Washington, D.C.-based rock quartet the Dismemberment Plan will split up later this year, frontman Travis Morrison tells Billboard.com. The group will honor plans for a handful of previously announced

Washington, D.C.-based rock quartet the Dismemberment Plan will split up later this year, frontman Travis Morrison tells Billboard.com. The group will honor plans for a handful of previously announced February shows and will embark on a separate farewell trek in May. "Honestly, we'll keep the possibility of playing free shows in D.C. in perpetuity open, you know, just getting together and playing in the summer," Morrison says.

"We've been at it for awhile," he continues. "We accomplished a lot on a small scale and there was a question about how much farther it could have gone. I think this was the exact right place for us to stop given where some of us are at mentally about continuing to play music."

Although the Plan had written seven or eight songs intended for its fifth studio album, Morrison will instead utilize that material for his first solo set, on which he plans to collaborate with Death Cab For Cutie guitarist Chris Walla. Morrison says the Plan may release a last EP and will definitely be compiling an album's worth of fan-created remixes of its songs, the raw materials for which can be found on its official Web site.

Morrison formed the Dismemberment Plan with guitarist Jason Caddell, bassist Eric Axelson, and drummer Steve Cummings on New Year's Day 1993. The group's DeSoto debut, "!," was released in 1995, and followed in 1997 by "... Is Terrified," which introduced new drummer Joe Easley into the fold. On the strength of that set and the group's must-see live shows, the Plan was signed to Interscope, but the deal yielded only a lone 1998 EP, "The Ice of Boston + 3".

The group returned to DeSoto for 1999's "Emegency & I" (which was supported with an opening slot on Pearl Jam's 2000 summer European tour) and 2001's "Change." Both albums have sold 22,000 copies in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundScan.

Here are the Dismemberment Plan's upcoming tour dates:

Feb. 3: Brooklyn, N.Y. (Galapagos; Travis Morrison solo)
Feb. 5: New York (Bowery Ballroom)
Feb. 6: Boston (Roxy)
Feb. 28: Alfred, N.Y. (Knight Club)

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