Dispatch, the upbeat rock band that’s heralded as one of the biggest independent bands in history, is in the middle of one of their most prolific periods to date. The band is riding a creative wave with a slew of studio recordings amidst a rigorous tour schedule that only seems to fuel their fire even further.
Following the release of last year’s massively successful album America, Location 12 (the band’s first in five years), the seasoned trio went back out to the mythical setting in Northern California: Stinson Beach’s Panoramic House, to wrap up some recording that they didn’t finish the first time around (alongside producer John Dragonetti [The Submarines] and engineer Mike Sawitzke [Eels]). This new collection of music is Location 13, and it finds the band pushing boundaries and breaking new ground, welcoming old fans and new audiences alike by building new classics and reaching new heights with this special collection of songs that’s out now via the band’s own Bomber Records/AWAL and features single “Letter To Lady J.”
It’s impossible to deny that few bands – at any level – have been able to achieve what Dispatch has: three sold-out shows at Madison Square Garden to raise funds for Zimbabwean humanitarian efforts, world tours and a concert in Boston that drew 110,000 fans. They’ve been known, since the band’s inception, as being more than just about the music – they’ve constantly directed their energy to causes and campaigns along the way. Apart from their work as a trio, Stokes also created a non-profit, Calling All Crows, that joins bands and fans together in collective activism that’s raised more than a half a million dollars, and Corrigan has been at work on Love Light + Melody to amplify the stories of children who live in extreme poverty.
Dispatch is going full steam ahead into this new era with both the passion and vigor of a band in their infancy and the knowledge and power of one together for twenty years and counting. In a world where hope is in short supply, fear runs rampant and alternative facts blare louder than the truth, we need, more than ever, music that is honest. And Dispatch is rising to the occasion by creating music that is vital to their fan base and beyond.