If you liked indie rock a decade ago, you might be familiar with Washington, D.C.'s witty, whirlwind dance-punk pioneers The Dismemberment Plan. The smart and spastic quartet, one of my most beloved influences in my waning teenage years, disbanded in 2003 and hasn't done much since then except a pair of 2007 benefit shows. Now they're back in action, and I am, to put it mildly, quite psyched.
To coincide with Barsuk Records' deluxe vinyl reissue of their 1999 masterpiece "Emergency & I", the Plan will play five East Coast dates this January. They aren't planning new recordings yet, but bassist Eric Axelson told The Washington Post, "We're not planning a new record. But we're doing these shows and taking it day to day after that."
They aren't playing anywhere close to Columbus, but if I drove to Cleveland, Lexington, Pittsburgh and D.C. to see them before (seven times total!), I can certainly drive to see them again. And so should you. Brush up with this handy YouTube playlist, and I'll see you back East.
Jan. 21: Washington, D.C at Black Cat Jan. 22: Washington, D.C. at 9:30 Club Jan. 27: Philadelphia, PA at the Starlight Ballroom Jan. 28: Boston, MA at Paradise Jan. 29: New York, NY at Webster Hall
This could be you!