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Dismemberment Plan

Dismemberment Plan: !! (1995)
Desoto Records

Reviewer Rating: 3.5
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I'm currently in school, so you can imagine all the dumb girls and boys I see on a daily basis creaming themselves over (in my opinion) lackluster indie rock bands like the Shins and Death Cab for Cutie while listening on their iPods which somehow match their hip outfits. I usually wouldn't care abo.
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I'm currently in school, so you can imagine all the dumb girls and boys I see on a daily basis creaming themselves over (in my opinion) lackluster indie rock bands like the Shins and Death Cab for Cutie while listening on their iPods which somehow match their hip outfits. I usually wouldn't care about what's popular right now with the hip crowd because in all honesty, I have been out of the loop for what's cool for the last twenty years of my life. But what irks me is the fact that boundary-pushing bands like Dismemberment Plan get almost no respect and love from the kids digging indie rock today. Thanks to Adam Brody and the rest of the posers on "The OC."

This is the band's first full-length and as expected, sticks closest to the boundaries set by punk and hardcore emo. I don't think I'm too off-base to describe the band as "Nations of Ulysses gone totally schizo." The guitar playing and tone is certainly very similar to NOU. Just imagine more funk in the bass lines pulsing to create an underlying groove meshed with Steve Cummings slightly dance-influenced drumming to make up one of the most solid rhythm sections. They're pretty crucial in the varying time signatures, syncopated rhythms, and the many start-stops the band nails effortlessly. Along with the early emo contrasts in loud and soft dynamics, the band is pretty exciting musically.

What really makes the Dismemberment Plan the Dismemberment Plan is front-man Travis Morrison. His delivery reminds me of Dane Cook fronting a band, hypothetically. At first he's all chatty and just talking, setting up the punch line. Then out of nowhere, OMG he's screaming and talking really loud and everyone is in hysterics. I feel that Travis Morrison is the indie rock equivalent. His voice is comforting and polite and then in complete juxtaposition, he's shouting the vocals in your ear. He also has a great sense of humor and melody and his storytelling, especially on later albums, is a refreshing contrast to most of the bands on my playlist. He has a real knack for just finding simple ideas and looking at them in a completely different manner. Not to mention, "Ok Jokes Over" is the best breakup song I've ever heard.

If you're looking for a groundbreaking pop record, I'd recommend their best album, Emergency and I. This record has some hints of what is to come but overall, it's a bit too inconsistent. They don't even have any of that synth yet that's so prominent on the later records. I really dig this but their later stuff is even better.

 

 
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Kismet_ashes (October 30, 2005)

Oh when someone mentions the OC, I just cringe. One, the show sucks and yes they are all poseurs. Two, I happen to be LUCKY enough to live in the OC. Joy to the world eh?

I love the Dismemberment Plan. This album is wonderful and YES 'Ok Jokes Over' IS the best break up song ever. Not stupid like other songs under that category. The lyrics are actually GOOD.

In conclusion, this album rocked and the band is awesome as well.

kenjamin (October 26, 2005)

good point about Minus the Bear. They definitely deserve to be selling out bigger venues. I didn't think of them because it seems like they are pretty widely respected by the punknews community and online zines in general but i don't ever hear them on the radio or see them on tv, even though that new video is hot.

Anonymous (October 26, 2005)

Actually it wasn't just a little blip, it was one of those band profiles. But still, I totally agree with your frat boy comment. I really like the D-Plan, but I actually feel even more strongly about the overlooking of Minus the Bear. I think they're so much more talented and interesting than Death Cab and The Shins, yet, as you said, those bands get all the recognition.

kenjamin (October 26, 2005)

Like archangel, I do have a smile everytime I see a reviewer bash popular bands to gain cred. what's wrong with death cab and the shins? They make good music, so who care's that the 14 year old's love Gibbard and Mercer?

