For those of you who love The Dismemberment Plan. For those of you who loved Travis Morrison's debut solo record, Travistan, and for those who thought it was a trainwreck. For those of you who are freaks, who love freaks, or who are simply freaked out. For those of you who love to party and yet still have a well-functioning brain Travis Morrison Hellfighters are here with their new album, All Y'all.
"Morrison and his Hellfighters bring a tightness and cohesion to All Y'All that the singer avoided on his solo debut, Travistan. Spastic delights like As We Proceed, Hawkins' Rock, and You Make Me Feel Like A Freak might reassure pickier Dismemberment Plan fans. Even better, All Y'All should help them embrace Morrison for what really defines him his defiance." (The Onion)
From the lead singer and lyricist of the D.C. art-rock quartet The Dismemberment Plan comes this incredible, political, dark and booty-shaking solo record. It's a singular piece of work, matching Plan-ish elements like videogame noises and synth beds with intricate funk and hip-hop-inspired cut-and-paste structures, all rubbing against an open and warm acoustic soundscape that swings from Steely Dan-ish smoothness to full orchestral string arrangements to piano-driven post-punk rave-ups. Travis' lyrics have reached a whole new level, setting the last three years of American political upheaval in his sights, but instead of overt lyrical finger-pointing, he digs deeper to contemplate the personal and metaphorical melancholy and uncertainty that pulse under so much of the country's current anger and distrust. The record was recorded in Seattle and D.C. by Chris Walla (Death Cab for Cutie, Decemberists, Velvet Teen) and Don Zientara (Fugazi, Bad Brains), and will be sure to please expectant Plan fans and new listeners alike.
Tunes once lost are now found. At the end of Travis Morrison’s tenure with The Hellfighters, the quintet laid down three of their best tracks and promptly broke up before releasing them. Bad Friend got a hold of them and is finally giving them a proper home, digitally and on a limited vinyl pressing. Featuring Morrison’s signature lyrical wit, Cruisin’ follows queer cops through tumultuous exploits as they search for social refuge. Nuanced humor balances more socially-conscious themes than Morrison typically explored with his previous band, The Dismemberment Plan. The mellow groove fluidly combines guitar solos, synths, and auxiliary percussion with a laid-back confidence that avoids melodrama despite the weightier narrative.
The Dismemberment Plan's underground classic Emergency & I is out now on vinyl for the first time. In the eleven years since its original CD release, Emergency & I has been widely regarded as the definitive artistic statement from the beloved Washington D.C. quartet and has found its way onto many best-of lists, including the #16 spot of Pitchfork's Top 100 Albums of the 90's.
Originally released on DeSoto Records, this vinyl re-issue is presented in gatefold 180-gram audiophile-grade vinyl with a giant full-color photo collage and in-depth liner notes, plus four rare bonus tracks, also never before available on high quality vinyl.