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Travis Morrison’s post–Dismemberment Plan career has generated its fair share of press, but the two members of the now-defunct band’s rhythm section have also found a noteworthy musical outlet. Bassist Eric Axelson and drummer Joe Easley now hold down the back end of Statehood, a straight-up postpunk act founded by former Motorcycle Wars howler Clark Sabine. (Guitarist Leigh Thompson, formerly of the Vehicle Birth, fills out the lineup, and D-Plan guitarist Jason Caddell has been helping the quartet record an upcoming album.) Statehood’s sound features some familiar elements: The Dismemberment Plan’s dub-and-disco rhythms are present but more tightly wound; Sabine’s vocals—more refined than in his Motorcycle Wars days—recall the muscular melodicism of J. Robbins. Don’t do the standstill when Statehood performs with Soccer Team and the Bow Shock at 9 p.m. at the Black Cat, 1811 14th St. NW. $9. (202) 667-7960. (Joe Warminsky)