November 26, 2007

There’s just no easy way to do this, so let’s just get this over with.

Statehood, the new DC band featuring former Dismemberment Plan and Maritime members Eric Axelson and Joe Easley, will be opening for Axelson’s former band at The Mercury Lounge in New York. (Awkward!) This continues a trend of ex-band related performances, as Statehood has also been seen opening for the other ex-Dismemberment Plan band, the Travis Morrison Hellfighters. We’ll have to assume all of these relationships ended amicably and cite mutual creative differences as the reason for the former split ups. (No, it’s not you, it’s me…)

Meanwhile, Statehood has recently released their debut record, Lies and Rhetoric, which includes a fair amount of good old fashioned DC-style post-hardcore. (The rumbling complexities of driving basslines, the angular treble of single note guitar parts and octaves, dub-influence plus dissonance, and the politics of leftist angry emotive white men.) This said, however, the record more than anything recalls El Paso’s late great At The Drive-In and their opus, Relationship of Command.

But wait, it’s true: Statehood may be the best young band to emerge from DC since the break up of Q And Not U. (And by young, I mean, men in their thirties who are lawyers and teachers by day.) While the “elder statesman” of the DC scene (read: The Evens, Channels, Joe Lally) have recently put forth great records, it’s the energy and urgency driving Statehood’s music that sets it apart. So NB: You can put the DC back in post-harDCore.

Listen: Statehood:End The Moderation” (four songs stream on MySpace)

The Dismemberment Plan: “Superpowers
The Promise Ring: “A Picture Postcard” and “E. Texas Ave
Maritime: “Parade of Punk Rock T-Shirts” and “Calm
Travis Morrisson Hellfighters: “As We Proceed

Lies and Rhetoric is available now.


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