While in Seattle for a concert last December, The Dismemberment Plan stopped by local radio station KEXP's studio to perform a 40-minute-long set. Today, KEXP uploaded all of the footage from that show onto their YouTube channel. Watch it above.
The D-Plan's ten song set mostly consisted of tracks from their most recent release (2013's Uncanny Valley), and their best-loved release (1999's Emergency & I), though they also played one song each from Change and The Dismemberment Plan is Terrified. It gave a good feel for the band's legacy, showcasing their stylistic changes from an art-punk band to a more conventional indie rock band, though always maintaining a jerky, distinct sound. In addition to a very unique sound, one of the band's strengths is the versatility of its members, with everyone but drummer Joe Easley switching instruments multiple times throughout the set.
Frontman Travis Morrison maintained a good rapport with the small audience, starting off on the right foot by complimenting their hometown: "It's beautiful, you can see the mountains. It's like, 'So that's why they live here. Check that shit out!'" He later wondered aloud how people in the audience got admitted to such a "V.I.P." event directly before launching into "You Are Invited," song that's about getting a V.I.P. ticket to a party. As that song's now 15 years old, it may be a tried-and-true bit of stage banter, but it certainly got me to chuckle.
The Dismemberment Plan Live on KEXP 12.9.2013 setlist:
0:00 - "Invisible"
3:48 - "Time Bomb"
8:19 - "Spider in the Snow"
12:44 - "Waiting"
15:56 - "Gyroscope"
18:43 - "You Are Invited"
24:04 - "Daddy Was a Real Good Dancer"
27:51 - "The City"
33:08 - "Do The Standing Still"
35:05 - "What Do You Want Me To Say"
Source: KEXP Official YouTube Channel