The progressive math-core band that we all can’t help but love, The Dillinger Escape Plan, have announced that the band will be calling quits following the end of their next album cycle.
God. Fucking. Damnit!
I mean, sure, that touring cycle for their new album (more on that shortly) could extend well into the last quarter of 2017 or early 2018. Well, that’s if us punters & fans are lucky. But still, goddamnit, guys.
Recently speaking with the equally loved and hated Noisey, guitarist Ben Weinman said this about the band breaking up on their own terms and on wanting to “pull a Seinfeld” (which is now my favourite quote of all time even though Seinfeld is, you know, shite):
“Well, I think in some ways we didn’t want to pull a Seinfeld, you know what I mean? The band has actually never been more prolific and we’re as credible and popular as ever. I think whenever we’re on stage, there’s not another band in the world playing at that time that even comes close to us, and that’s our goal. We’re really excited about this new album as well, but at the same time, it’s going to be our 20-year anniversary in 2017 — it might be even longer because I’m not sure when I started writing songs, but the first EP came out in ’97 — so I think it’s one of those things where we didn’t want to get to the point where we’re stopping because we have to or because we’re old or people are kind of over it. Who knows if that would ever happen, but I feel way more empowered in making hard decisions. I don’t like the idea of slowing down or doing it less often, I like to just dive in full-force and take things to the extreme because that’s what this band has always been about.”
So. About that new album then. The band’s supposedly last ever hurrah, ‘Disassociation‘, comes out October 14th via Party Smasher Inc./Cooking Vinyl and if the intense, rambunctious new single of ‘Limerent Death‘ (which is very messy, even by TDEP standards) is anything to go by, the band will be going out on a large, but familiar bang. Or it could crash and burn. I guess we’ll find out come October 14th.
In any case, the band’s decision to close up shop is, in many ways, a sad day for the heavy music scene at large. Why? Because there is now going to be some big fucking boots to fill, that’s why!
P.S yes, I know that’s not really a good/recent promo photo but fuck it, that is easily one of my favourite live shots of the band!