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La Dispute Announce 'Wildlife' 10-Year Anniversary Australian Tour

27 April 2023 | 9:51 am | Mary Varvaris
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Catch La Dispute perform your favourite Wildlife tracks this August.

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One of the most beloved bands in melodic hardcore, La Dispute, are returning to Australia this August to celebrate the tenth anniversary of their iconic second album, Wildlife.

No, it’s not the album with Such Small Hands (“I think I saw you in my sleep, darling”), but the concept record that contains The Most Beautiful Bitter Fruit, King Park, and Harder Harmonies. Wildlife journeys through grief and loss, grappling with one’s sexuality, and fictional stories bundled into folk-influenced emo melodies.

This August, La Dispute honour Wildlife with their largest Australian headline tour to date. Kicking off in Brisbane on Friday, 18 August, the tour will hit Sydney, Newcastle, Canberra, Adelaide, and Perth before finishing up in Melbourne on Sunday, 27 August, at the Forum Theatre. Find all dates and venue information below.

A Kill Your Stereo album review found that Wildlife has a brilliant flow, possibly due to the pre-determined theme and narrative that holds the album together. “The production on this record has helped greatly to achieve this cohesion, it is noticeable straight away on the opening tracks a Departure and Harder Harmonies,” the review notes. 

“Whilst both tracks are filled with intensity, it is the subtle production tricks and nuances, especially the wind chimes in the opener, that tell you the band have really stepped their game up on this release.

“Musically the group are masters of unique chord progressions and off-kilter song structures, especially in tracks like St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church Blues and a Letter, but the record highlight is unquestionably King Park, the ultimate portrayal of what these guys are capable of. Whilst the sounds used in the songs are never really ‘heavy,’ it is the aggression and passion in the playing that make these tracks so powerful.”

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Tickets to La Dispute’s Wildlife tenth anniversary Australian tour go on sale next Thursday, 4 May, at 10 am local time. However, if you can’t wait that long, sign up for pre-sale access here so you can nab your Early Bird tickets on Tuesday, 2 May, at 10 am AEST.

You can stream or buy Wildlife on Bandcamp.

LA DISPUTE
WILDLIFE 10 YEAR ANNIVERSARY AND RECITAL 

AUSTRALIAN TOUR DATES:
  
FRIDAY 18 AUGUST - PRINCESS THEATRE, BRISBANE (LIC AA)
 SATURDAY 19 AUGUST - METRO THEATRE, SYDNEY (LIC AA)
 SUNDAY 20 AUGUST - VENUE TBA, NEWCASTLE (18+)
 TUESDAY 22 AUGUST - UC HUB, CANBERRA (18+)
 THURSDAY 24 AUGUST - THE GOV, ADELAIDE (LIC AA)
 FRIDAY 25 AUGUST - MAGNET HOUSE, PERTH (18+)
 SUNDAY 27 AUGUST: FORUM THEATRE, MELBOURNE (18+)
 
Tickets from destroyalllines.com