By Chris Richards
Breaking news from the greater Washington indie-rockosphere!
Local post-punk heroes the Dismemberment Plan will reunite in January to support the vinyl reissue of its beloved 1999 album "Emergency & I."
The D.C. quartet has plotted a short, five-gig trek up the eastern seaboard, including two Washington stops -- one at the Black Cat on Jan. 21 and another at the 9:30 Club on Jan 22.
But is the band back together back together?
"We're not planning a new record," bassist Eric Axelson tells Click Track. "But we're doing these shows and taking it day to day after that."
Axelson says the reissue has been in the works for over a year, but January's reunion shows weren't initially a part of the discussion -- until the band members all found themselves at drummer Joe Easley's house in Northwest D.C. "We thought, 'Let's go into the basement and play a little bit,'" Axelson says. "That felt kind of good."
Since then, the group has been hustling to re-learn the songs it toured so doggedly behind during its ten year run from 1993 to 2003. "For a long time you play those songs six, seven nights a week and you know them like your own breath," Axelson says. "So it's funny to have to dig them up."
Seattle indie label Barsuk Records will release "Emergency & I" on Jan. 11. The double LP's gatefold sleeve will include an oral history of the album, conducted by Josh Modell of The Onion.
Check Click Track later this week for ticket sales updates and view the band's entire tour itinerary, after the jump.
The Dismemberment Plan reunion tour dates:
Jan. 21: Washington, D.C at Black Cat
Jan. 22: Washington, D.C. at 9:30 Club
Jan. 27: Philadelphia, PA at the Starlight Ballroom
Jan. 28: Boston, MA at Paradise
Jan. 29: New York, NY at Webster Hall