The Dillinger Escape Plan
|The Dillinger Escape Plan|
|Origin||Morris Plains, New Jersey, US|
|Past members||Ben Weinman|
The Dillinger Escape Plan was an American metalcore band.
The band's use of odd time signatures, polyrhythms and unconventional drum patterns became a staple of their sound, although later albums incorporated more melody, and influences from a range of genres.
The Dillinger Escape Plan's final lineup consists of founding member Weinman, longtime bassist Liam Wilson, vocalist Greg Puciato and drummer Billy Rymer, alongside rhythm guitarist Kevin Antreassian.
The Dillinger Escape Plan achieved critical success, releasing six studio albums during its existence, the first being Calculating Infinity (1999), which has been noted by critics as a landmark release in hardcore punk and heavy metal music.
The album has achieved a cult status selling well over 100,000 copies, which made the band the highest-selling artist on Relapse at the time.
In 2017, the band won an AIM Award for "Outstanding Contribution to Music".
Prior to the release of their final album, Dissociation (2016), The Dillinger Escape Plan announced that they would be disbanding at the end of the album's touring cycle.
As Arcane (1996)
The Dillinger Escape Plan evolved from the hardcore punk band Arcane.
Arcane played for a few months but eventually disbanded because they "were kinda sick of trying to become part of a clique and to write music that would fit into a theme", according to Weinman.
Encouraged by him, they turned around their sound and aesthetic, with bassist Adam Doll, who was Pennie's bandmate in the bands Samsara and Malfactor, becoming interested in their new direction and hence joining the band.
Guitarist Derek Brantley also joined the band following the departure of McMahon and Fulton.
Early years and Calculating Infinity (1997–1999)
Their first live performance, which they also considered the last of Arcane, was as a support act for Overcast and organized by long time friend Matt Backerman.
Backerman had just decided to form Now or Never records and asked the band to record what would be their self titled six-track EP.
Their second show was supporting Earth Crisis in Moosic, Pennsylvania.
They were nameless for many months until, without much thought, friend Matt Makowski suggested the name “The Dillinger Escape Plan” while watching a documentary on John Dillinger, a 1930s bank robber notorious for his multiple escapes from jail.
Weinman telephoned Steve Evetts to produce their album because he was a big fan of his work.
After their first two shows, Brantley lost contact with the band and did not show up when they were recording the six song self-titled effort, causing them to record as a quartet.
The six-track EP was released in April 1997, and set them off on a small club tour around northeast America.
Shortly before their first tour as The Dillinger Escape Plan, the group was joined by guitarist John Fulton, who previously played in the bands Samsara and Malfactor with Pennie and Doll.
In 1998 the band wrote and recorded their second EP titled Under the Running Board.
During this time period, The Dillinger Escape Plan gained notoriety in the hardcore punk scene for the intensity of their performances which were increasingly wild, and often violent.
These features, as well as the creative, technical approach of their music led a record executive of Relapse Records to offer the band a multi-record contract.
Shortly before signing, the Under the Running Board demo was shown to some friends, one of whom was Jesuit vocalist and guitarist Nate Newton who was impressed with their musical proficiency and invited The Dillinger Escape Plan to an American and Canadian tour with them and Botch.
Shortly after their second EP, John Fulton left the band to focus on his computer programming studies.
Before the recording of Calculating Infinity, bassist Adam Doll was involved in a car accident that left him paralyzed from the chest down.
The accident was a minor fender bender, but because Doll had leaned over to pick up a CD beneath the stereo, the accident caused a small fracture in his spine, inducing paralysis.
Guitarist Weinman played both guitar and bass on the album, though liner notes credited Doll as providing a great deal of help.
Calculating Infinity was released on September 28, 1999, through Relapse and was met with critical acclaim.
bassist and a childhood friend of Weinman, took the place of the injured bassist Doll.
Search for a new vocalist and Irony Is a Dead Scene (2000–2002)
After several months of touring, including appearances on the Warped Tour and March Metal Meltdown, the band and Wood parted ways, with Wood moving on to his own project, Shat, and Liam Wilson took his place.
