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La Dispute Release Statement About Guitarist Departure

Posted by - 09:56 AM on 04/18/14
La Dispute posted a statement about the departure of guitarist Kevin Whittemore.
For those of you not present at either our Grand Rapids or our Cleveland show this past Sunday and Monday respectively (excepting of course close friends not in attendance who were privy to this information prior to the commencement of tour), Kevin has, after roughly ten years of standing to my left and playing guitar in La Dispute, decided to move on to pursue other endeavors. Unsurprisingly, he’s stepping only sideways in his passion, opting instead to pursue the building of beautiful guitars rather than to play guitar beautifully as a profession, enrolling in a luthiery school here in our home state of Michigan starting this summer.

As those of you forced to suffer through my sentimental speeches during his final two shows have already heard me say, it’s as difficult for us to see him step down as it must’ve been for him to commit to doing so, and our sadness in him leaving is surpassed only by our excitement for him in the future he has chosen. He is nothing short of truly remarkable human, and he has been a vitally important member of whatever this thing is since it’s earliest infancy and the remaining four members of it plus extended family are forever in debt for his contributions both as a musician and, more importantly always, as a dear friend. There’s already a Kevbo shaped hole in me and in all of us, and we’ll feel it forever, I know. There’s really nobody like him.

And of course, I speak only of that absence in the context of the van and on stage–we’ll all remain family till death. Anybody who was in attendance for the farewell hometown show and his final show knows that without a shred of uncertainty (the chants were unreal, thank you). In all honesty, we wouldn’t be posting this were it not to combat the internet’s nasty habit of misinformation. This was a decision made between Kevin and us, five friends who’ve done more together than we ever could’ve imagined all those years back in the warehouse of a hardware store in Grand Rapids, MI. So, best to Kevin in this public forum, thanks for everything. Be seeing you soon, bud.
 
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10:05 AM on 04/18/14
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dannylololol
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That's how you make a statement
10:09 AM on 04/18/14
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That was a great statement. Best of luck to Kevin.
10:13 AM on 04/18/14
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Great statement
10:16 AM on 04/18/14
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Great statement. Glad I got to be there for his final show. It was really special
10:27 AM on 04/18/14
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This band really is something special. Glad to know they're all still great friends.
10:36 AM on 04/18/14
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luthier school sounds awesome.
10:56 AM on 04/18/14
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Classy statement. That's how you should do it.
11:11 AM on 04/18/14
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Always like to see a friendly split.
11:12 AM on 04/18/14
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Was he their lead guitarist?
11:17 AM on 04/18/14
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Wait he builds guitars? Did he build his?
11:20 AM on 04/18/14
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Even their statements are poetry

Great statement.
11:30 AM on 04/18/14
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Wait he builds guitars? Did he build his?
He's enrolling in luthiery school, so probably not.
11:54 AM on 04/18/14
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I wonder if night fell on him while writing this
11:56 AM on 04/18/14
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I have so much respect for these guys, even if I don't spin their records lately.

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