The Dismemberment Plan Get 'Old and Funky'
The Washington, D.C. band played a high-energy show at Eyeclopes for Fredericksburg All Ages' sixth anniversary.
The Dismemberment Plan returned to Fredericksburg Saturday night for the first time since 1998 for a wild show that included a crowd-surfing mannequin, some new funky music and a rare "Spotsylvania Whooper."
"Oh my God, this is so fun," said singer and guitarist Travis Morrison during the show at Eyeclopes on Charlotte Street in downtown. Fredericksburg All Ages (FAA) hosted the event for its sixth anniversary. The nonprofit FAA's mission is to empower youth to be leaders and provide them with affordable and safe musical experiences.
FAA founder Adam Bray said the band wanted an "intimate and sweaty" show and that's exactly what they got. The band played for about 200 people in a n interesting and intimate setting inside local artist Ken Crampton's drum-centric business decorated with female mannequin heads, flags, flying frogs and fish.
The Washington, D.C.-based quartet played Fredericksburg several times from 1994 to 1998 when the band first formed. What pushed them into stardom was opening for Pearl Jam (2000) and sharing the top bill with Death Cab for Cutie (2002). The Dismemberment Plan released its most-popular album, Emergency & I, in 1999.
The band plays some funk and rock, with hints of punk, indie rock, hip-hop and even some post-hardcore rage. They picked a mix of old and new songs. Morrison said one of the new songs, "White Collar, White Trash," is about growing up in Northern Virginia.
During the show, someone in the crowd yelled that The Dismemberment Plan got "old and funky."
"Well, someday you guys can look forward to being old and funky, too," Morrison said to the crowd of mostly teenagers.
During another new song a person in the crowd made whooping calls, and Morrison dubbed him "The Spotsylvania Whooper."
Highlights were the songs "Back and Forth, "Ellen and Ben," and an explosive "OK, Joke's Over" that shook the floors. The band was obviously enjoying the night and Morrison took to the mic several times for his witty humor breaks. The crowd loved the banter, often yelling jokes back at him.
The band performed for more than an hour and came back for a three-song encore.
Fredericksburg All Ages veterans, The Bassic Needs, played its last show as a band and opened for The Dismemberment Plan. The Cat Be Damned also played at the show.
"It's probably the favorite show I've ever played," said The Bassic Needs lead singer Will Hamilton during his show.
Travis Morrison-vocals and guitar