The Dillinger Escape Plan Guitarist Discusses Project With Members Of Mastodon, Ex-Jane’s Addiction, Etc. And More


The Dillinger Escape Plan guitarist Ben Weinman recently checked in with a lengthy update via Topics addressed include his upcoming project with members and alumni of Mastodon, Jane’s Addiction and The Mars Volta; his Cut Throat Tactics project (Ink & Dagger, Thursday) and more.

A choice excerpt from the update can be found below:

Liam has been working “diligently” on the initial sketches of a musical adventure with members of Nanos Operetta – who some of you may remember as having provided some of the string and percussion arrangements that appeared on the Ire Works recordings, as well as having re-worked a version of ‘Sunshine The Werewolf” with the Chepikov String Quartet. So far, an official name for the project is still undecided, but the direction for the group’s sound and feel is fully in focus…Stay tuned to this site as well as Liam’s twitter and personal website ( for more details about that project.

Billy has just been playing drums like they were going out of style or something. Not only is he still lending his sticks to the band “North Korea” but he has been helping me out with a little top secret jaunt that I couldn’t be more excited about. Can’t say much more than that at the moment but stay tuned in the coming weeks for a little teaser of what we have cooking.

To all of you who have been asking me about my project with Brent Hines, Eric Avery, and Thomas Pridgen, I will also be posting some song snippets in the coming weeks starting with a little something Eric Avery and I have been working on. Eric and I plan on locking ourselves in my studio for days without food or sunlight. I can’t believe the guy who wrote the “Mountain Song” bass line is gonna be sleeping on my floor. I’m sure Brent and I will have some pretty serious sessions on tour in Nov as well. We will keep you informed.

Regarding my involvement in “Cut Throat Tactics” (Ink &Dagger members Don Devore , Joshua Brown , and Chris Tropea with the addition of myself Ben Weinman and Geoff Rickly ), well I play drums. I have come to the conclusion that beating on things rules. Doing it in time to music makes it I guess, a little more productive. I have been tracking drums for some new tunes we have been writing all week. For more info on CTT keep up with the facebook .

Weinman further went on to discuss that he is doing some ‘film trailer’ scoring as well, offering:

“And last but not least, on the Ben Weinman list of things that keep me occupied, I am very excited to be involved in a project creating and scoring film trailer music. This is a new world to me but something I have always found fascinating. I’ll try and keep you updated on any advances.”

You can hear Cut Throat Tactics‘ track “Ladylove” via Soundcloud. Bonus points for you if you noticed that he typo’d Brent Hinds‘ name as well.