America, Location 12

America, Location 12

by DispatchDispatch


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Since emerging in the late '90s, New England trio Dispatch have been a tough band to pin down. A loosely attributed roots rock power trio with moments of pop and folk transcendence, they became D.I.Y. indie heroes during the early days of file sharing, building a massive fan base without becoming a household name. In 2007, five years after going on hiatus, they quickly sold out a three-night reunion run at Madison Square Garden, then waited another five years to reunite in the studio for 2012's Circles Around the Sun. With their sixth studio effort, 2017's America, Location 12, Dispatch continue to evolve, delivering a richly layered set that covers facets of their past while nudging them into new territory. Opener "Be Gone" is an early high point, weaving together dazzling electric riffs, pastoral West Coast tones, and exultant indie folk harmonies into a dynamic mini-opus that plays out over six minutes. It immediately feels unlike anything else in their catalog and seems pulled out of the misty hills around Panoramic House, the coastal Northern California studio where the album was recorded. The sunny African guitar feel of "Only the Wild Ones" is further indication that the trio's change of locale had a direct effect on their overall vibes. The low-key road anthem "Painted Yellow Lines" is another standout, as is "WindyLike," a gently psychedelic groover owing a significant debt to Led Zeppelin. There are slightly heavier rock moments like the politically charged "Skin the Rabbit" and the hooky "Atticus Cobain," but throughout it all, the Golden State makes its presence known in the album's stretched-out open feel. By allowing themselves to marinate in Pacific waters, Dispatch translate their ambition into something more appealingly even-keeled than on previous releases.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/02/2017
Label: Bomber Records
UPC: 5060454948759
catalogNumber: 837
Rank: 36475

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Dispatch   Primary Artist
Claudia Lennear   Vocals
Peter Adams   Organ,Synthesizer,Mellotron
John Dragonetti   Synthesizer,Bass,Guitar,Percussion,Drums,Electric Guitar,Keyboards,Tambourine,Vocals,Slide Guitar,Hand Clapping,Electric Bagpipes
Brad Corrigan   Banjo,Guitar,Percussion,Drums,Vocals,Charango,Group Member
Pete Francis   Guitar,Vocals,Group Member
Jon Reilly   Vocals,Background Vocals
Mike Sawitzke   Organ,Guitar,Trumpet,Vocals,Hand Clapping,Shaker,Synthesizer Bass,Fuzz Bass
Chadwick Stokes   Bass,Guitar,Tambourine,Tom-Tom,Vocals,Group Member
Willy Urmston   Banjo

Technical Credits

John Rummen   Art Direction
John Dragonetti   Producer,drum programming,Bass Programming,Cover Photo
Dispatch   Composer
Brad Corrigan   Composer,Whistle
Pete Heimbold   Composer
John Mailloux   Drum Engineering
Charlie Stokes Urmston   Composer
Mike Sawitzke   Producer,Engineer,Tom Tom Engineer,Vocal Group
Chadwick Stokes   Whistle
Nicky Rheaume   Art Direction
Duncan Aitken   Engineer

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