The Dillinger Escape Plan are Calling It Quits
We knew The Dillinger Escape Plan were putting out a new album, and that they leave for an intimate North American tour today. But we had no clue that this new album, Disassociation, would be their last.
According to an interview with Noisey that went up today, The Dillinger Escape Plan are calling it quits after the tour cycle for Disassociation.
According to guitarist Ben Weinman, the reasons behind the decision are myriad, but specifically that the band is still pretty indie for how big they are, and that they’d rather screech to a halt than fade away:
“…The band has actually never been more prolific and we’re as credible and popular as ever. I think whenever we’re on stage, there’s not another band in the world playing at that time that even comes close to us, and that’s our goal. We’re really excited about this new album as well, but at the same time, it’s going to be our 20-year anniversary in 2017—it might be even longer because I’m not sure when I started writing songs, but the first EP came out in ’97—so I think it’s one of those things where we didn’t want to get to the point where we’re stopping because we have to or because we’re old or people are kind of over it. Who knows if that would ever happen, but I feel way more empowered in making hard decisions. I don’t like the idea of slowing down or doing it less often, I like to just dive in full-force and take things to the extreme because that’s what this band has always been about.”
I’m not quite sure how to react to this. I’m 31, and The Dillinger Escape Plan have been on the cutting edge of metal since I got into the genre. Not only have they been around, but they’ve been interesting, pushing the envelope and doing new things in ways that no one expected. They are one of the most important bands for people of my generation. I guess I sort of assumed they’d just keep doing that, forever.
Then again, you can’t blame a band for wanting to call it, especially a band who has done as many great things as DEP. Their albums are cultural events. Their shows are absolute riots. They’ve been giving it their all for two decades.
Well, Disassociation, DEP’s last album, comes out October 14th via Party Smasher Inc. “Limerant Death,” the band’s new single, can be heard here. Make sure you catch them at one of the tour dates listed here, because who knows, this might be your last chance.