The Dillinger Escape Plan

Greg Puciato Says The Dillinger Escape Plan May Eventually Return For Special Shows, Gives Killer Be Killed Update (Updated)


Update October 04th, 2018 03:06pm:

Puciato‘s camp has since reached out to clarify that his current focus is The Black Queen (and to a lesser extent Killer Be Killed) and that there have been no internal discussions for The Dillinger Escape Plan to reunite at anytime in the future—though his response in the interview might be misconstrued as such. Puciato‘s response below was merely speculation on what could possibly happen at some point in the future.

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While his main focus on his recent press tour is “Infinite Games“, the newly released album from his band The Black Queen, ex-The Dillinger Escape Plan frontman Greg Puciato has also been fielding questions about his now defunct former role.

The Dillinger Escape Plan called it quits following a lengthy farewell tour that culminated in a string of farewell shows back in December of last year. In a recent interview, Puciato stated that he felt ‘horrible’ during much of that final album cycle.

Interestingly, in a new chat Puciato revealed that he hadn’t had direct contact with his former The Dillinger Escape Plan counterpart Ben Weinman up until just very recently. Speaking with, Puciato was asked if he is ok where he is at in life currently, he replied:

“I actually just talked to Ben for the first time since we broke up. I got off the phone with him right before doing this interview actually! I’m feeling pretty fucking good, man, all things considered. And look, time just passes. I don’t know who I said this too, but I would be doing the exact same thing if the band hadn’t broken up.

We always took time off between records, and during those time periods, I would never really stop. I’m a gas pedal, so in between ‘One Of Us Is The Killer’ and ‘Disassociation’, I did both Killer Be Killed and ‘Fever Daydream’. They were only three years apart, so I was just rippin’ at all times.

The second that Dillinger ended, I was in the studio with The Black Queen, which lasted until May. From May until now, it has been a lot of record and tour logistics. That would all still be happening now if Dillinger still existed. It’s not gonna start to seem weird to me until maybe a few years from now. Whenever I listen back to a Dillinger record, I feel… really good about where we left it.

On ‘Disassociation’, right down to the final track, it all felt final. I don’t feel a need to make more songs that sound like that. It’d be like George Lucas putting more scenes in Star Wars: dude, you finished it, leave it the fuck alone. We may one day play celebration Dillinger Escape Plan shows, as we have six albums where we could play entirely different sets. But as far as creatively going, to scream more shit at people? Not right now.

I played 2,000 shows with Dillinger, so how much more energy can I give? I’m like a nuclear reactor inside. How long until someone says that I have to deal with where this is all coming from? I’ve been in therapy for the last five years, and I’ve dealt with a lot of shit behind the scenes.

Albums are like iceberg tips, little artistic tips, and underneath is a mountain of shit and you’re just given the cliff notes. That’s all stuff I’ve had to deal with and process behind-the-scenes. I just don’t have any more of it coming out of me right now.”

That he and Weinman took such a long break from contact shouldn’t be too surprising, given the tension between the two inspired much of their album “One Of Us Is The Killer“. Meanwhile, in a recent interview with Maniacs, he was asked what has been going on with the sophomore album from Killer Be Killed, his supergroup with members of Soulfly, Mastodon, Converge and more. He said of their current progress:

“We have 10 songs that are demos, and how we proceed from here is more of a matter of scheduling and whether we agree if those ten songs are enough or if we need to write more. We have not had those conversations really because we are all busy as fuck on our other things.

We are trying to find a couple of months that we are all free and stay free. We got together in March for a couple of weeks, wrote non-stop and ended up with ten demos. I feel like we should do that again and then whittle it down to the strongest 10 of those 20. Everything takes time when it’s not your main thing.”

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