Later that same year, the band parted ways with Minakakis.
Minakakis credited his departure from the band to the rigorous touring schedule.
Without a vocalist, The Dillinger Escape Plan began a nationwide search for a replacement via their website, releasing an instrumental version of "43 % Burnt" from Calculating Infinity and inviting prospective vocalists to record and send their own vocal tracks.
While the search was underway, the band had already composed some songs and decided to record an instrumental EP, eventually asking Mike Patton to sing on it.
In late 2001, Dillinger Escape Plan met Greg Puciato, one of the people who submitted a recording to the band.
Puciato included two versions of "43% Burnt", one in the style of Calculating Infinity and one with his own personal spin.
The band offered him the job after two practice sessions.
He accepted, first appearing at the CMJ Music Festival in New York City in October.
The plan to record with Patton was in place before a replacement vocalist had been found, but by the time Patton had recorded vocals and the EP was released, the band had been touring with Puciato for nearly a year.
Epitaph Records offered to release the album and, although the band was doubtful at first, they finally accepted due to the label's enthusiasm.
The EP titled Irony Is a Dead Scene was released on August 27, 2002.
The EP features Weinman, Pennie, Benoit, Wilson, Patton on vocals, and ex-bassist Adam Doll assisting with keyboards and sample effects.
Miss Machine (2003–2005)
In 2003, the band appeared on the soundtrack for Underworld with the song "Baby's First Coffin", their first original song with Puciato on vocals.
The band's second studio album (their first album with Puciato), Miss Machine was released on July 20, 2004, through Relapse.
The album polarized The Dillinger Escape Plan audience; some fans were critical of the band's increasing artistic and musical departures from their earlier efforts, while others preferred them.
Following the release, The Dillinger Escape Plan began a two-year touring cycle, headlining tours of their own or occasionally providing support for acts such as Slipknot, System of a Down, and Megadeth.
These tours were replete with injuries; in late 2004, guitarist Benoit suffered nerve damage (brachial plexus neuritis) in his left hand, and other than a short return to the stage in 2005, he has not played with the band since.
In 2005, the band was forced to drop out of Dave Mustaine's "Gigantour" slightly early due to a rotator cuff injury and fractured vertebrae Weinman had sustained performing in Anaheim, California at all-ages venue Chain Reaction.
Ire Works (2006–2008)
In 2006, Weinman finally underwent surgery for his shoulder but chose not to treat his neck because of the risks involved.
In June 2006, the band released both the digital EP Plagiarism, a cover album, and Miss Machine: The DVD, which featured live footage of its world tour.
Four shows before the end of the Coheed tour, Weinman flew home for "undisclosed personal reasons", which were later revealed to be compounding medical and financial problems, as well as frictions with Pennie.
The group played four dates as a four-piece.
In a 2008 interview, Greg Puciato said that the relationship between Weinman and Pennie had been acrimonious for several years, involving heated arguments, and the other members had already foreseen a dissolution.
While resting his arm, the guitarist stated he began to compose and experiment with sound design and electronics for the upcoming album.
Pennie left The Dillinger Escape Plan amidst writing Ire Works in 2007.
In a 2017 interview, the drummer pointed out two defining incidents for his departure: before releasing Miss Machine, a member of the band turned down a tour slot with a "really big" band without clearing it with the other members, straining his relationship with Weinman, and legal issues of the guitarist in 2006 which put the band on hold.
Other reasons were his priorities in composing and studying music over touring and contractual commitments.
According to The Dillinger Escape Plan members and Relapse Records's Matt Jacobson, Pennie did not inform them until late, despite contractual obligations for the new Dillinger album.
Weinman started to program drums daily for two months out of desperation.
On June 15, the band announced the title of the album as well as confirming the departure of Pennie.
Among the drummers considered to handle drum duties were Morgan Ågren and Sean Reinert, but the band decided to choose the relatively unknown Gil Sharone of Stolen Babies by the suggestion of Chris Hornbrook.
