Local Band Makes Their Way Back Home
Published: Tuesday, October 22, 2013
Updated: Tuesday, October 22, 2013 10:10
There’s nothing quite as great as coming home, and it was clear from the way The Dismemberment Plan, a band composed of D.C. natives, played at the 9:30 Club on Saturday October 19 that they felt the same way. Touring to promote their most recent release Uncanney Valley (which is on sale now) they were given two full nights at the club, Saturday being their first. The show sold out mere hours before they were slated to take the stage and the club was packed, even for the opener.
Deleted Scenes got the coveted position of opening for them. Their lead singer Dan Scheuerman did not hold back on his excitement about it either, at one point stating, “If you were me right now, this would be the peak of your life.”
However, judging from the music they played and the crowd’s reaction to it, Deleted Scenes probably has a lot more to look forward to than opening for a band in the 9:30 Club. Their music is a mishmash of all sorts of genres. It’s loud and filled with great vocal melodies and sincere and heartfelt lyrics. Scheurman has a stage persona filled with odd twitches and passionate, if not a tad awkward, dance moves.
The band got the crowd incredibly amped up for the other, more well-known locals who came out later. When the Dismemberment Plan took to the stage, they were met with screams from the extremely enthusiastic and varied crowd who welcomed them home. There were kids with their parents and grandparents, teenagers, mid-twenty something hipsters. Pretty much members of every age group were in attendance to see this reunited staple of the D.C. music scene.
They dove straight into their set, playing a variety of songs from their repertoire. While the songs that got the best audience response were from their older releases, they did sprinkle in a good amount from their newest album. A special crowd pleaser was “White Collar, White Trash” in which lead singer Travis Morrison names a variety of Virginia suburbs in which he has ‘done it.’
The set was filled with Morrison’s energetic dancing and extreme showmanship.
Some of the highlights included his interactions with the audience, especially a running joke with a guy in the pit who was continually asking for fist bumps and offering Travis his clothing.
The crowd ate up the entire thing. There was dancing, moshing, making out between couples and for their second-to-last song, a storming of the stage. It was the sort of camaraderie and friendship between band and crowd that can only really be experienced in one’s hometown and in a venue like the 9:30 Club that is so inherently D.C.