I'll take "No One Is Left to Reunite Who is Still Alive" for $200 Alex....
The Washington Post reported today that DC-wunderkins The Dismemberment Plan are planning a brief reunion for five shows in January "to support the vinyl reissue of its beloved 1999 album, Emergency & I," says the Post. After that, they'll play it by ear.
"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 and 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.
The Post will be providing ticket sale info later this week.
Updated 3:06 pm: Per bassist Eric Axelson, tickets for all shows go onsale this Friday (9/17) at noon. The Webster Hall show has an AmEx presale on Wednesday, 9/15. Links to each of the venues for purchase can be found here.
The Dismemberment Plan 2011 Reunion Tour
Jan. 21: Black Cat, Washington, D.C
Jan. 22: 9:30 Club, Washington, D.C.
Jan. 27: Starlight Ballroom, Philadelphia, PA
Jan. 28: Paradise, Boston, MA
Jan. 29: Webster Hall, New York, NY