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The Dismemberment Plan’s third album saw indie rock’s slack nonchalance give way to panic-attack anxiety. The band’s post-hardcore guitar clang gets tangled up in buzzing synths, disco-punk twitches and Travis Morrison’s rapid-fire absurdist rants. Even openly anthemic statements like “What Do You Want Me to Say?” are shocked with needling noise. But, far removed from its point of origin, Emergency & I remains a timeless manifestation of the urban young-adult experience, an album that makes you feel both vulnerable and invincible.


Formed: 01 January 1993 in Washington D.C.

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Washington, D.C.-based emo quartet the Dismemberment Plan -- frontman Travis Morrison, guitarist Jason Caddell, bassist Eric Axelson, and drummer Joe Easley -- debuted in 1994 with the single "Can We Be Mature?," signing to DeSoto to release the full-length ! in the fall of 1995. The Dismemberment Plan Is Terrified followed a year and a half later, and after releasing 1998's The Ice of Boston EP on major-label Interscope, the group returned to DeSoto for 1999's Emergency & I. In early 2001, the Dismemberment...
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