Eventually, The Dillinger Escape Plan completed their follow-up album to Miss Machine in 2004, titled Ire Works.
Ire Works was released on November 13, 2007, through Relapse.
Despite the inner turmoil, when the record was finished the band was more satisfied with it than with any of the previous ones, calling it a "turning point".
The album debuted on the Billboard 200 at number 142 with 7,000 copies scanned, but was later corrected when it was revealed that Relapse did not account for album pre-release sales, increasing the number of total copies sold to 11,000.
Ire Works had been a critical and commercial success, with the album being on many critics' top ten lists, making it the band's most critically successful album.
On February 6, 2008, the band had two songs from Ire Works broadcast on two television programs in the United States.
Missing from the new line up was Benoit, who had left the band because of injury.
Although assured his place in the band is secure should he ever be able to perform again, Jeff Tuttle formerly of Heads Will Roll and Capture the Flag took his place on stage.
Tuttle, however, does not make an appearance on the record.
Party Smasher Inc. and Option Paralysis (2009–2011)
In January 2009, Sharone left the band and was replaced by Billy Rymer.
The Dillinger Escape Plan played in Australia, where they joined Nine Inch Nails onstage during the Soundwave 2009 festival, helping them perform the songs "Wish" and "Mr. " as part of the last encore song of Nine Inch Nails' live show at the event. Self Destruct
The Dillinger Escape Plan announced their departure from Relapse Records on May 27, 2009.
The band had become dissatisfied with the music industry and music media, and Weinman decided to create the independent record label Party Smasher Inc. to release their fourth studio album.
Since June 2009, they began to release several demo snippets on their YouTube channel of songs from their upcoming album.
Furthermore, a website for the record was set up, linking to all of the studio update videos and demo snippets.
During their North American East Coast tour with Thursday in December 2009, the band sold download cards at their shows that entitled the customer to a download of the 10 song album upon its release with 3 additional exclusive bonus tracks.
The song "Farewell, Mona Lisa", debuted on Liquid Metal SXM on Christmas Day, 2009; it became available for download on January 19, 2010.
"Chinese Whispers" was debuted on Full Metal Jackie’s syndicated radio show broadcast on 29 stations throughout the USA on the March 5, 2010, and was subsequently played on the next two days.
On March 9, the blog MetalSucks featured the online debut of the song.
The band released their fourth studio album, Option Paralysis on March 22, 2010, through Party Smasher in partnership with Season of Mist Option Paralysis was confirmed as the title of the new album in a press release by Season of Mist.
Puciato has noted that Option Paralysis was the toughest album the group and himself have ever written.
In an interview in The Aquarian Weekly, Weinman stated that it was the most organic and less forced than previous works.
The Dillinger Escape Plan started the Option Paralysis touring cycle with a short North American tour with Thursday in December 2009, followed by a headlining run in Feb/March 2010 with Darkest Hour, Animals as Leaders, and Iwrestledabearonce.
While on the tour, the band received a Golden God Award from Revolver magazine, for "Best Underground Band", which Weinman and Puciato accepted.
After a short trip to Europe, they participated in Warped Tour 2010, playing June 24 through August 15.
During a January 12, 2011 interview on the Metal Injection Livecast, Puciato announced that the band was currently in the process of writing new music which would either surface as an EP later in the year or else a full-length album the following year.
However, in 2011 The Dillinger Escape Plan continued to tour, accompanying Deftones for a nine-week-long North American trek from April to June.
Touring continued with former labelmates Mastodon, both in the US in late 2011 and the UK in early 2012, followed by their second appearance at Soundwave Festival in Australia, as well as dates with System of a Down in New Zealand and Australia.
The group also played its first shows in Malaysia and Bangkok, as well as their first South American performance, headlining the second stage on the first night of the prestigious Rock al Parque festival in Bogota, Colombia.
One of Us Is the Killer (2012–2014)
On August 17, 2012, the band announced via their Facebook page that Tuttle had left the band to pursue other projects in music and film.
