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Juno & the Dismemberment Plan
Split EP
DeSoto Records

Rating: NR/10 ?

October 1, 2004
When I first heard about the European split single featuring these two bands I was immediately jealous that I wouldn't be able to get my hands on it without forking over money for an import price. When I first heard of this expanded version of that split I was enthusiastically optimistic. Optimism is often let down in music, but not in this instance.

The Dismemberment Plan's tracks, which sandwich the Juno tracks, are quite a bit different than themselves as well as the trademark Plan sound. Their original, "The Dismemberment Plan Gets Rich" is much more chaotic than the genius pop gems on their stellar Emergency and I, harking back to their more spastic early material. The infectiousness of Travis Morrison's vocal squawking with its near rap cadence is hard to be denied and the band's backing music is indicative of their bouncy and quirky side. Their cover contribution, a take on Jennifer Page's "Crush" is similarly out of step but is also immensely enjoyable both as a remake and at its own merits. Far more lengthy and broken down to the tiniest detail, the only real similarity to the original are the vocals, which Morrison expels in monotone over the top. Six minutes of rolling molasses-pop with a twinge of noir.

Just as I anticipated big things from Juno after reviewing their full length, I anticipated hearing their tracks on this split. "Non-Equivalents" is what I was expecting, and what I was pleased to receive. Brilliantly matured over their already formidably early sounds, Juno expound on their big guitar approach to power pop songwriting ala Bob Mould in this Sugary romp. The trident style guitar attack drives and surfs to the top of a rhythm fueled din, covering like ivy on a wall of sound.

The most jaw dropping and memorable part of this EP (not to mention the past year) is, without a doubt, the third track. Juno's take on DJ Shadow's "High Noon" ventures into the realm of enlightenment with Nate Mendel's guest bass treatment to create a composition that is far more dynamic and visionary than its inspiration. Everything from the relentless guitar to the way the unit cuts off at the end comes together in one multi-faceted, in-your-face treatment.

A small but tight package, this release is surprisingly huge.

Reviewed by Eric J Herboth
Eric J. Herboth is the founder, publisher and Managing Editor of LAS magazine. He is a magazine editor, freelance writer, bike mechanic, commercial pilot, graphic designer, International Scout enthusiast and giver of the benefit of the doubt. He currently lives in rural central Germany with his two best friends, dog Awahni and cat Scout.

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