The Dismemberment Plan were the standard bearers of indie rock during the period between the implosion of Pavement in 1999 and the emergence of the Strokes and the White Stripes in 2001. As rock seemed to be on its last legs, the D.C.-based band stumbled upon a sound that funneled their post-hardcore roots into a late-Pavement-like languor with chord progressions that sounded like Sting at his solo best. In other words, they made music ideal for Gen Xers making the bumpy transition from a restless youth to some sort of maturity, a common egoic crisis well represented in album titles like Emergency & I and Change. Having soundtracked this moment, the band dissolved, and its members got jobs, had kids, and learned to live normal lives. Thankfully, the impulse to create never fully fades, and after a few recent tours and performances, the band decided to go all-in, cooking up Uncanney Valley, which is in stores now.
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This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on October 16, 2013