A sonic melee through some of the finest lyrics since the new Fugazi and Mary J.Blige albums...
Washington DC’s Dismemberment Plan are pulling themselves into focus, after several years in the alt-rock wilderness. Time was these collegiate freaks would jerk and fit through umpteen tempo changes just for laughs, but with their essential fourth album, ‘Change’, DisPlan’s jumble all makes sense.
Tonight, they flit from fraught emo-core (‘Following Through’), through electro-anthemicism (‘You Are Invited’) to songs like ‘Timebomb’ which is like Radiohead for kids with hearts and brains).
Frontman Travis just can’t stop dancing, or screaming “Yeah!” off-mic as he rides another frantic groove. Whether dropping verses from ‘Bootlylicious’ into a blitzing ‘Rusty’ or howling through the weepy ‘The City’, he grounds this resolutely out-there group, welding powerful emotional resonances to the impressive sonic melee through some of the finest lyrics since the new Fugazi and Mary J.Blige albums.
Somewhere between those two reference points, remarkably, Dismemberment Plan reside. And that’s quite a good place to be.