PLAYING the Brudenell Social Club in Leeds on April 24 will be Michigan band La Dispute.

The five-piece from Grand Rapids is responsible for some of the most uncompromising, experimental hardcore music of the last decade.

From their 2008 debut Somewhere at the Bottom of the River Between Vega and Altair, to 2011’s Wildlife, to 2015’s Rooms of the House, La Dispute have continually pushed themselves to find new ways to portray some of the most difficult and universally affecting subject matters.

Casting a wide stylistic net that includes jazz, blues, spoken word, screamo and prog rock, La Dispute have developed a sound that, while constantly evolving, is unmistakably theirs. Their fourth full-length, Panorama, recorded in 2017 and 2018, set out to continue the theme.

A spokesman said: “It’s a highly ambitious and deeply affecting body of work that filters narrative storytelling through a personal lens, like a set of Joan Didion essays set to music. It’s heavier and weirder than previous efforts, taking the intensity of Wildlife and the patience of Rooms of the House and using them as pillars upon which to build something new.”

Panorama has not been without its challenges, both creatively and practically. Only three members were living in Michigan when they started writing, with drummer Bradley Vander Lugt now living in Australia.

They batted ideas back and forth over the internet, then rented a studio space for three months when Brad could fly to the USA with his family.

After two months they had seven tracks finished, but no band members were happy with them, so they worked quickly to create an entirely new album.