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Four-Day Trials [Remastered]

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Album Review

Part of what makes Dispatch so likeable is their raw, diverse sound. Any given song features a multitude of vocals, hard-hitting guitar riffs, or soft, soothing instrumentals. That said, it stands to reason that sitting in on a recording session with Dispatch as they tinker around and attempt new sounds is probably the best way to experience their music. And that is exactly the feel you get when listening to Four-Day Trials, a ten-track collection of first takes recorded in a studio over a four-day period in 1997. While it is not Dispatch's most accomplished album, the impromptu recording, and thus the raw sounds that emerge on the record make it something unique. Many of the tracks on the album are popular songs heard at one of Dispatch's many electrifying shows. The unusual guitar sounds at the beginning of "Bullet Holes" likens the track to an old western folk song, while the storytelling and sharp vocals give the track a spoken word type of feel. Of course, as is the case throughout the album, "Bullet Holes" saves room for several electric guitar solos accompanied by various percussion sounds. For only the second song on the album, it is a perfect example of the multitude of genres that Dispatch's music spans. "Here We Go" is the album's first spunky, fast track, and it hardly relents, avoiding the ska-sounding instrumentals for more hard-hitting and politically driven lyrics that have become a symbol of the band. Staying true to their form — that is, to avoid any sort of musical pattern — the album's next track is the softest, most melodic song. "Cover This" threatens to go heavy at several points, but instead reverts to more of a reggae sound, relying more on drums and other beats than guitars and keyboards in the beginning, before finally giving in to experimental guitar jamming as the lengthy song concludes. When Dispatch is not busy making their own hits, they are making other peoples' hits even better. "Root Down," the famous Beastie Boys song, appears late on Four-Day Trials, Rovi

Customer Reviews

Dispatch how we miss you

Without any help from radio this band grew to be great. Devoted fans will love this album. Its best songs are cover this, mission, and here we go. They are an amazing live band and this cd demostrates that which made us love them. The blend of funk rock and reggae is like no other. Each member of the band brings their vocal talents to the stage as well as their love of music.

Solid album w/ some hidden gems

Great album from early dispatch circa '99, i believe. Recorded live, full band, in a studio-like setting. Along with the more popular tracks like mission, headlights, and cover this- there are some amazing musicianship and catchy songs like what do you wanna be, bullet holes and here we go. B to B+ in my opinion. if you want old school acoustic and vocal harmonies dispatch (or one fell swoop during the time) check out silent steeples and bang bang. new school- who are we living for

Not there most popular but AMAZING

This cd is unlike anyother dispatch cd out there. They have a unique sound in this cd. They are amazing live and this cd shows how diverse sounding they can be.

Biography

Formed: 1996 in Middlebury, VT

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

The New England jam band Dispatch was comprised of Brad Corrigan, Pete Heimbold, and Chad Urmston, who first grouped together while attending Middlebury College in Vermont. The young band debuted in 1996 with Silent Steeples and returned a year later with Bang Bang. Both albums displayed the trio's three-part harmonies and cheeky, college-friendly mix of Barenaked Ladies-style acoustic pop and folk-rock, with some reggae and funk influences tossed in for good measure. June 2000 saw the issue of Four-Day...
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Four-Day Trials [Remastered], Dispatch
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  • $9.99
  • Genres: Rock, Music, Jam Bands, Adult Alternative
  • Released: Jun 06, 2000

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