While playing this show, a mystery guitar player was noticed filling in for former rhythm guitarist Jeff Tuttle, who had left the band in August.
A couple of weeks later, during a phone interview (on the Metal Injection Livecast) while in the studio recording their new album, Weinman announced that this mystery guitar player was James Love, who had played with the band briefly while they toured in support for their album Miss Machine.
On February 18, 2013, the band announced the title of their new album, One of Us Is the Killer, On March 12, they released the first single from the album.
On April 23, The Dillinger Escape Plan released the music video for "When I Lost My Bet", the first from the upcoming album.
It was directed by Mitch Massie and was posted on the band's Facebook page and Sumerian Records' YouTube account.
Subsequent videos released from the album were "One of Us Is the Killer", "Hero of the Soviet Union", and "Paranoia Shields".
The band released their fifth studio album, One of Us Is the Killer on May 14, 2013 through Party Smasher in partnership with various labels around the world, including BMG for Europe, Grind House for Japan, Remote Control for Australia and Sumerian Records for North America.
While touring North American in April 2014, the band released the non-album single, "Happiness Is a Smile".
On July 14, 2014, it was announced that the band would be playing for two weeks as the opening slot on the Nine Inch Nails and Soundgarden North American tour.
This decision was announced following the supposed disbandment of Death Grips, who was originally scheduled to appear as the opening act.
Dissociation and disbandment (2015–2017)
In May 2015, Kevin Antreassian, a former member of New Jersey progressive metal band Knife the Glitter and former guitar student of Ben Weinman, became the new rhythm guitarist of the band replacing James Love.
In July, Weinman announced during an Australian interview that the band would return to the studio in November to record the follow-up to One of Us Is the Killer.
In an interview with Noisey, Weinman said the Dillinger Escape Plan would stop performing, with Puciato later saying "we're breaking up."
Puciato was quoted saying that the band still enjoyed writing, recording and performing together but "we started to reach what felt like a thematic conclusion to our band", comparing the decision to a filmmaker who enjoys the current film he is creating but cannot continue the process indefinitely.
Weinman said, "we are going to do the cycle for this album and that's it."
Dissociation was released on October 14, 2016, through Party Smasher in partnership with Cooking Vinyl.
In 2019, the singer acknowledged this album the first part of a trilogy, followed by his 2019 book Separate the Dawn (written during their last tour) and finished with The Black Queen record Infinite Games.
On February 12, 2017, during their European farewell tour, The Dillinger Escape Plan was involved in a vehicle crash after a truck collided with their bus near Radomsko, Poland.
The truck driver, who ended up seriously wounded, pleaded guilty to falling asleep while driving.
Thirteen people in all were injured, but the band members were not gravely hurt.
Revolver reported that they "narrowly survived" the incident.
In April 2018, Antreassian revealed he had two fractured vertebrae and, as a consequence, played with a back brace for a month.
Puciato tore a quadriceps, which he did not treat immediately, and later revealed that he began to suffer from serious mental health issues during this tour, including panic disorder and hypochondria, but following the accident his symptoms became "almost unlivable" and had to receive treatment.
Fans raised over $20,000 in a week to the band following the crash.
On September 5, The Dillinger Escape Plan were honoured at the 2017 Association of Independent Music Awards.
The band received the "Outstanding Contribution to Music" prize at the ceremony at The Brewery, Clerkenwell.
The band also played two additional shows on December 27 and 28, before the final show.
On the December 28 show, the band was joined on stage by original frontman Dimitri Minakakis, and he performed several early Dillinger Escape Plan songs.
Minakakis also sang with Puciato during the encore performance of 43% Burnt.
Minakakis appeared again on the last night, whereas former guitarist Brian Benoit joined them for parts of the December 27 and December 28 shows.
Original bassist Adam Doll joined as well for the final night, playing keyboards on their last song "Dissociation".
Post-Dillinger Escape Plan activities (2018–present)
After the Dillinger Escape Plan disbanded, the members remained active in music.
