A little "Only The Wild Ones" acoustic action in Chad's living room. Featuring JR on percussion and Matt Embree on guitar. Shout out to OurVinyl for filming.
To our beloved DISPATCH fans:
Pete here. It is a genuine honor and pleasure to be part of the DISPATCH family - alongside Chad and Brad - and to feel your love and support from all the years. There is nothing quite like it.
Last year, I was unable to join the European Tour. And I am realizing now that its likely I will not be able to join Chad and Brad on the road again this year.
Like others you may know, I battle depression. In order to get better, this problem requires my complete focus and every bit of energy I can spare.
Making the decision to take a leave-of-absence from the band has been hard. Yet, the extraordinary compassion, love and patience I feel from our close DISPATCH family… from Chad, Brad, Steve, Dalton, Sybil, and from my wife Katie, has now given me the strength to move ahead and the ability to come to this decision.
In sharing my decision with you publicly for the first time, I feel a much needed sense of relief that will allow me to focus all of my energy on my healing. My entire family continues to offer their unconditional love and support as well.
It is a tricky process to try to live and cope with any mental illness. The suffering and pain can sometimes be intense – and can come and go without warning. Yet the warmth from friends, family and fans has helped me to endure, to persevere – and mostly, to continue to have hope.
So I will be taking some time off from the band now to try some new approaches and learn how to better manage my illness. I am grateful that I can share this personal piece of myself and what I am experiencing with all of you. My hope is that I will also get to share with you some of my successes as I travel what may be a rocky and sometimes uncertain path toward well-being.
While I can’t tour with Chad and Brad right now, the good news is that I was able to work with them to record our latest album! I am SO proud of our work and can’t wait for all of you to hear it.
THANK YOU again for all the LOVE you have already sent my way. It has truly been an awesome journey so far and I will continue every day to look forward to seeing you before too much longer.
And so it begins...a new Dispatch adventure and some new tunes to boot. We've got a new song out today called "Only The Wild Ones" and a summer tour that kicks off June 16th at Red Rocks Amphitheatre. Our friends in Guster will be joining us for most of the shows, and we’ll be playing heaps of new cities for the first time ever! Cedar Rapids, here's looking at you.
Tickets for all shows - except Levitate and Telluride - go on on sale Friday February 24th at 10AM venue local time, but you can get the best seats in the house beginning Monday February 20th at 10AM venue local time with presale code: WILDONES. As an extra bonus for the presale folks, we've chopped $5 off the price of the 250 seats closest to the stage. Get in early, as they're gonna go fast.
We are so excited to hit the road again to play songs, new and old. Beyond the music, it's an opportunity for us to get out in the country, get a sense of how people are doing and learn about what they’re thinking. That's one reason why we're going to so many new places. We'll be bringing along our fellow road dogs, JR and Matt Embree, as well. Matt is from the legendary band RX Bandits, one of the best live bands ever. He’s a wizard on four and six strings. JR and Chad have spent many nights on the road traveling across the US and he'll be helping us round out percussion. Embree and JR got their Dispatch sea legs this past year in Europe and are wonderful souls to be on stage with.
Our songs have always addressed a variety of topics ranging from immigrants to refugees to veterans to indigenous peoples to victims of gun violence. It's going to be interesting to sing some these songs in this charged political climate of our time, but we believe that these concerts provide us all with an opportunity to come together as a community, find our common bonds and share a great night of music and friendship.
So what can we tell you about "Only The Wild Ones?"
We're releasing it first because it reminds us of summer and celebrates the spirit of the journey that we hope to go on with all of you. It's a song that speaks to the beauty of the world that eagerly awaits us and our exploration of it. Chad began writing it when we were in Australia a few years back. He was playing with a guitar that Pete's friend had made and started reminiscing about folks he met in college.
