The Dismemberment Plan

Emergency & I

by Sarah Zupko

29 October 1999


D.C. natives The Dismemberment Plan are off the major label conveyor belt and back to the comfy confines of DeSoto alongside like-minded artists like Burning Airlines and Juno. I wonder if Interscope Records is smart enough to be kicking themselves for letting these guys go, ‘cause the Dismemberment Plan have made a masterpiece that the kids will be talking about and garage bands imitating for years to come. Now get ready—I’m gonna gush because I’m embarrassed I didn’t put this on my top 10 list and because they deserve it. Blending emo, post-rock, new wave, and stop-start pop, the Dismemberment Plan offer up a staggering variety of tunes—no two sounding the same or even really sharing the same lyric mood. Instrumentally, these guys play like their instruments are on fire making you believe in them.

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