Why have Dillinger Escape Plan really decided to call it quits?
After almost two decades of genre-smashing chaos, The Dillinger Escape Plan have finally imploded. Ben and Greg tell us why it’s time to quit
Greg Puciato lurches forward. His eyes narrow, and he gesticulates wildly as the words spill furiously from his mouth, his voice rising in pitch and volume. He looks pissed off. Meanwhile, bandmate and guitarist Ben Weinman glares fixedly. One of his eyes is reddened, swollen and sore from a recent onstage collision with Greg.
If you’ve ever seen The Dillinger Escape Plan live, this scene will be familiar to you. The reason they have been revered for the last two decades is down to their drive to push themselves mentally, physically and emotionally to create some of the most awe-inspiring, challenging and confrontational music and performances in our world. But neither Greg nor Ben are onstage at this moment. They’re both sitting in a featureless dressing room backstage at Reading festival, fresh from their raging warm-up show three days earlier at London’s Old Blue Last. And Greg’s annoyance is directed squarely at Metal Hammer.
“We aren’t the ones that want to talk about us breaking up,” he says, taking a breath. “That’s you! This break-up is causing people to look for a lot of shit. When JK Rowling decided she wasn’t going to write any more Harry Potter books, nobody asked her to spell out why. It was just over. My biggest fear as an artist is misrepresentation; it would crush me for this record to be a side-story, and if all you’re going to do is look for clues as to why we’re breaking up, there’s not a lot that pertains to that, or to mine and Ben’s relationship, on this record.”
Greg sits back and sips a can of Coke. The Dillinger Escape Plan have just announced that their forthcoming sixth album, Dissociation, will be their last. But they’re not about to slip quietly into retirement...