"There was this guy named Trevor Tall Fox that I met during my short stint in Vermont. We bonded over our love for primitive cultures, flinging ourselves down the mountain side, naked skateboarding, running from the cops and train hopping. I left Middlebury after a year and we unfortunately lost touch, but I heard that he changed his name after moving to Costa Rica. After Vermont, I settled in New York City for a few years. I met a tall fellow from Chicago named Charlie and he was on a mission to soak up everything New York had to offer. I was glad to tag along. He was hell bent on reading the New York Times from start to finish everyday and eventually having an interview show like Charlie Rose. He was also an incredible dancer, not an easy feat for someone 6’6”. He was all limbs but he could move like the best of 'em. We'd run up walls and climb street lamps - he had no trouble causing a scene. This was right around the time when Giuliani outlawed dancing in pubs and bars. So we made it our business to go out and start dance parties (and no one could start a party like Charlie) in all the nearby bars. This song is about those guys, it’s about wild best friends that made anything possible."
We so look forward to spending time with all of you this summer and and can't wait to have you join us on this next Dispatch journey. And don't worry if you're in Europe or on the west coast, you're next.
- Brad, Chad and Pete
And the summer 2017 announcements begin! Dispatch is returning to Colorado this June for the Telluride Bluegrass Festival. Tickets are available here.
The 20th anniversary pressing of Silent Steeples landed this morning and it's available now in our web store.
Every copy of the white 2xLP album is individually numbered and comes with an instant MP3 download.
So that’s it! Just as fast as we went into the cave we came right back out. 14 days straight recording batches of songs, 17 in total that will likely get whittled down to 10-12 for our new album. All the primary rhythm guitar tracks, secondary color tracks, and now drums + percussion have been laid down. So exciting to feel and see the center of each new song now that they have finally moved from demo to production!
We also surfed without wetsuits for about 11 minutes one day, met a blind dog named Atticus hiking around some old missile silos, ate beet salad like it was going out of style, and quoted our go to movies until we could laugh no more… Saturday Night Live clips, particularly Kate McKinnon skits, lit us up many many times… Anything to keep it fresh and the creativity light and flowing...
Stoked to take a week long break now to get our ears back, and then we’ll get back crackin’ on all the overdubbin’. And den mon, we be laying down all dem vocals! Honestly can’t wait for this next phase… Kind of like building a house where it can take forever to get from dreaming it up to drawings, and then to laying the foundation and framing out the structure... Well that’s where it feels like we are now, checking out all the wet cement and framing of these new tunes… And if all is completely Bomber, than we’ll so enjoy seeing it all go up so fast from here! Vocals, harmonies, and keys are walls and paint; claves, shakers, programming, boot stomps and claps are floors and ceilings; and then the last little bright & chimy details, usually on kiddie piano, xylophone, finger bells, or glockenspiel, are the finishing details like doors and tile and backsplash and… Yea something like that anyway!
Just a really fun and ever-changing process, with so many twists and turns that you just have to go for the ride… There’s this illusion of control in a recording process because of all the preparation and practice you’ve put into a new batch of songs. But the truth is the creative process is something you can’t control, but instead have to surrender to… And then the songs start to reveal themselves by the strength of their spirit and how much they have to say, and we just respond to what a song is calling for! So yea, it’s been and will continue to be a melting down of many thoughts and ideas, riffs + references, to create an alchemy unique to this moment for the band.
More to come… We’ll surely keep you posted as we can’t wait to share the new music with you!!
We are set half way up a mountain side in a recording studio that is equal parts tall ship and castle- made from timber, glass, and stone of all different shapes and sizes. Pretty much everything here feels like it was found, salvaged, or drifted up on shore! And we can see and hear the constant wash of the waves breaking a quarter mile below us too. (Ahh if we could only zip line it!) Just an amazing and super inspiring place to make music and bring new songs to life.
We’re 5 days in at this point and have been laying down layer upon layer of everything stringed - acoustic guitar, electric, 12 string, suitcase guitar, high strung, banjo, mandolin, ukulele, & charango- for 9 songs thus far. Another 5-6 songs to go the next few days and then we’ll start building the thump, where we’ll bring out all the frame drums, percussion, & drum kit.
And it’s all happening in one huge open room which is a really cool vibe. Really different than a conventional studio with lots of separation, glass, and isolation booths. Starting our days with hikes, beach walks, coffee, and Dandy Lion tea.
Speaking of, day 6 is about to begin!