Well I have good news if you were in college or liked to get stoned about 5-10 or more years ago. No, Dad I’m not a stoner, but I have been a massive fan of New England (woot! woot!) based Dispatch for what seems like decades and they are BACK. They are an independant outfit who found success with well written catchy tunes, insanely loyal grassroots fan base and a relentless touing schedule. Just when they seemed to be on top of the world, much to my dismay, they decided to call it quits… and dispatched with a quickness. A free show on Boston’s Hatch Shell waterfront with 100,000 of their closest fans was the proper and only way to send this band off. (side note: I used to live accross the street from Chad (guitar) in Brighton, MA and I lost count of the drunken party nights where I wanted to knock on his door at 4am and ask him to play me Dispatch songs or just call up the rest of the band wherever they were for a private show. A punch in the face would have been o.k. too and probably more likely/ deserved.)
Years later Chad, Braddigan and Pete reunited for three concerts at Madison Square Garden. Not only did they sell all three nights the (f-bomb) out, but they were the first and ONLY independent act to do so EVER. That my friends in the live music world is called a “holy shit statistic.” The proceeds went to Zimbabwe relief and then once again we were left with images and dreams of “The General” and “Bats in the Belfry” without hearing them… until now.
With a massive summer comeback tour in the works for 2011 and multiple dates on the books with Dave Matthews Caravan tour Dispatch is back with vengeance playing hot music spots across the country including LA’s gem of a venue, The Greek. So this is all good news. I’ll once again be able to get my fill of songs like “Even,” “Bang Bang,” “Mission” and “Melon Bend”?… yes “Melon Bend.”
With this summer tour comes a new EP and a new single just released FOR FREE on the bands website called “Melon Bend.” This tune is Dispatch’s first new music release in over a decade and it rocks.
Dispatch – Melon Bend
I was excited about the band getting back on the road and playing the hits like they should have ten years ago, but with this new music I’m even more excited. They still sound great. It’s a good time to be a Dispatch fan.
By: Steve Rippin | Beat-Play Ambassador Los Angeles | @stevewithMWL|Music Without Labels & Beat-Play, LLC