The Dillinger Escape Plan

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The Dillinger Escape Plan: Brian Benoit, Chris Pennie, Greg Puciato, Ben Weinman and Liam Wilson

The Dillinger Escape Plan is a mathcore band that integrates metalcore with free jazz via varying time signatures and free jazz guitar interludes. They are known for the intensity and too close for comfort violence of their live shows, and are rumored to choose their music's time signatures with the aid of dice, or with the use of some kind of code. Singer Greg Puciato has remarked that they don't care about technicality at all and that the use of math or coding in their music is all false, but that remark is more than likely a joke meant to throw people off, as many reliable sources have validated the code theory. Other rumors claim that being a proven genius is a requirement for joining the band, although this is probably false. Their name refers to outlaw John Dillinger, given their use of samples relating to him in their early live shows.

Current band members

History

The band's beginnings can be traced back to a hardcore band by the name of Arcane. Arcane's lineup during their final performance included vocalist Dimitri Minakakis, Ben Weinman and Derrick Brantley on guitars, drummer Chris Pennie, and Adam Doll filling in on bass. They performed twice with this lineup as Dillinger Escape Plan before Brantley left the group. The band recorded a demo which Now or Never Records offered to release on CD. John Fulton joined the band, filling the vacancy left by Derrick Brantley, shortly before the band's first tour. Dillinger Escape Plan gained notoriety in the hardcore scene for the intensity of their performances, and It was this notoriety that garnered the attention of Relapse Records representatives, who attended one of the band's shows in Pennsylvania, which ultimately resulted in the signing of a multi-record deal. Fulton played on Under the Running Board, their debut EP on Relapse, before he left the band in 1998.

The three-song release served to bolster anticipation for their 1999 full-length release, Calculating Infinity. 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 Doll's position in the car (leant over to pick up a CD beneath the stereo) caused a small fracture in his spine, causing paralysis. Guitarist Weinman played both guitar and bass on the album, though Minakakis credited Doll as providing a great deal of help. Brian Benoit then asked to try out for the band after touring along side Dillinger with his previous band Jesuit, taking the place of the departed John Fulton. Calculating Infinity was met with great acclaim from both the underground and mainstream press, and even drew the attention of former Faith No More vocalist Mike Patton, who asked Dillinger Escape Plan to tour with his band Mr. Bungle. Jeff Wood, former M.O.D. bassist, joined the band on tour. The band agreed to tour with Mr. Bungle, and continued on a series of shows back and forth across the United States with Candiria. Over time, their shows incorporated samples, a light show, fireworks, and even a fire breather. 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. Liam Wilson took his place.

In 2000, Now or Never Records rereleased the band's self-titled album with added bonus tracks, and the band parted ways with Minakakis. After playing a few shows without a vocalist, and reuniting with Minakakis for a couple of final shows, they began a nationwide search for a replacement via their website, releasing an instrumental version of "43% Burnt" from Calculating Infinity and inviting prospective singers to record their own vocals and submit them to the band. While the search was underway they also recorded two songs for a Black Flag tribute, and an EP of material for which Mike Patton agreed to provide vocals. The band played Krazy Fest in Louisville, Kentucky, where Sean Ingram of Coalesce filled in as singer.

In late 2001, Dillinger Escape Plan met with Greg Puciato, one of many would-be vocalists who had submitted a recording to the band, a version of "43% Burnt" in the style of the recording on Calculating Infinity, plus the same song recorded with Puciato's own spin on the song, different to the traditional Dillinger version. They were greatly impressed with his submission, wide vocal range, and intimidating presence. After two practice sessions, the band offered him the job, which he accepted. He first appeared with the band at the 2001 CMJ Music Festival in New York City.

Irony is a Dead Scene

In March 2002 the band announced they would be releasing Irony is a Dead Scene, the EP for which Mike Patton provided vocals (despite Puciato being recruited several months earlier), on Epitaph Records. Irony was also the first recorded debut of new bassist, Liam Wilson. Ex-bassist Adam Doll also appeared on the EP, playing some keyboards and samples, and marks his last appearance with the band. It was released on August 27, 2002, and, among others, contained a cover song of IDM artist Aphex Twin's "Come To Daddy".

Miss Machine

In 2003, the band appeared on the soundtrack for Underworld with the song "Baby's First Coffin", their first original song with Greg Puciato on vocals.

Miss Machine, the band's first full-length album with Puciato, was released in the United States on Relapse Records on July 20, 2004, and was released in the rest of the world on August 2, 2004.

In early 2005, Puciato revealed in an interview that the band's new deal with Relapse was for 2 albums (which includes Miss Machine) and 2 DVDs (which do not include the bonus DVD from Miss Machine). In an October, 2005 interview, Puciato mentioned that the first DVD is in development and expressed a desire for it to be similar to Metallica's "A Year and a Half in the Life of Metallica" and not simply live clips.

The band toured constantly throughout 2005, joining the Vans Warped Tour and Dave Mustaine's Gigantour. Dillinger recieved a cool reception from Gigantour audiences, the majority of whom were attending to see the more traditional metal bands on the tour (Megadeth, Dream Theatre etc.) Eventually, the band were forced to drop out of the tour slightly early due to an injury to guitarist Weinman. Brian Benoit also recieved injury during the tour.

As of October, 2005, The Dillinger Escape Plan are rehearsing new material for a new album, which is expected in the second half of 2006. Puciato has mentioned "The new album is gonna be ridiculous. I can promise you that. Chris and Ben have been writing shit they can hardly even play and then practicing it until it's blazing fast." [1]

Discography

Release Date Title Label Other Information
1997 The Dillinger Escape Plan Now or Never
October 22, 1998 Under the Running Board Relapse EP
1998 Split with Nora Ferret Records EP
1999 Split with Drowningman Hydra Head Records EP Two songs each band
September 28, 1999 Calculating Infinity Relapse
June 13, 2000 The Dillinger Escape Plan Now or Never Reissue
August 27, 2002 Irony is a Dead Scene Epitaph EP with Mike Patton of Faith No More
January 3, 2003 Live Infinity Relapse 7" Vinyl EP
July 20, 2004 Miss Machine Relapse

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