Monday, September 15, 2008

Re-animated limbs

So, I've always been a big fan of The Dismemberment Plan. If you have no idea what I'm talking about, please feel free to grab the nearest pair of safety scissors and perform seppuku. Please... just take the honourable way out.

Now that we're down to the people with any musical taste (oh I am such a biiiitch), you likely also know that the D broke up back in 2003. It was never any animosity that drove them apart... they had simply been playing together in a smally succesful indie band for 10 years, and decided to move on. They even played a few reunion shows together over the last while. A couple of the members went on to form a band called Statehood, however where my interested followed was in Travis Morrison's new project, Hellfighters.

Morrison was the frontmant of the Plan, and gave the band their unmistakable sound with his strange and brilliant voice. Listening to Hellfighters, it almost feels like you're still listening to the Dismemberment Plan, however the musical backing feels different. This is largely due to the fact that Joe and Eric transplanted the often sporatic rhythm and musical style into Statehood.

However, what Hellfighters loose in the Dismemberment... well, weirdness for lack of a better word, they seem to gain in calming appeal. Morrison's new writing comes off much more accesable, but still infectiously catchy and generally fun to listen to.

-This tastes like heaven...with crunchy little marshmellow angels and everything!!