Washington, D.C. post-hardcore outfit The Dismemberment Plan have been fairly active of late, having released Uncanney Valley last year (which is better than you remember it — go ahead and give it another listen). This follows a series of reunion shows, and a 2011 vinyl reissue of their classic 1999 album Emergency & I. And now there’s another album on the reissue docket. On Nov. 4, Partisan Records will release a new vinyl reissue of the band’s excellent 2001 release, Change. It was, at the time, the band’s final album — a more measured and subtle take on the kind of new wave-inspired indie rock they had been performing for the better part of a decade. And if it weren’t for Emergency, it’d also be their best.
Frontman Travis Morrison reflects on the album in a press release: “Looking back, I can see where the gas ran out… In the timeline of the songwriting, it was a struggle to get it over the finish line. The last song we finished was ‘Ellen And Ben,’ and I think it’s last on the record for a reason. Listening to it now, it sounds very much like the romantic equivalent of what was happening emotionally in the band, where people were getting to that late-20s/early-30s part of your life when you realize college really isn’t coming back and you’re a grown up. It’s a dicey time for a lot of artists, especially rock musicians.”
The vinyl reissue will feature a 12-page booklet featuring lyrics, artwork and photography, and will be pressed on 180-gram vinyl.
The Dismemberment Plan Change vinyl reissue:
1 Sentimental Man
2 The Face of the Earth
4 Pay for the Piano
5 Come Home
6 Secret Curse
8 Following Through
9 Time Bomb
10 The Other Side
11 Ellen and Ben
Jeff Terich is the founder and editor of Treble. He's been writing about music for 20 years and has been published at American Songwriter, Bandcamp Daily, Reverb, Spin, Stereogum, uDiscoverMusic, VinylMePlease and some others that he's forgetting right now. He's still not tired of it.