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The Dillinger Escape Plan’s Greg Puciato: “We’re Breaking Up, We’re Not Going On An ‘Extended Hiatus'”


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The Dillinger Escape Plan shocked many when they recently announced their plans to disband after completing the touring cycle for their final album, “Dissociation“. These comments that soon followed by frontman Greg Puciato gave some fans hope that it wouldn’t truly be over, but the below interview recently conducted by Metal Hammer with Puciato finds him stressing the finality of the decision:

“‘Extended hiatus’ would leave people to believe that we think that we’re coming back. We’re breaking up, we’re not going on an ‘extended hiatus.’ We just feel like… This is a really weird thing to say but we really do still love what we do. We don’t love it any less.

We don’t love making records any less. We don’t love being onstage any less. And that’s the hard part is that you’re making a choice to stop doing something you love which sounds insane to people. But really what it’s about is realizing that if you’re a painter you don’t just paint until you run out of paint. You don’t just paint until your arm falls off. You make a decision at some time that you made a final brushstroke.

Or when you make a movie you don’t just film until you run out of film or hard drive space, you make a decision artistically to say ‘even if I’m having the best time ever, this is the end.’ So in the last few years we started to reach what felt like a thematic conclusion to our band, you know particularly Ben and I where we realized that in our lives psychologically that we were reaching sort of a resolve.

And that we had used our relationship with one another and our artistic outlet together in Dillinger Escape Plan to kind of work through a lot of things as people and as a couple of people. We started to reach this resolve—a thematic resolve—and it started to show itself in our music and our lyrics.

And I think we both just started to realize like ‘hey, if we’re ever going to draw a line and say this is over, this seems like a good time.’ And we started talking about it and the fear aspect of it in a way, cause right away there was this gut feeling of ‘oh shit, my safety net is being taken away.’

Once you got over that fear I think we started to realize that this feels like a very empowering move to say hey, now you can look at the Dillinger Escape Plan as a body, an artistic body, not just on an album-to-album basis, but you can look at the whole band artistically and say this is what this was. And it had a beginning and it had an end and they did close the circle and it is this thing that you can look at as a whole.

You know I don’t like TV shows where they just go on and on and on until the ratings die. I like a movie where someone says hey this has an end and I made it and at the end I don’t want to do another one. I don’t want to see ‘Pirates Of The Caribbean 7‘ you know?

And I feel like once we started to wrap our brains around that we started to feel really comfortable about it. It feels correct, that’s all I can say about it.”

They currently have the following tour booked with O’Brother and Cult Leader:

10/12 Baltimore, MD – Baltimore Soundstage
10/13 Providence, RI – Fete Music Hall
10/14 Poughkeepsie, NY – The Chance Theater
10/15 New York, NY – Webster Hall
10/17 Pontiac, MI – The Crofoot Ballroom
10/18 Cleveland, OH – House Of Blues
10/19 Indianapolis, IN – The Vogue
10/20 Sauget, IL – Pop’s Nightclub
10/21 Lawrence, KS – Granada
10/22 Denver, CO – Marquis Theater
10/23 Salt Lake City, UT – Urban Lounge

With Entheos:

10/25 Seattle, WA – El Corazon
10/26 Portland, OR – Dante’s
10/27 Berkeley, CA – The UC Theatre
10/28 San Diego, CA – Brick By Brick
10/29 Las Vegas, NV – Beauty Bar
10/30 Los Angeles, CA – The Regent
10/31 Phoenix, AZ – The Marquee
11/01 El Paso, TX – Tricky Falls
11/03 San Antonio, TX – Paper Tiger
11/04 Dallas, TX – Trees
11/05 Austin, TX – Sound On Sound Festival
11/06 Houston, TX – White Oak Music Hall
11/07 New Orleans, LA – Southport Hall

With Car Bomb:

11/09 Ft. Lauderdale, FL – Revolution
11/10 St. Petersburg, FL – State Theatre
11/11 Atlanta, GA – Variety Playhouse
11/12 Wilmington, NC – The Throne Theatre
11/13 Knoxville, TN – The Concourse
11/15 Philadelphia, PA – Union Transfer
11/16 Boston, MA – Paradise Rock Club
11/17 Burlington, VT – Club Metronome
11/18 Huntington, NY – The Paramount
11/19 Hartford, CT – The Webster

Dissociation” will be released on October 14th.

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