Thursday, January 27, 2011
A Person's History of a Dismemberment Plan Reunion Show
So, as hip as I sometimes claim to be, I was not entirely familiar with much of the Dismemberment Plan's music before I bought tickets to their reunion show at the 9:30 Club. The D-Plan were a notable DC indie band who broke up in 2003. The announcement of a reunion tour incited a lot of hype - their first two scheduled DC shows (one at the Black Cat and one at the 9:30 Club) sold out insanely quickly. When I found out a third date was added, I snatched up tickets right away. I only knew a few songs from the band, but figured that it's best to seize on hyped up DC band reunions.
I got very stoked for the show last Sunday. DCist had been blogging about the impending concerts all week. I'd been listening to their album Change on my iPod (where it had been sadly sitting, largely un-listened to, since college) to prepare and had gotten Emergency & I.
I think I had weird expectations for this show. Since these DC reunion shows had been so hyped up on DCist and such places, I thought that this was going to be a Big Deal. On par with inauguration. Or the Prince William/Kate Middleton wedding. I thought every famous DC musician ever would be in attendance. Like Ted Leo. Or Henry Rollins. Or all of Fugazi.
Sadly, none of the aforementioned people were in attendance, as far as I could tell. That didn't take away from this being one of the more memorable live music experiences I've had in recent memory.
The crowd was awesome and sang along to every song in an enthusiastic, appreciative way. Everyone was genuinely stoked to be there. Especially the band.
Lead singer Travis Morrison danced and flailed around. Guitarist Jason Caddell took a flying leap at one point. It was so refreshing to see everyone so thoroughly enjoying themselves.
A fact I didn't know about Dismemberment Plan shows is that the crowd is supposed to rush the stage during "The Ice of Boston".
A gajillionty people joined the band on stage to rock out and dance around. It was something to see.
Even though going to concerts is one of my favorite hobbies, it's been awhile since one has filled me with the same sort of giddiness and excitement I felt when I first started going to shows back in high school.
Thanks, Dismemberment Plan. It truly was an awesome night. You should reunite more often.