Jordan Dreyer, the vocalist of Michigan post-hardcore band La Dispute spoke with Jesse Menendez on The MusicVox about the themes and narratives on their latest album Room of the House.
The MusicVox airs weekdays 4-6 PM on 91.1 FM & 90.7 FM (CHI) / 89.5 FM (NWI) / www.vocalo.org
The explanation behind First Reactions is awesome. This whole thing is great guys, listen to it.
“Sunday Morning is about a dream I had once about a funeral and is for anyone who has ever lost someone; for any dream, waking or sleeping; and for those with regrets so strong they stir them from sleep. Let Go.” - Jordan Dreyer
Unofficial music video for La Dispute’s “Woman (In Mirror)”
Shot in New York City on a Bolex with 35mm black and white Kodak film. I love this band so much, with all of their wonderful melodies and vivid story telling, there is rarely moving pictures to go with the music. I really wanted to try to do something about that and would like to again.
This is the first thing I’m putting up on here and I hope you enjoy it.
Hey guys, I would really appreciate it if you checked out this video I made, even if it is only for a few seconds. I love LD as much as anything and hope you can find some pleasure, or solace, or whatever it may be with this song and a visual accompaniment
This is awesome. Great job!
La Dispute Here, Hear covers
Done by myself;
Watercolor + Masking Fluid
I will never trust a thing
La Dispute at The Varsity Theatre
Some real fast self portraits trying unsuccessfully to smile, something I’ve never had to draw before.
In the past, I’ve found that a lot of my inspiration comes from depression/anxiety. The best songs are the sad ones, the best movies are the ones that bum me out, the best comics are the ones that make me think. I’ve always had this strange relationship where channeling sadness into creativity can create happiness, or at the very least, satiety. At times, I’ve even allowed spells of depression to come on or worsen in an effort to produce more emotion-based work (NOT recommended). However, I’m in a strange place recently where I don’t have any of those negative feelings to channel, and in a way it makes me concerned for my own creativity.
I am not uninspired, those who follow me on instagram will notice I’ve been drawing a lot more than usual and have been trying some new things, trying to constantly improve and maintain some kind of routine creative exercise. However, I have been missing the feeling of needing an outlet, and recent work has been simply fun or technical practice.
The above sketches were a way to test out some new photoshop brushes with some very rough pencil sketches I scanned in, but also a tongue-in-cheek way for me to acknowledge that it might be a good idea to get used to drawing self portraits with a stupid smile on for a while, and to acknowledge my past tendency to rely on sadness for artistic inspiration is not a healthy/smart thing to do. So heres hoping I can figure out how to draw smiling characters, write some decent jokes, and come up with new ways to visually and audibly portray my thoughts.