He has also been playing bass occasionally for Devin Townsend.
In September 2019, Rymer reunited with Weinman while playing a series of shows for Suicidal Tendencies as a fill-in for Dave Lombardo.
Antreassian owns and operates Back Room Studios in Rockaway, New Jersey, which operates as a full recording studio and rentable rehearsal space.
Puciato released the poetry and photography book Separate the Dawn on February 12, 2019, marking the second anniversary of the band's bus accident in Poland.
It was written during the last Dillinger tour and released through Federal Prisoner.
Several reviewers have described their early albums as grindcore performed from a technical approach.
John Adamian of the Hartford Courant classified Dillinger as "a kind of knotted, complex, abrasive math rock", as well as "prog metal that embraces an avant-garde level of coiled and meshed intricacies.
"AllMusic writer Ryan Downey describes the group as "maniacally intense", "crushingly metallic", "displaying rigorous physical endurance," while at the same time notes their "precise musicianship" and "meticulously thought-out" compositions.
John Adamian commented: "Listening to [The Dillinger Escape Plan] sometimes feels like being ground between a system of elaborate gears.
Chromatic turns and cycling patterns notch all the pieces together.
The guitars are often dissonant, shifting into double and triple time, with vocals that deliver a blow-torch scorch."
After Calculating Infinity, they constantly incorporated new sounds and other styles, "even commercial ones", as Andrew Earles of Spin said, and their albums became "packed with the sometimes brutal, sometimes beautiful music only they play" that "skids from grindcore to progressive jazz and beyond".
When asked to define The Dillinger Escape Plan's music, bassist Liam Wilson said: "I usually tell my parents' generation that we sound like what might happen if you took the sophistication of King Crimson and cross-bred us with the snottiness of the Sex Pistols... or 'punk jazz' which is how Jaco Pastorius once described his sound."
In the words of lead guitarist Ben Weinman, the prime mover of The Dillinger Escape Plan, the band's first albums intended to "stir things up", "really try things new", and "challenge people" within the 1990s hardcore punk scene.
He felt that many of its bands were trying to sound like their predecessors from the previous decade rather than "encompass the[ir] attitude", which influenced him deeply, and others were more interested in "joining into cliques" such as straight edge, religious or political groups, instead of prioritizing their music.
At the start of the group, Weinman considered The Dillinger Escape Plan an electronic-infused metal band as both he and Pennie were inspired by IDM music.
However, the members were still knowing each other and "[figuring] out what it was that we wanted to do".
After their debut EP, the band was joined by guitar shredder John Fulton and, prior to composing the Under the Running Board EP, all the members became interested in technical extreme metal and shortly afterward progressive music and jazz fusion.
They tried to adapt the use of odd time signatures and polyrhythms of these artists to a punk context, thus starting to compose pieces with these characteristics and repeat them until they could play it as fast as they could.
From then until their first studio album, Calculating Infinity, they explored more unconventional drum patterns, such as taking notes away to expand their rhythms, or Pennie playing as hard as he could and using china cymbals excessively instead of splashes.
While Pennie composed from a more academic approach, working on theory books for days, Weinman had a more intuitive approach.
They attribute the "tug and pull of" both personalities as a key element in The Dillinger Escape Plan development, but also as the reason for the drummer's eventual departure from it.
The groundbreaking 1999 debut created a huge hype, but the band members gained an interest on melodic songwriting and production along the way, and also wanted to fully explore their electronic influences.
Looking to cover all their musical influences and both Minakakis and Patton's ranges, the band hired Greg Puciato, whose vocal delivery spans styles from screaming to crooning, and he was encouraged to sing by the other members.
While maintaining their original style, on 2004's Miss Machine they incorporated more melody, industrial influences and strings, as well as two songs that were not initially composed for Dillinger nor in their usual style to "not be pigeonholed".
2010's Option Paralysis has more piano, vocal harmonies and on this album the band "learned how to merge [all these new] elements" within the songs rather than separating them from song to song, as Puciato stated.
