When D.C. postpunk greats the Dismemberment Plan first reunited nearly three years ago, one of their first stops was Late Night With Jimmy Fallon, which was a fun headfuck for anyone who’d seen them play Fort Reno Park or an American Legion Hall once upon a time. Now that the reunion is an established thing and they’ve got the new album Uncanney Valley out, they returned to Fallon last night to play a couple of new songs. On the show proper, they played “Daddy Was A Real Good Dancer,” giving me what I believe is my first-ever glimpse of Travis Morrison, a hall-of-fame onstage spazz, sitting down to play a keyboard. And as an online bonus, they also did the Uncanney Valley highlight “Invisible,” which, appropriately enough, is a song about being in New York and feeling overwhelmed. Even if they’d done the Fallon show before, I have to imagine that’s still how they felt the second time. Watch both performances below.
Uncanney Valley is out now on Partisan.