Thanks to a new covers compilation from the DC label For Love of Records, The Dismemberment Plan have shared their first new recording in over a decade: a cover of Circus Lupus’ 1992 song, “Unrequited.”
Matching the arrangement of the original recording, The Dismemberment Plan’s take on “Unrequited” has the advantage of modern mixing on its side, and hits with a harder oomph on the low-end. On the choruses, the driving crash cymbal and arpeggiated bassline lift the energy, while the guitar solo leading into the outro conveys the raw, beefy power of the track, overall aptly honoring Circus Lupus’ original.
As the band explained on Instagram, the cover was recorded in August 2023 in Richmond, Virginia. Its arrival marks the first time they have played together in nine years. Listen to it below.
Titled Yesterday & Today: DC Does Dischord, the For Love of Records compilation arrived on January 31st, 2024, and features 27 DC artists paying homage to the influential label. Joining The Dismemberment Plan on the tracklist are Ted Leo covering Shudder to Think, The Pietasters covering Minor Threat, J. Robbins covering his former band Government Issue, and over 20 others.
A portion of the proceeds from Yesterday & Today: DC Does Dischord will go towards We Are Family DC, an organization which supports disadvantaged elderly in DC. Stream the album and order physical copies via Bandcamp.
The Dismemberment Plan’s latest release prior to this was their 2013 album, Uncanney Valley. Their sophomore album, The Dismemberment Plan Is Terrified, was named by Consequence as the 35th best album of 1997.