Slacker Logo



The New England jam band Dispatch comprised Brad Corrigan, Pete Heimbold, and Chad Urmston, who first got 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 release of Four-Day Trials, a fan-friendly album of first takes and live favorites that featured a jammy take on the Beastie Boys' "Root Down." Who Are We Living For? followed that October, and was marked by a protest song vibe to go with the normal round of good-time grooves. By this point, Dispatch had built a sizable East Coast following due to frequent university gigs and a strong Internet presence. The buzz secured the band some national modern rock airplay of the reggae-tinged single "Open Up." They returned in 2001 with Gut the Van, which enjoyed national distribution through the Digital Club Network online store and showcased the band's energetic live act. In 2003, however, the bandmates announced their amicable decision to split up; the following year, Dispatch played what was said to be the band's final concert, a free show that drew upwards of 110,000 fans to the Hatch Shell in Boston. The live album All Points Bulletin documented the event, and the three members subsequently disbanded to pursue other ventures. Fans didn't have to wait long for a reunion, however, as Dispatch reunited in the summer of 2007 for a string of benefit concerts. A CD/DVD package, Dispatch: Zimbabwe: Live at Madison Square Garden, was released to commemorate the shows. In 2011, the band announced that they would be reuniting, playing a series of shows across the United States. Together again, Dispatch released Circles Around the Sun, an album produced by Peter Katis (Interpol, Jonsi, the National), which found the band exploring an expansive new sound after their ten-year hiatus. It was followed in 2013 by the double-disc live album Ain’t No Trip to Cleveland, Vol. 1. The band then retreated into the studio to begin work on their next album, taking time out to play their second headlining show at Madison Square Garden in July of 2015. That studio effort, America, Location 12, was released in June 2017, and Dispatch set out on tour in support, playing a string of dates in the United States (with Guster) and Europe (with Current Swell). ~ Johnny Loftus
Read More Read Less

Stations Featuring

    New Alternative First

    New Alternative First
    1 song

Albums by

Top Songs by

  1.   Song
  2.   Flying Horses
  3.   The General
  4.   Open Up
  5.   Carry You
  6.   Bats in the Belfry
  7.   Melon Bend
  8.   Circles Around the Sun
  9.   Curse + Crush
  10.   Only the Wild Ones
  11.   Two Coins
  12.   Mission
  13.   10 Ft., 5 Ft., Bag 'Em
  14.   Drive
  15.   Out Loud
  16.   Bang Bang
  17.   Not Messin'
  18.   Hey... Hey...
  19.   Railway
  20.   Passerby
  21.   Josaphine
  22.   Carnival
  23.   Here We Go
  24.   Skin the Rabbit
  25.   Riddle
  26.   Even
  27.   Blood
  28.   Fats
  29.   Spades
  30.   Steeples
  31.   Feels So Good
  32.   Never or Now
  33.   Broken American
  34.   Craze
  35.   5/4
  36.   Ride a Tear
  37.   Hubs
  38.   Cover This
  39.   Prince of Spades
  40.   Granite
  41.   Time Served
  42.   Everybody Clap
  43.   What Do You Wanna Be
  44.   Past the Falls
  45.   Flag
  46.   Sign of the Times
  47.   Valentine
  48.   Other Side
  49.   The Way It Goes
  50.   Dem Shoes
  51.   Cut It Ya Match It
  52.   Headlights
  53.   Parade Speed
  54.   Lightning
  55.   How Now?
  56.   Elias
  57.   Born Normal
  58.   Bulls on Parade
  59.   Gone
  60.   Whirlwind
  61.   Begin Again
  62.   Mother & Child Reunion
  63.   Get Ready Boy
  64.   Turn This Ship Around
  65.   Con Man
  66.   Con Man
  67.   Beto
  68.   Camilo
  69.   Whaddya Wannabe
  70.   Fallin'
  71.   Wide Right Turns
  72.   Bullet Holes
  73.   5/4 Here We Go
  74.   D. Bite
  75.   Walk With You
  76.   Bridges
  77.   Mayday
  78.   Water Stop
  79.   Questioned Apocalypse
  80.   Just Like Larry
  81.   Bound by Love
  82.   Broken American
  83.   Customs
  84.   Douggie Maximus
  85.   Root Down
  86.   Seasons, Movement 3
  87.   Melon Bend
  88.   Beto

Artists Related to Dispatch