Thereís no shortage of white guys with unkempt hair singing about what itís like to be a white guy with unkempt hair whose ability outstrips his ambition. And given the current employment crisis, itís safe to assume that the grumbling will get only louder in the months ahead.
But though heís white and often wears his hair like a brown wave, when Dismemberment Plan singer Travis Morrison admits to being underwhelmed on Change, the DC bandís new album, he does it in a voice unlike any of his peersí. "Iíve seen the worldís most beautiful women undress in ordinary solitude/Iíve fallen asleep in the shrift of distant satin," he sings on "Superpowers," a song that, like most of those on Change, is full of the angular guitars DC post-punk is known for, though itís leavened with watery keyboard drones and Eric Axelsonís shapely, Motown-derived walking-bass lines. As 1999ís Emergency & I suggested, this group of reformed music geeks are getting good at setting that disaffected post-grad ennui against accomplished, sparkling guitar pop ó if Change doesnít give you goosebumps, youíre probably not listening close enough.