Dillinger Escape Plan guitarist Ben Weinman (who was recently interviewed by UG) has talked about why the band decided to finally release an album independently, and how it helps them focus on their strengths as musicians.
The album "One of Us is the Killer" is a their fifth studio album, and the second release on their own Party Smasher Inc. label.
"One thing I've learned in the music industry is that there's no right or wrong way of doing this, especially considering the shape it is in now," Weinman told Ghost Cult. "Compared to the old days, there are way more avenues to distribute your music, and it started making us think about new possibilities without being tied a record label telling us what is right or what is wrong.
"It's been a very interesting ride so far and we're working with many different partners all over the world. In Europe, we work with BMG, and it's kind of funny to actually go their office to hire them to do stuff for you instead of the other way around. It gives a whole new perspective on things."
Weinman also explained that the new record is a concept album about taking responsibility for your own destiny:
"A lot of the theme has do with how, as you get older you stop pointing your finger at everyone else for your frustrations and difficulties and you start looking more inward, realizing that you're responsible for your own happiness and relationships in this world. That's the central theme that most of the songs and the lyrics revolve around."
Hear "Prancer" from the new Dillinger Escape Plan album "One of Us is the Killer" here:
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