THE DISMEMBERMENT PLAN FACTS:
Members: Eric Axelson, Jason Caddell, Joe Easley, Travis Morrison
Genre: Rock, Punk
Hometown: Washington D.C
Albums: ! (1995); The Dismemberment Plan Is Terrified (1997); Emergency & I (1999); Change (2001); A People's History of the Dismemberment Plan (2003);
Other: The band's name is taken from dialog in the film Groundhog Day.
Incorporating styles of music from numerous different genres, indie rockers The Dismemberment Plan are one of the most innovative bands since their founding in 1993. With a famously energetic stage show, the quartet from Washington, D.C., has been touring relentlessly over the last 15 years, playing shows in Japan, Europe and across the United States.
After an early shake up, the band's lineup has been the same since 1995, with Eric Axelson on bass, Jason Caddell playing guitar, drummer Joe Easley and lead singer Travis Morrison. The group's first two albums, '95's ! and 1997's The Dismemberment Plan is Terrified did not gain much traction, the group found breakthrough success with the release of Emergency & I in 1999.
The album received widespread critical praise and is considered by many to be among the best records of the decade. Additionally, it earned the group a significant amount of exposure after it's popularity resulted in them touring with such established acts as Pearl Jam and Death Cab for Cutie during the early part of the 2000s.
In 2001, The Dismemberment Plan released their follow-up, the well-received Change. Much like its predecessor, the record was included on many best of the decade lists. Despite its popularity, it was their last original studio album. But, in 2003, their very active fanbase remixed a number of their songs, and the band released another album A People's History of The Dismemberment Plan that put a creative twist on the band's discography.
Later in 2003, the band announced that they were breaking up. Their supposed last show was on September 1 of that year, and after all the members split off to work on solo projects. Morrison was perhaps the most successful of the four, releasing his solo album, Travistan, in 2004. Although each continued to record, it appeared as though fans of the band would be out of luck.
However, in 2007, The Dismemberment Plan reunited for a brief time to play a charity concert. The event was an immense success, but it was at least three years before they got back together again. In 2010 there were rumblings of a tour, but Morrison stressed that there would be no more recordings. Despite their lengthy hiatus, the band still has a rabid fanbase who continue to be hopeful that they will one day hear new music from The Plan.