by Mike Ramos
on Sat, Dec 7, 2013 at 11:14 AM
(Neptune) Washington, DC, band Dismemberment Plan pulled off what might've been one of the most successful band reunions ever in 2011, after being on hiatus for almost a decade. The fact that this means "The Ice of Boston"—one of the best nerd-punk scream-along narrative anthems ever written by humans—can be performed in front of (or alongside, once the crowd rushes onstage) live audiences across the country again makes it almost entirely worth it on its own. Luckily for Plan fans, their recently released Uncanney Valley (their first album since 2001's Change) shows that Travis Morrison and co. have aged well—you can't exactly call it "gracefully" when they're still writing songs with a "You say 'cluster'/I say 'fuck!'" call-and-response—and their new material manages to capture some of the intangibles that made the band's late-'90s output so memorable.