Hear Dismemberment Plan's Ode to Parental Sacrifice 'Daddy Was a Real Good Dancer'

With their third single, D-Plan veer into alt-country territory

The cover art for the Dismemberment Plan's
The cover art for the Dismemberment Plan's "Daddy Was a Real Good Dancer"
Jordan Sargent WRITTEN BY
Jordan Sargent

Of all the songs on the Dismemberment Plan's upcoming album Uncanney Valley, "Daddy Was a Real Good Dancer" is the smoothest ride. The D.C. luminaries are known for their squiggly keyboard squirts, fidgety guitar chords, and yelping vocals, but their newest single rolls along on a steady midtempo. It is, however, an openly unsettling song, as the first few lines spell out: "Growing up I never knew why / Daddy was so depressed / He always paid his interest but / He never got out of debt." Travis Morrison's vocals are strong and bright, and the track's lilting instrumentation, squeaky guitars and all, borders on peppy alt-country.

Uncanney Valley — the band's first album since 2001 — is out on October 15. They've released two other singles so far: "Waiting" and "Invisible."

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