Emergency & I
The Dismemberment Plan - Emergency & I
The new recording from Washington D.C.'s own The Dismemberment
Plan, Emergency & I, exemplifies every meaning of growth
The Plan's previous release,Is Terrified,
landed in stores during the calendar year of 1996. The Plan's
starving fan base was left yearning for more. In fact, there have
been multiple riots in cities around the world because people
just couldn't wait for the next volume of music from the smartest
DC band in existence.
Ok, well maybe there weren't riots, but damnit
we all wanted to have the new record. After record labels pushed
and pulled the recording around, the Plan finally gained rights
to their recording and released it on Desoto Records.
The Dismemberment Plan mixes a wonderful cornucopia
of influences from XTC to Hip - Hop to 60's soul and 70's funk
to Fugazi and Jawbox to 80's new wave. Emergency
& I is the perfect product of chopping, mixing, filleting
the above influences - setting the oven to 350 and baking for
So many pleasurable aspects of The Dismemberment
Plan run rampant throughout the record, I would be typing for
weeks to list them all. So of course, let's list just two of
the more important aspects - shall we.
1 - The fellas' instrumentation.
Eric Axelson is the epoxy holding the whole structure together.
He plays as many notes as possible and as few as necessary to
trick and guide the listener's ear on a wonderful exploration.
Eric creatively blends Motown and Hip-Hop and 80's new wave into
tight, rich, thoughtful lines.
Joe Easley easily (sorry) fills any room
with patterns within patterns within patterns. He adds a fabulous
accuracy and individuality to each song.
Jason Caddell's guitar parts are like
the cumulonimbus clouds topping off a perfect summer afternoon
view. Each chord - well voiced and well placed - sits perfectly
on top of the scenery created by Eric and Joe. Melodically speaking,
Jason, chooses the elusive mix of catchy, yet interesting phrasing.
Travis Morrison's voice delivers his verbose,
intelligent, confident vocals in a manner that any aspiring singer
is envious of. What's even more impressive is the fact that this
gentleman plays guitar and keyboards and trombone all the while.
2- The Sections of the Song that make your
stomach churn with glee thanking your brain for listening to this
A Life of Possibilities - The entire guitar part to this
song is absolutely brilliant.
Memory Machine - Coming out of the intro,
The Plan plays a beautifully orchestrated combination of trading
phrases and syncopation that just makes my rib cage bounce up
and down with in the frame work of my skin.
What Do you Want Me to Say - Well I can't
think of anyone section that makes my stomach churn with glee
thanking my brain for listening to this song again. Mostly this
song is 4 min 17 sec of pure heaven.
Eric's bass line -sparse and driving - compliments
Jason's quarter note strokes. While Joe's beat - steady and forwarding
creates the skeleton on which Travis drapes his introspectivness.
The chorus is as catchy as any chorus recorded
this century. Coming out of the chorus, The Plan, crashes on the
two and four of the bar while Jason reverts to his quarter note
strokes. If this part doesn't make the crowd dance, well they
just won't be dancing that night.
I Love A Magician -Good Lord, Eric and
Joe's parts for this are so unbelievable. Once Eric slides into
his bassline, the song just takes off, thirty miles into the air.
Gyroscope - Shaving 8th notes
is cool!! The Dismemberment Plan has written yet another catchy
ingenious chorus for all of us to enjoy. The Keyboard melody brings
me back to the late 80's while the rest of the band displays their
ability to listen and move with each other.
The City - Joe's disco high hats set the
mood for this one. Jason is strumming 8th note chords while Eric's
Fender has been replaced by a keyboard. The stand out section
of this song comes when Travis sings "since you've been gone!"
The song comes together for a classic 70's late 80's Euro groove.
Girl O' Clock - This cacophony of Girl
O' Clock quick jolts me from the smooth gliding previous track.
Joe shines so brightly during this song. His Kick drum throws
sound waves out into the room with a blistering force. Eric's
cool octave walking line culminates in a breathy bridge section.
Well those are the two pleasurable aspects I
wanted to share with you.
Thank You - Dismemberment Plan
the Dismemberment Plan on-line!
Written By: Geoff T.