Celebrated roots rock band Dispatch have announced the launch of an extraordinary multi-part project that will be released in a series of phases, and today fans can stream “Phase 1.” This series of phased drops will culminate in the band’s eighth studio album in 2021.
The journey begins with the chaos of “Phase 1,” which works its way through a litany of modern fears and frustration on the driving “May We All,” and laments the direction of the country in no uncertain terms on the simmering “All This Time” (listen closely for soulful vocal contributions from The White Buffalo), followed by the sadness of losing a loved one on “One By One.”
This music is pure Dispatch, blending infectious roots rock with hints of reggae, folk and blues, and the production is suitably lean and energetic, leaving plenty of space for some of the group’s most pointed political lyrics to date. The result is a timely and essential collection of songs from a band still breaking new ground two and a half decades into its storied career, an ode to resilience and survival that manages to find hope and joy on even the darkest of days.
“Everyone in this country has been facing some kind of turmoil these last four years,” said Chadwick Stokes. “As fathers of young kids who worry about what kind of world we’re leaving behind, as people who’ve lost family and friends to suicide and addiction, as bandmates navigating this transition from trio to duo, I think that feeling of everything being in flux was particularly acute for Brad and me. Writing’s always been the way we’ve made sense of the world, though, so that’s what we did.”
Adds Brad Corrigan, “We wanted to walk people through the feelings of sadness and anger and loss we’ve all been experiencing lately and take them to the other side. We wanted to deliver them to a place where they’re wiser and more compassionate, a place where they’re kinder and more unified, a place where they’re ready to truly protect and care for each other.”
These are lofty goals at any time, let alone at the end of the brutal year we’ve all experienced, and that’s the challenge Stokes and Corrigan were compelled to meet.
Stay tuned for updates, information and the release of “Phase 2” in the coming weeks.