Show tunes aren't cool -- they don't rock. But like a handful of bands long gone before, Washington, D.C., quartet the Dismemberment Plan frantically bashes out a form of theatrical pop music that's perched between its punk roots and classic Broadway musicals. Singer/guitarist Travis Morrison's energetic and downright nerdy-sounding voice -- recalling a cheerful talk-radio host -- permeates every twisted, jagged sound the band emits. That's a good thing, and perhaps the most distinct and powerful aspect of the Dismemberment... More >>>
By George Chase
The Dismemberment Plan: Rather than try to hammer rock and cabaret into an operatic and excessively orchestrated morass, they simply create rock music that's carefully built around the lyricist's dramatic prose.