The Dismemberment Plan – The Dismemberment Plan Is Terrified
Released March 17th, 1997 on DeSoto Records
The Dismemberment Plan are the perfect band to dance like no one’s watching to. Hell, that’s pretty much how they played music. With a couple of exceptions, the songs on The Dismemberment Plan Is Terrified are either played with abandon – nearly random guitar squiggles, songs that explode out in every direction at once, and then suddenly veer off in another direction – or played as moody proto-indie songs that come out as confessions. Occasionally, as on “The Ice Of Boston” (still the best New Year’s song out there), they’re both. In an interview with Stylus singer Travis Morrison described it as “the most dedicated to hip-hop record we have.” I feel like this is sort of what Christgau was saying when he said that The Dismemberment Plan Is Terrified sounded “sort of the way Primus might if Primus enjoyed a normal sex life.” It’s an album that writhes spastically in odd directions but is still completely relatable, as though you just discovered that your accountant was in a noise rock band. While it was eclipsed by it’s followup, the sublime Emergency & I, it’s a recommended listen for anyone into noise rock, or post-hardcore, or inventive post-punk in general.