The band consists of Brad Corrigan vocals , drums , guitar , percussion , and harmonica , Pete Francis Heimbold vocals, bass , and guitar , and Chad Urmston vocals, guitar, bass, and percussion. The band, which is based in the Boston area, was originally active from until The members then announced a hiatus, which would ultimately last for almost a decade; during this period, the band came together for reunion concerts in Boston , New York City , and Washington, D. The hiatus ended in the beginning of , when the band announced a national tour. In May of the same year, Dispatch released an EP containing six new songs, their first all-new release since The band released both their first studio album in over a decade, Circles Around the Sun , and an iTunes session in and toured North America that summer in support of the album. After a long hiatus, Dispatch returned with their new album, America, Location 12 , released on June 2, They soon changed their name to Dispatch after a dispute with another band of the same name. Chad Urmston , Brad Corrigan , and Pete Heimbold , who were all attending Middlebury College , comprised the band's lineup throughout their entire schooling.
We also want to be clear that drawing the line at criminalized abuse or rape, and otherwise looking the other way, contributes to the normalization of all forms of sexual violence. To any survivors or allies who were upset by our past relationship with Nahko, we are sorry. When we asked him to join us on our Summer tour, we had not heard any accounts of sexual misconduct or abuse and naively correlated his commitment to activism as equivalent to upstanding behavior that we would be proud to have on the road with us. Once on tour, we saw red flags but did not witness or hear any accounts of violence. Over the past year and a half we started to hear rumblings of his past harmful behaviors and privately decided to stop working with him. We are grateful to the women and girls who have persistently spoken up through the years only to be actively silenced by Facebook group moderators and others. We have in the past and will continue to quietly refuse to work with any band, artist, festival, or individual known to be part of cultures where sexual abuse can hide in the open. But we only speak out here publicly with the explicit consent or call to action from those who were harmed by Nahko. Asking Nahko here, and through private outreach to him and his team, to respond meaningfully to each of these harrowing accounts. Asking other artists, promoters, talent buyers and those in decision-making positions to not work with Nahko until he meets the forthcoming demands of survivors speaking out and organizing.
Where people listen
Around the new millennium, when Metallica was trying to sink digital music piracy, college-aged acoustic rock trio Dispatch was sailing it across the country. Despite having never played out West before and, as a completely independent project, having no marketing presence there , Pomona College in California wanted the band to play a spring festival. Dumbfounded, but grateful, Dispatch took the offer. The band was winding down in a classroom-turned-dressing room when the student who organized the show let them in on what millions of internet music nerds already knew.
The big events come along once every three or four years. Take the Olympics or the World Cup - major happenings known as much for their rarity as for their unique ability to pull together a community of people. And while nobody would think of comparing a Dispatch concert to these global events, for their devoted fans the band's concert tour, the first in a decade, is very big news indeed. For those not aware of what happens when the members of Dispatch - Brad Corrigan, Pete Heimbold and Chad Stokes - get together to play, take a look at what happened during their last hometown appearance, 's concert at Boston Hatch Shell. Inspired to play together again to raise money for charities in Zimbabwe, the band quickly sold out the first night in just minutes, making Dispatch the first independent band ever to sell out the storied venue. It was their first time playing together onstage in more than three years. As the band's fan base grew, they began releasing albums on their own Bomber Records label.