Upon Completing the 13 Hour Drive Home from New York,

04/19/2011 § 13 Comments

Some statements and some thoughts:

First, tracking for what will be either our 2nd or 3rd full length (depending on how you look at it) is completed. Two weeks holed up in Harlem recording, writing, rewriting, and arranging 14 new songs with some really great people now feels quite eerily like a figment of my imagination, a dream of sorts. It’s a strange but familiar feeling, having stepped again back into normalcy, and I’m welcoming it. Adjustment to home life starts now, with preparations for tour on the horizon, where we will again get the opportunity to spend time in Never, Never Land playing music and hanging out with good friends. Of course, there is a lot to do yet to complete the record as a whole. Kinks to work out (there are undoubtedly some kinks), tracks to mix and master, artwork to finish, and the like. Give it some time.

And, going back a bit, on the other hand, it’s a wholly unfamiliar feeling. For one, it’s been two and a half years since we last finished something of this size and scope, so committing to completion is a bit tricky and incredibly bizarre (a record is a funny thing in that way). And for two, we’re empty in a way of something to occupy us, having now finished something that has dominated all of our thought processes for some time. That feels weird, more than anything. Eyes to tour! Anyway.

Second, and file this under thoughts, I’m confident I speak for everyone when I say that we are immensely proud of every pick scrape, rim shot, tambourine shake, unintentional voice crack, intentional voice crack, gritty bass tone, etc. on the record, and we can’t wait for the time when you and anyone else interested in hearing it is able to. It’s different, but it’s still us. You’ll see. I’m excited.

Third, preliminary dedication for this record is for anyone who has ever lost someone or something that gave them purpose and was simultaneously confronted with the always daunting task of finding it back or finding something else to replace it. You will, you will.

Fourth, first line of a seemingly unending list of thank you’s goes to the following: Andrew Everding and Joe Pedulla (for absolutely everything), David Summers, for being the absolute best dude in existence and for taking great pictures, Parry, Juliet, and everyone else at StadiumRed in New York, Kenny Czadzeck for opening both of his apartments to us, Jake Cary, for the hospitality, our old friend Bianca for hosting us so graciously, Tucker, Steve, and Jaime for hanging out with us, Max the cat for being an absolute legend, Chris at No Sleep for helping us do this, and to the New York City transit system, without which we would not have survived. Apologies if I’m forgetting someone, I promise there will be plenty more to come.

In conclusion, I’m tired. We’re all tired. But we’ll talk later, I know. Until then, I hope everything is well.

-Jordan + Dudes, who are likely (hopefully) asleep in their beds.

(Sincerest apologies if this is hazy at all. I’m in a daze)


§ 13 Responses to Upon Completing the 13 Hour Drive Home from New York,

  • Karla says:

    This is a great update! I am so excited for this to be released. I know you guys worked your asses off, no doubt.
    -With much love, karla (:

  • Alex Dorr says:

    I’m so excited for the release! I smiled many times while reading this update. I wish you guys the best!

    Thank you La Dispute for existing, making music, and showing the world what you guys can really do!

  • Devin Brines says:

    Thanks for the update, Jordan. I am so excited to buy the new album and to see you in Michigan.


  • austin says:

    i fucking love you guys. i cannot wait for another piece of your inspiration to help me through this little thing i call my life..
    thank you for all that you do for us.
    -the ones whos stories will never be heard

  • Pablo Cuesta says:

    ^ I Agree, this is insane! i’m so excited to hear this new album, im sure it’ll be amazing.
    -With Anxiousness, Pablo.

  • katie Ilana says:

    I have been eagerly awaiting some new stuff and a chance to catch you on tour. Hopefully that will come with the release of your new album. I’m sure it’s fantastic and I can’t wait to hear it! Thanks for loving what you do. 🙂
    –Katie Ilana

  • Stephen Yates says:

    This is awesome, guys. I’m so glad to hear about the new album, and to hear that everything’s going well!
    If you do tour, please come to Perth, Western Australia. I know it’s so far away from everywhere else, ahaha, but I stupidly missed the last show you played here, and that’s like, the biggest mistake I’ve ever made. 😦
    Good luck touring, and with the record!

  • Zoey says:

    Fuck! I’m so extremely excited by all of this!
    When you tour come back to Australia and play in Byron!
    we’d love to have you 🙂

  • martin says:

    as i read this post, i thought of 5 guys laying on the ground sweating. eyes closed. happy. understand what youre feeling. doesnt matter how much time it needs till we all take a listen to it. waiting is one of the most exciting parts of a process like this. enjoy your time till the tours. btw: im really happy to know that youll be in germany in july. this time you gonna play ‘the last lost continent’. till then, i have to keep my promise from the concert in berlin of learning the text to sing with you.

  • Joe V says:

    Holy hell my socks are wet with anticipation!

  • Rainer says:

    Thanks for keeping us updated on what you do and sharing some personal stuff, this makes me feel at least a bit familiar to you guys.

  • Stephanie says:

    Hey guys.
    Thanks so much for the update. I can’t wait for you guys to tour again. I’m hoping to see you at Bled Fest, but if not, try to plan a stop in South Bend. We love you here and you haven’t played a show here in a while.
    Best of luck with mixing and all that. 🙂

  • Emmanuel says:

    check this link your in the top 10 🙂 http://www.nme.com/blog/index.php?blog=149&title=10_heavy_new_bands_to_see_this_summer&more=1&c=1&tb=1&pb=1
    Great news I just can’t wait for the moment i’ll push the play button. Keep up the good work
    I’ve already reserved my plane ticket to see you this summer in Paris with Touché Amoré @ “le batofar” I hope the show won’t be canceled!

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