Playing a few east coast shows in support of the vinyl reissue of 2001’s Change, local favorite Dismemberment Plan stopped by the 9:30 Club with Priests on Black Friday. The setlist was full of old friends and Change tracks, but the stunner of the night was the set-ending “OK Jokes Over” from D-Plan’s 1995 record !. Playing at the speed of sound, this song, full of punk groove, is proof positive that drummer Joe Easley remains one of the best drummers playing today.
“We say we’re from Washington, D.C., but we are really from Springfield, Va.,” said frontman Travis Morrison during the show. “Fuck it, we’re never going back, so we’re from D.C.”
A bit of D-Plan trivia: I asked bassist Eric Axelson how the band started its tradition of inviting the audience onstage during “Ice of Boston.” “At a show in Cleveland, Travis asked if three people would come onstage and do the Pips dance he and I did during the song,” Axelson said. “We even had to offer T-shirts to convince folks to do it. Kept doing it over and over [through] the years, and more and more got on stage.”
Local hot-band Priests opened with their first time on the 9:30 Club stage. Much like D-Plan, they played an incredibly tight set with a fresh, stripped-down punk sound. Lead singer Katie Alice Greer‘s dissonant moaning and yelling were a distraction from the band’s lyrics, but there’s a power there that’s innovative and energizing.
Photos from both sets can be seen in the gallery.