Who said anything about 14 year olds? And why assume that I was trying to gain cred on a message board that I've been posting on for almost three years? I go to college. This means that there are tons and tons of kids who listen to stuff like Death Cab and Shins who somehow think that they are better than the frat kids and know soooo much about music. All I'm trying to say is that Dismemberment plan are not that popular and in my opinion they should be praised more for trying new things and being a solid band with loads of talent. PS, just because your band was featured in a little blip in Spin magazine doesn't mean pickles.

Anonymous (October 25, 2005)

D-Plan was in Spin back when "Change" came out, so it's not like they're that unknown.

bemused (October 25, 2005)

Like archangel, I do have a smile everytime I see a reviewer bash popular bands to gain cred. what's wrong with death cab and the shins? They make good music, so who care's that the 14 year old's love Gibbard and Mercer?

I've just gotten into 'Change' after loving Emergency and I. The production from the couple of tracks I d/l off this are sub-par so it puts me off a bit.
I would have loved to see the Death and Dismbemberment Tour a few years back

-Chris-

bemused (October 25, 2005)

Like archangel, I do have a smile everytime I see a reviewer bash popular bands to gain cred. what's wrong with death cab and the shins? They make good music, so who care's that the 14 year old's love Gibbard and Mercer?

I've just gotten into 'Change' after loving Emergency and I. The production from the couple of tracks I d/l off this are sub-par so it puts me off a bit.
I would have loved to see the Death and Dismbemberment Tour a few years back

-Chris-

rkl (October 24, 2005)

death cab for cutie is remarkable only in their utter genericosity.

and sickboi, fuck plan b. there's a reason they went away in the first place(they break about as easily as element decks)

sickboi (October 24, 2005)

Never cared for this band...

Though, does anyone remember Plan B skateboards...

Well, they're back, motherfuckers!

superdude (October 24, 2005)

This review was pretty good, but here's how I would make it better:

1. Am I alone in thinking that a plan like that should be Plan B?

2. I would listen to this if it was on the O.C.

3. Or at least one of thier soundtracks

4. How else am I supposed to know it's going to be HOT?

Anonymous (October 24, 2005)

Fantastic review of the Plan's first record. You're right; the Plan was under-respected. Respect is Due, if I may say so.
However, just because Death Cab for Cutie and the Shins are the "it band" of current times doesn't make them not-as-awesome. Both bands are stunning and remarkable. They just aren't as groundbreaking and mindblowing as the Plan.
xo alina airheart
alina@mtfujirecords.com

Anonymous (October 24, 2005)

well that was an abortion of a review.

kenjamin (October 23, 2005)

you know, he's a real human being that has his own thoughts and opinions and a life outside of the character he plays on the OC. Why are there so many dense people here?

Anonymous (October 23, 2005)

charcter

kenjamin (October 23, 2005)

Adam Brody has been pretty public about his taste in indie rock.

Anonymous (October 23, 2005)

Dude, you should blaming the writers of the OC for putting shitty music on the show, not Addam Brody. He's an actor, so he has no control over what bands his charcter likes.

greg0rb (October 23, 2005)

I have never heard this album, it is the only D-plan I dont have... must get. Emergency is the best, but I love Is Terrified... it does have some hilarious moments, and I liked the Dane Cook comparison for Travis. I can remember listening to Is Terrified for the first time, and with every second passing thinking "what are they gonna do next?" Everything was just so perfect, so bizarre, so funny and so rocking. I miss this band!
-Greg

Anonymous (October 23, 2005)

Yeah, but your review sounded like they aren't given enough props for what they did, when I find that most kids who are into this sort of music love them and they had a fanbase larger than many similar bands.

-Will

Anonymous (October 23, 2005)

hahah, will thinks playing your farewell show to 1200 people is big time. and shows that a band got tons of cred and was overrated.

a better thing to look at would be their average draw at a show, before they announced they were breaking up.

will gives no respect to modern bands in which he meats thier fans before hearing of the band himself

Anonymous (October 23, 2005)

I think thatttt....
All there CDs are good!!!

