Day #187: The Dismemberment Plan – “Girl O’Clock”
DC’s own Dismemberment Plan is back on the radar. Ali and I missed the very narrow window to snag tickets to two upcoming shows they’ve booked for this summer at small venues in Fredricksburg and Baltimore (guys, no DC?!!). I only know about the band because of Ali who’s been a devotee since high school (yeah, they’ve been around since the mid-90s) and even tried to coordinate a meeting in person with her and the band as a way of saying many thanks for being my bridesmaid at the wedding last year. Given the new activity, I probably would have been successful had I made the attempt this year instead of last, though bassist Eric Axelson did write a nice reply to apologize for noticing the email so late (thank you, dude!).
Ali was pretty bummed when the band broke up back in 2003. There may have been tears. I can’t remember. Most of the guys stuck around DC after that, some picking up with other bands or doing some production work, and some finding other things to do. Lead singer, Travis Morrison, on the other hand, moved out to Seattle, did some collaborating with Death Cab’s Ben Gibbard and Chris Walla, and then put out a solo album (as Travis Morrison and the Hellfighters). Feeling like he took that about as far as he could, I guess, he announced a sort of retirement from shows, recording… the whole nine, and settled in Brooklyn. Naturally, when you’ve been in the music scene that long, “retirement” just doesn’t take. The Dismemberment Plan reunited for some shows last year, and given the successes of recent bookings, it looks like there’s more to come.
Of course, the revival is something to get used to for Travis’s fiancee, Katherine Goldstein, who met him not when he was a big rock star, but a mere mild-mannered computer programmer who worked at the same place she did. Her tell-all was published today in Slate.