The Dismemberment Plan
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Alternating between angst and cool melody, the Dismemberment Plan was one of the shining examples of the strength of the emo (emotional hardcore) genre. Hailing from Washington, DC, USA, the band was formed on New Years Day 1993 by Joe Easley (drums), Travis Morrison (1972, USA; vocals/guitar), Jason Caddell (guitar), and Eric Axelson (bass) - the latter three of which also split keyboard duties. The bands first release was the four-track single, Can We Be Mature?, during spring 1994. The quartet signed to the indie label DeSoto soon after, resulting in the release of their debut, !, in 1995. The album was more punk-based than any of their subsequent efforts, but still did a fine job of introducing the band to the then-burgeoning emo scene.
Their follow-up, Dismemberment Plan Is Terrified, came in 1997 before the quartet discovered bands such as Talking Heads, and let funky, quirky sounds filter into their style. This...