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La Dispute – Rooms of the House

La Dispute's specific brand of post-hardcore is one that is deeply rooted in pain, longing, melancholy, and the angst of youth, a trait shared by their few contemporaries, Pianos Become the Teeth being the closest in theme and style. Weaving together a collection of interconnected stories very much tied in the band's home state of Michigan, Rooms of the House sees the band expanding on the formula they perfected on their previous endeavor Wildlife. Over the course of it's runtime, lead vocalist Jordan Dreyer weaves a series of symbolic, cryptic stories that are stark, beautiful, and often sad. This is a band that has always had a way with words, and while other elements of their sound are often polarizing among listeners, no one can deny their lyricism is anything less than superb.