Chadwick Stokes and Brad Corrigan, members of the Boston-based rock band Dispatch, tell me their new song "Pour Into You" was inspired by a family close to the band, whose son has been battling a severe medical condition for the last five years.
"They have been to hell and back while leaping buildings in single bounds for the love of their boy," they say.
There's a clear sense of optimism that shines through in the track, which is available on their forthcoming album, Break Our Fall, due out on May 28. "Pour Into You" uses verses that build on themselves and ultimately culminate into an anthemic chorus full of resilience and hope.
Dispatch has been recording music together for over 20 years—ever since forming at Middlebury College in Vermont in 1996—and using it as a vehicle for driving social and political change ever since. Break Our Fall is their eighth full-length album, and like their previous work, it's full of consciousness and compassion, and it captures a raw energy that speaks to the band's evolution as they try to make sense of the world around them. Stokes and Corrigan tell me that after playing together for two decades, they've found that the best way to do it is by recording a song like "Pour Into You" together, without practicing first.
"It's always a thrill to record something new without rehearsing it," they tell me. "Some special energy and unplanned magic can sometimes land that way."
Stokes and Corrigan are anxious to get the new Dispatch album out. As of now, half of the songs are released, and there are more to come leading up to May 28. Like most musicians, the band is also aching to get back on stage but is willing to wait until things are safe for the best live experience possible.