Live Review: Dispatch — House of Blues, West Hollywood
Thu, 27 Sep 2012 09:41:31
Last night at the House of Blues in West Hollywood, Dispatch threw a jamming party unlike anything else in Los Angeles right now.
In fact, once inside the venue, it wasn't even like being in the City of Angels anymore. With a free-spirited crowd clad in sandals and flowing dresses and a hunk of good vibes all about, the show might as well have been in Vermont or Western Massachusetts. That's how impressive Dispatch were. They packed the building with an open-minded music-loving contingent ready for a blast, and the trio delivered tenfold.
The title track from their phenomenal new album, Circles Around the Sun, exuded an acoustic bliss as Chad Stokes flawlessly crooned the chorus. Meanwhile, Braddigan and Pete Francis matched the harmonies seamlessly. On "Passerby", a deep reggae jam got the crowd grooving lithely as a trippy wah pedal solo, heightened the sonic bliss.
"Open Up" proved Dispatch's mettle tenfold. It felt like Bob Marley backed by Led Zeppelin. Take reggae flavor and match it with classic rock 'n' roll technicality and you get Dispatch. Stokes recounted the band's Greek Theatre show a few years back.
Wild surf guitar fueled a fiery "Time Served". Then there was "Bang Bang" which saw Stokes rap over a hulking bass beat. Overall, Dispatch made the House of Blues feel like an open field and summer, transporting everyone out of L.A. for two hours.
What's better than that?
Were you there?