He referred to its follow-up, One of Us Is the Killer, as a continuation of this and it was the first since Calculating Infinity were they composed all the music during its songwriting process.
Gray of Exclaim!
stated: "The tightness, the focus of [One of Us Is the Killer], was ludicrous, seemingly taken as far as it could go".
On the contrary, Dissociation drew from all their different inspirations but mostly from song to song, including, for example, long instrumental sections of IDM and jazz fusion, and some parts were composed many years before its recording.
The background of the early Dillinger Escape Plan members was diverse.
Some, including bassist Adam Doll, guitarist John Fulton and drummer Chris Pennie, were mostly influenced by technical players, as well as heavy extreme metal bands such as Death, Morbid Angel, Carcass and Meshuggah, whereas guitarist Ben Weinman and vocalist Dimitri Minakakis by metalcore and post-hardcore bands of the 1990s, particularly Deadguy, Dazzling Killmen, Today Is the Day, Coalesce, Fugazi and Drive Like Jehu.
While Weinman still appreciated heavy metal, he became "desensitized" to most of it because "there weren't new bands or old bands creating new albums that were pushing anything [new]" and felt it had become "formulaic".
What tied all the band members together was their admiration for progressive and jazz fusion artists such as King Crimson, Cynic, Meshuggah and Mahavishnu Orchestra, particularly their albums Discipline, Focus, Destroy Erase Improve and Apocalypse respectively.
The guitarist also cited IDM music for his use of chaotic riffs, stating that, in some ways, they did "the guitar version of [intelligent dance music], using certain rhythms and frequencies" that sound "so random, but the more you listened to it, the more it made sense, and actually had intention."
They learned how to blend all their initial influences on the Under the Running Board EP, and, for this album, the joining of Fulton had a major impact on Weinman's guitar playing through the incorporation of more technical types of guitar work.
The group, however, did not fully display their electronic influences until the Irony Is a Dead Scene EP because of the lack of equipment and time restraints.
Between the period of writing and promoting Calculating Infinity, 1997's OK Computer by Radiohead had an important effect on Ben Weinman, whereas 1998's Psyence Fiction by Unkle and 1999's The Fragile by Nine Inch Nails influenced Chris Pennie.
These records led the band to focus more on songwriting, production and experimentation on their next album, Miss Machine, instead of just "rip everything as fast as we can".
Former drummer Chris Pennie went to jazz school and was especially inspired by Cynic's Sean Reinert, Vinnie Colaiuta, Terry Bozzio, Meshuggah's Tomas Haake and DJ Shadow, whereas Liam Wilson cited Jaco Pastorius and James Jamerson as his biggest bass inspirations.
He said of the former: "[they] opened my eyes a lot to what could be done with the voice overtop of heavy music".
Until the recording sessions, the two could barely perform some of these pieces in an accurate way because of their complexity.
Both wrote and focused on approximately ten seconds of music every day, developing them through jam sessions and afterward joining several parts that "could go cohesively" together.
They send these demos to Greg Puciato and Liam Wilson: the first joined different pieces together and worked over them, making "a picture that means something to" him.
Puciato stated that he could spend days to just compose a fifteen seconds part the way he wanted.
Usually, Liam Wilson was the last member to compose due to the suggestion of producer Steve Evetts, who is also a bassist, in order that he could counterpoint with any instrument, including Puciato's vocals and the electronics.
Weinman and Puciato consider themselves to be songwriters instead of a guitarist and a vocalist, and, over time, they added diverse instruments and samples on some songs, focusing on what would fit best into them rather than their live instrumentation.
Since their inception, Steve Evetts was the producer, sound engineer and mixer of almost all The Dillinger Escape Plan's releases.
His close involvement in these roles led him to be considered as another member of the band.
The recording sessions were often described as exhausting because the members tracked sections in a way they thought were fine as the final take, but Evetts made them repeat some of these a large number of times until it sounded "like a Pro Tools copy-paste", yet without the use of audio effects.
