After a multi-year hiatus, DC-based post-punk band The Dismemberment Plan reunited and returned to the limelight last fall, playing shows in support of Barsuk‘s Emergency & I (DeSoto, 1999) reissue. One recent stop brought the Gladys Knight-loving band to Metro in Chicago, and contributing photographer Lucy Hewett captured these images of the, dare we say, elder statesmen of indie rock.
The Dismemberment Plan: “Academy Award (Cex Remix)” (A People’s History of the Dismemberment Plan, DeSoto, 10/6/03)
Travis Morrison of The Dismemberment Plan is a huge Gladys Knight fan. Though his band’s dance-punk sound doesn’t overtly reflect Knight’s timeless recordings with The Pips, some influences are a bit more subtle. Below, Morrison shares five of his favorite Gladys Knight songs. And in case you were wondering, yes, The Dismemberment Plan is back together. The band is set to tour the US in support of Barsuk’s upcoming vinyl re-release (1/11/11) of the 1999 album Emergency & I.
1. “Neither One Of Us (Wants To Be The First To Say Goodbye)”
Such a great description of shared heartbreak, shared failure at love. I always loved songs that never placed blame when things went wrong. Kind of a companion song to “It’s Too Late” by Carole King. But in this song, the narrator is still in the mix, still not quite giving up. It usually makes me tear up — takes me back to a few situations in my life, I admit.