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You Should Already Know: The Dismemberment Plan

By The Dismemberment Plan; self-portrait by The Dismemberment Plan on October 8, 2013

 

You Should Already Know: The Dismemberment Plan

 

WHEN WE KNEW WE WERE GOING TO MAKE IT AS A BAND 

When junkies stole our trombone.


THE HIGH POINT OF OUR CAREER 

Signing to a major label.


THE LOW POINT OF OUR CAREER 

Signing to a major label.


THE FUNNIEST THING A JOURNALIST EVER WROTE ABOUT US 

“They’re like Primus with normal sex lives.”


WHEN THE JOURNALISTS GET IT RIGHT 

They get it right by comparing us to unexpected but interesting artists...(like our music switched on the deep fan in the critic.) A review once said our song “Spider in the Snow” had “the icy grandeur of early Genesis.” That was unexpected and very flattering, even though Genesis wasn’t core to our musical DNA. It’s cool that our music made that critic make an unusual connection.


THE BEST SONG WE  EVER WROTE

“The City” [from 1999’s Emergency & I] because it speaks to a moment in time for all of us.


OUR WORST SHOW EVER

Mutant Speed and Living Abortion at the Scrap Bar in Atlanta, Georgia, in 1995. I feel like we may have been paid in Budweiser or something like that. Our show that should have been the worst ever was when we started a two-week­ish tour the day after September 11, 2001. It should have been terrible, but the kids made it work.


OUR BEST SHOW EVER

The Fireside Bowl in Chicago that devolved (/evolved?) into a dance contest. Lots of excellent, sweaty, awesome things happened.


HOW WE'RE MOST LIKELY TO BE REMEMBERED

To be remembered at all in music is pretty rare, let’s be honest. That’s what’s cool about music: it’s so here­today­gone­tomorrow. A little scary, too.


HOW WE'D LIKE TO BE REMEMBERED

It would be great if the occasional passionate music kid decided to check out The Dismemberment Plan on Spotify because he’d heard that name, and then ended up listening to the whole catalog because it was so unusual and engaging and unlike anything else.


Eric Axelson Picks 3 4 Dismemberment Plan Records You Should Already Own


The Dismemberment Plan Is Terrified

(1997)

If you have ever wanted to trash a fast food restaurant in broad daylight.

 

 

 

 

 


Emergency & I

(1999) 

Our cult classic.

 

 

 

 

 


Change

(2001)

If you have ever wanted to lock yourself in a dark room and get stoned and weep while listening to The Mars Volta. 

 

 

 

 

 


Uncanney Valley

(2013)

Our new one is the warmest and most relaxed, and has the best songwriting.

 

This article is from FILTER Issue 53