The producer nitpicked details such as Wilson's type of plectrum and its angle of playing.
Puciato, Weinman and Evetts rarely worked all together in the studio; while two of them were recording, the other was absent to "[stay] fresh" so that, later on, "he can make comments and it’s easy enough to be objective" for making adjustments.
From Option Paralysis on, Puciato and Weinman became largely involved in the recording process, working on it to the point of "obsession", and postponed their recording deadlines for months in order to redo their album mixes numerous times.
The Dillinger Escape Plan was noted for their reckless, chaotic live shows.
While playing, some band members would climb up and leap off of parts of the stage, bounce off walls, dive into moshpits and destroy their own gear.
Over time they incorporated samples, a light show and other elements.
In their early performances, Ben Weinman threw his guitar across the rooms in which they played and, shortly afterward, Dimitri Minakakis started to breathe fire.
The band's turning point came in 2001 with the new vocalist Greg Puciato, whose imposing body and destructive antics, coupled with his vocal expertise, made him "the perfect physical embodiment of The Dillinger Escape Plan’s music."
The singer kept blowing fire continuously until The Station nightclub fire happened (an incident unrelated to the band which restricted the use of pyrotechnics) and began to run violently from the stage on top of the crowd.
Initially, the band had a "pirate-ship mentality" which involved several destructive acts, but they stopped performing some of these after receiving various lawsuits.
The concerts caused the band members both direct and cumulative injuries.
Their physical performances were improvised and, despite the aggressive nature of their shows, they "just want[ed] to be as pure and in the moment as possible vocally and physically", rather than performing acts that can cause harm to others.
Weinman said their live shows were initially influenced by him "hating people" and he used them as "a way for after school, or work, after a long week, to play a show and just vent".
At the 2002 edition of the prestigious Reading Festival, the Dillinger Escape Plan's performance made national United Kingdom headlines because vocalist Greg Puciato defecated in full view onstage, put it into a bag, and threw it into the crowd before smearing the rest onto himself, proclaiming "This is a bag of shit, I just wanted to show you this so you'll recognize it later on throughout the day" referring to the quality of some bands he felt were appearing that day of the festival, particularly Puddle of Mudd.
The act nearly got the band banned from the UK for violation of public-decency laws, despite this the band's set was one of the highest reviewed of the entire festival that year, and was later included in a list of the top one hundred Reading or Leeds performances of the decade.
Upon returning to Reading in 2016, Puciato played the opening song "Prancer" sitting on an onstage couch reading a newspaper and drinking tea.
Puciato later commented on the act saying;
Business practices and ethics
Throughout most of their career, The Dillinger Escape Plan led a steadfast DIY ethic.
In the beginning, they were managed by long time friend of the band Tom Apostolopoulos, who acted as a tour manager, along with Ben Weinman, and, since the Miss Machine's touring cycle, only by the last.
During the first years, both were in charge of the financial affairs of the band, scheduled tours by calling all their phone contacts, rented and booked transport, and placed flyers printed by Weinman on the walls of New Jersey.
Until 2011, Greg Puciato was in charge of merchandising, clothing design and mailing.
Their road crew was not expanded substantially over the years and the band members kept contributing to the technical and traveling tasks until their last tour.
Their work ethic was directly inspired by the 1990s American hardcore punk scene.
They also cited Mike Patton as both an artistic and business "mentor".
The singer's influence on The Dillinger Escape Plan began on their 1999 tour supporting Patton's Mr. , particularly by seeing how he decided to travel in a van, carry and set up his own gear, and not hire a technician, despite having "had recently been playing stadiums with BungleFaith No More", but simultaneously he had a perfectionist standard on their live shows and did not open the venues at which they played until the sound was ideal.
In 2009, Weinman founded the independent record label Party Smasher Inc. for all things related to The Dillinger Escape Plan, as well as hosting diverse independent artists and contributors.
Weinman stated that, rather than creating a record label as such, this was intended to give them total freedom to explore all the possibilities of the music industry in the Information Age instead of being restricted by a traditional record deal.
