Photos By Matthew Brazier
When I walked towards the 9:30 Club on Saturday night, the scenery looked just as I imagined. There were lines out the door and a fervid sensation of excitement and anticipation in the air. This energy was unique, and the reason was self-evident-The Dismemberment Plan was set to perform in light of its newly released album, Uncanney Valley, which is the band’s first record in over a decade. By the time that Deleted Scenes started promptly at 9PM, the 9:30 Club was nearly full.
Deleted Scenes only gets better with every show-and the band’s set was a testament to that. The quartet mixed up a few older, more hook-oriented hits like “Bedbedbedbedbed” with a ton of new material that diverges completely from the band’s last album, Young People’s Church of the Air. Deleted Scenes had some pretty experimental offerings to share that were reminiscent of the works from its former Sockets Records associates. One of those new songs, “Stutter”, threw a lot of people in for a loop-particularly those who haven’t heard the song yet. It was pretty hilarious seeing some people in the crowd look at each other with blank stares and confused faces as they watched the song being played out. The band took a risk with the new material, but Deleted Scenes’ forthcoming album, Lithium Burn, may be its best work to-date.
After an excellent performance from Deleted Scenes, the venue was at full capacity, with the anxious audience ready to get the main event underway. Around 10PM The Dismemberment Plan its way onto the stage, kicking things off with “A Life of Possibilities” from the 1999 album, Emergency & I. While the band clearly stole the show, one couldn’t help but watch the sign language interpreter that was at the side of the stage. This person deserved some serious accolades, especially for translating all of Travis Morrison’s rapping-bits without even breaking a sweat. When the band played “Waiting”, it brought everything full-circle-with some of the other sign language interpreters from the music video also being present during the show.
Morrison kept a pretty good banter going throughout the set, with a few people up front throwing fist pumps and at one point-offering up clothes to show their fandom. At first Morrison was a little weirded out over a fan trying profusely to slip him his jacket (let’s be honest, who wouldn’t be just a little spooked?!) but he quickly had a change of tune later on that would turn into a pretty awesome moment to close out the show. He also added a few witty hip-hop references here and there, with a lovable Fat Man Scoop-esque shout out to all the Northern Virginians who had ‘real hair’, ‘got their prom dresses at Springfield Mall’ and the like before getting into the new song “White Collar, White Trash”. The mother of all encores was to follow shortly, as the whole front side of the main floor slowly crept their way up the stage to join the band. With so many people, it looked as if the stage was nearly about to crumble to the ground, and everyone went into freakout mode as they sung along to “The Ice of Boston” that was truly an epic moment. Afterwards, Morrison claimed the jacket that was offered to him originally along with a random fedora from the crowd to close out what was a solid show at the 9:30 Club.