The Dillinger Escape Plan: 'We Get in a Car Accident Every Night'

Vocalist Greg Puciato and guitarist Ben Weinman discuss the new album and the physical exhaustion the band is going through on every show.

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In a recent Metal Hammer exclusive, vocalist Greg Puciato and guitarist Ben Weinman of Dillinger Escape Plan discussed a wide array of topics, ranging from their early musical influences to naming the person they would like to kill.

When asked about the worst injuries they ever picked up, Weinman started off by saying its surprising that some of the band members are even walking. Puciato then described each show as a car accident, adding that the group puts itself under tremendous amount of physical exhaustion each night, a kind of exhaustion a human body is "not meant to absorb ever, especially not every single night."

"Its surprising that some of us are walking, it's not even a joke. Things have happened to us that shouldn't keep us walking. We never know what's gonna happen."

The group will apparently remain well known for their tight tour schedule reputation and already has a long series of booked concerts stretching all the way to December. As far as the new studio release goes, "One of Us is a Killer" is set for a May 14 release and according to the official announcement, "it represents a new holistic pinnacle of the band's constantly evolving and engaging dynamics." In a separate interview with the Noisecreep, which he considers completely different from any other group, emphasizing the amount of details as one the its most distinctive features.

"Dillinger is a different beast in tracking than most normal bands. Even Steve has told me that there's no other band that he has recorded that requires this amount of attention to detail. We take a longer amount of time to do one thing than most bands take to do ten. At this point, talking to Ben about it, we only do this once every three years on average so ten years from now I don't want to look back and think, 'F--k man, we should have finished that one three weeks earlier!' Who cares? You want it to be right and you want it to be the thing that was the closest to what your vision actually was."\

While talking about the musical direction of the new record, the singer has described the new riffs as aggressive, with lots of "old punk and hardcore record" influence.

"I can hear the influence of old punk and hardcore records a lot. I can definitely hear that in some of the riffs, which are really aggressive. It's not a blatant hardcore record or anything like that. I actually think this is the most all over the place and weirdest record we've ever written. It's the first one since I joined the band where Ben has sent me songs and I've been like, 'What the f--k is happening? This sounds like a beehive!"

The band has recently posted a preview of the new release, giving the fans a glimpse of the new material. As the fifth record in the group's catalogue, "One of Us is a Killer" features Steve Evetts (The Cure, Suicide Silence, Glassjaw) at the helm of production and is already available for pre-order.

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    Misleading title is misleading.
    Welcome to Ultimate Guitar. Here's a pamphlet on things you should know about Dave Mustaine and Courtney Love. Also, how do you feel about the word "Slam"?
    One of the best live shows you'll ever see, first time I saw them I ended up taking the rhythm guitarist's headstock square in the teeth after he decided to get into the moshpit
    haha "sounds like a beehive". These guys are amazing, if you haven't seen Dillinger yet do it.
    The Spoon
    The quote was actually supposed to be something like "Being in this band is like being in a car accident every night." Anyway, I can't wait for this album, Dillinger rules, etc.
    I saw these guys last year when they supported Mastodon along with Red Fang. I've got to be honest, I didn't rate them at all in spite of all of the obvious physical brutality that their set involved. I just dont think the music was much good. It was as if their major focus was on getting the energy going around the room ( which they did) without really thinking about their art. I thought Red Fang were really good on the other hand.....
    I saw them on that tour aswell, I ACTUALLY felt like i was going to throw up (not out of disgust or anything,their set was so speratic[not sure if thats spelt right,sorry]it made my stomach churn in ways I never knew it could). My body and mind were just not ready for it. I then saw them at Heavy To last summer and I thought they were amazing! They're just one of those bands that either you get or you dont, more so then most progressive bands. Look past the insaneness and you'll see how awesome of a band they are to beable pull off this kind of music.
    Red Fang are incredibly amazing. Dillinger are musically really good but it's very hard to realise that from seeing them live. When I saw them it was pretty much a big wall of noise, but to be fair I couldn't make out a single note Mastodon played when I saw a few minutes of them at a festival.
    listens to 43% burnt.... wtf.. too bad car accident wasn't fatal
    God am I sick of seeing this. If you don't like the band, that's perfectly okay, but the "too bad they didn't die" attempt at a joke just makes you look stupid at best. Grow up
    Dude take that "wish this band would die" crap and go to LambGoat where there are a bunch of losers just like you.
    yeah guys im really really really sorry. like if they died today, I would be all like.. OMG like I feel so bad. you guys r so mature, like im glad u told me. i think you guys need to grow up, you damn pussies