They released their last three albums on the label.
Although never having had an agenda on their lyrics, the band members were outspoken and usually controversial in interviews.
In 2016, Puciato said: "We give a lot of fucks about not giving a fuck, if that makes sense.
We have a really high level of quality control about not putting parameters and cages around ourselves creatively.
That's kind of been the only motivation I've ever had".
On Miss Machine, they included the songs "Unretrofied" and "Phone Home" that were not initially composed for Dillinger nor in their usual style in order to not "be confined into a specific space".
After their first albums, they toured with bands from diverse genres outside of the metalcore scene to prevent being "pigeonholed into" it.
They were vocal about their dislike for styles such as nu metal and mainstream metalcore of the early to mid-2000s, as well as mocked musicians such as Jared Leto, Nickelback, Puddle of Mudd, Disturbed, Avenged Sevenfold, Atreyu, and Linkin Park.
The Dillinger Escape Plan did several charity concerts and sold merchandise with a portion of their profit's toward philanthropic organizations, including Music for Relief, the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, The Trevor Project, among others.
On one occasion, The Dillinger Escape Plan rejected a tour slot with thrash metal group Slayer in spite of being fans of them, because their lyrics and imagery regarding Nazism were "questionable" and "never ... sufficiently explained" to Weinman, who had relatives that were murdered in the Holocaust.
The Dillinger Escape Plan is often considered one of the most influential bands in extreme music circles since the late 1990s.
Alex Lynham of MusicRadar states that "Dillinger Escape Plan are one of the few guitar bands of the past 25 years to make a total and radical break with the music of the past and forge a unique sound", spawning "countless imitators, iterations and acolytes."
Maximus Frank of MetalSucks has remarked "The Dillinger Escape Plan will be remembered as one of the greatest bands of all time – and possibly, the greatest punk band ever.
Drowned in Sound's Ben Patashnik declared in 2007 that Dillinger is one of the few bands to have "emerged from small, insular, resolutely non-mainstream scenes" and at the same time "managed to reach well further than one might reasonably think possible."
The Dillinger Escape Plan were honored at the 2017 Association of Independent Music Awards.
The band received the "Outstanding Contribution to Music" prize at the ceremony at The Brewery, Clerkenwell.
The AIM Awards judge and Metal Hammer editor Merlin Alderslade said:
Awards and nominations
|Year||Nominee / work||Award||Result|
|2005||The Dillinger Escape Plan||Live Act of the Year||Nominated|
|2005||Miss Machine||Metal Album of the Year||Won|
|2008||Ire Works||Metal Album of the Year||Won|
|Year||Nominee / work||Award||Result|
|2008||The Dillinger Escape Plan||Best Live Band||Nominated|
|2008||The Dillinger Escape Plan||Spirit of Independence||Won|
|2014||The Dillinger Escape Plan||Inspiration||Won|
Revolver Golden Gods Award
|Year||Nominee / work||Award||Result|
|2010||The Dillinger Escape Plan||Best Underground Band||Won|
|Year||Nominee / work||Award||Result|
|2017||The Dillinger Escape Plan||Outstanding Contribution to Music||Won|
|Year||Nominee / work||Award||Result|
|2017||The Dillinger Escape Plan||Icon||Won|
|Year||Nominee / work||Award||Result|
|2018||The Dillinger Escape Plan||5 Greatest Live Bands of All Time (readers poll)||1|
|Year||Nominee / work||Award||Result|
|2018||The Dillinger Escape Plan||10 Most Terrifying Live Bands||4|
For a more comprehensive list, see The Dillinger Escape Plan band members.
For a more comprehensive list, see The Dillinger Escape Plan discography.
- Calculating Infinity (1999)
- Miss Machine (2004)
- Ire Works (2007)
- Option Paralysis (2010)
- One of Us Is the Killer (2013)
- Dissociation (2016)
Credits to the contents of this page go to the authors of the corresponding Wikipedia page: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The Dillinger Escape Plan.