But Emergency And I has to be the best, I mean the others are so good its hard for me to choose one, but come on. That is a great CD.

I like Is Terrified, !, and Change about the same, as each hits a different spot, but then E&I basically demonstrates the good peices from each of the other 3 albumns.

kenjamin (October 23, 2005)

they played to 1200 people but yea that's not too many considering that they could have been way more popular and in my opinion, they should have been bigger. Oh and Archangel, lick my balls. I am oozing with cred.

Anonymous (October 23, 2005)

Dismemberment Plan get no cred?

Are you fucking kidding? They played their final show to I think over 2000 fucking people...

A lot of people cream themselves over this band, I think they were kind of the Cursive of a few years ago.

-Will

Anonymous (October 23, 2005)

I think I should clarify what I just posted: Travis just felt the reduction of things to "war is bad" is a non-critical, simiplification of the issue at hand. Dude doesn't advocate war or anything. I don't necessarily agree with his stance, but he's not a Bush-ite zealot.

Anonymous (October 23, 2005)

Alot of people seem to think that Travis is a crazy conservative. This actually stems alot from his feud with Pitchfork. All he was saying was that he doesn't like the simplification of political issues to party lines and sloganeering. As a friend of the guy, I can tell you that he hates the whole Republican / Conservative rumors circulating. So yeah, this is a pre-emptive message before people start calling him a right-wing nut.

Archangel (October 23, 2005)

You know what would have made this review better?

Getting rid of the first paragraph. Why do reviewers on this stie feel the need to build up their scene cred before writing about the God damn album for every genre?

Emergency & I is the absolute shit. I listen to Gyroscope about 30 times a day.

Anonymous (October 23, 2005)

"is this the band that posted a pro-iraq war essay on their web site?"

It was just Travis, I think....

Anonymous (October 23, 2005)

I think Change is their best.

This record, eh, its ok, definitely their worst though.

Anonymous (October 23, 2005)

is this the band that posted a pro-iraq war essay on their web site?

boogieburgs (October 23, 2005)

i'll agree with the masses and say that emergency and i is the best cd, overall...but the other side from change is easily one of their best songs and gives all of emergency and i a run for it's money.

Anonymous (October 23, 2005)

Emergency and I is the perfect album.

"you are invited"

Anonymous (October 23, 2005)

"But what irks me is the fact that boundary-pushing bands like Dismemberment Plan get almost no respect and love from the kids digging indie rock today. Thanks to Adam Brody and the rest of the posers on "The OC."

I love you, score is for the reviewer. You've hit the nail on the head.

OverDefined (October 23, 2005)

Love this band.

Does everyone really agree that Emergency is their best? I think it's great, but my vote goes to Change.

Anonymous (October 23, 2005)

"!" is probably the most underrated album ever. Sure "Emergency & I" is their masterpiece, but this album does so much to make a wild tornado of pop music. there's none of the awkward genre shift in "Is Terrified," this album is unabashedly young and snotty and post-punk in every sense of the word, you can hear the talent busting through the seams, but it's such a young band it's confusing at first. And the band isn't without a sense of humor over their own place in such a hyperbolic genre: "Here comes a revolution / There goes a revolution / Dad says it's just noise pollution / I'm inclined to agree."

threechordsandthetruth (October 23, 2005)

Dude, be grateful the 'Plan aren't cool otherwise it'd suck to be a fan. Imagine all those douches you mentioned listening to them? The thought makes me sad :(

Emergency and I is one of my all-time favourite records.. GIRL 'O CLOCK! What a song..

Anonymous (October 23, 2005)

love the plan

theundergroundscene (October 23, 2005)

emergency and i is sicknasty

LevitateMe (October 23, 2005)

This band sucks

SomeoneAnonymous (October 23, 2005)

I love love love love love this band, but yeah this isn't their best, although its still pretty f'n good. Does anyone know where I could get some live videos of them?

Anonymous (October 23, 2005)

Eh, this is good, but the worst of the plan's catalog.

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