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Greg Puciato (Ex-The Dillinger Escape Plan) Announces Debut Solo Album, Premieres First Single

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Greg Puciato is back! The charismatic frontman for The Dillinger Escape Plan (R.I.P.), Killer Be Killed, and The Black Queen has announced his first solo album, Child Soldier: Creator of God, which he’ll release on an unspecified date this summer via his own label, Federal Prisoner. And when I say “solo album, ” I do mean “solo album: according to a press release, for the first single, “Fire for Water,” Puciato “played all of the instruments on the song with the exception of drums, which were done by Chris Pennie… who also contributed additional programming.”

Pennie, of course, is Puciato’s former DEP bandmate. “Fire for Water” marks the first time P&P Music Factory have recorded together since 2004’s neo-classic, Miss Machine.

(Quick side note: it’s interesting to see former Dillinger members re-teaming now that that band is done… remember, guitarist Ben Weinman and Puciato’s DEP predecessor, Dimitri Minikakis, are also now working together again.)

Says Puciato of Child Soldier:

“I started writing in May or so of 2019, for what I thought would be the next Black Queen album, except that’s not at all what came out. So, just like with everything else that’s been born from necessity, it felt like the right time to create a home for anything that I do that didn’t fit neatly under any other existing roof. The misfits needed a place to go. This particular song [“Fire for Water”] came out really quickly. I guess it’s me reclaiming and owning the abrasive part of me. This whole album is, in a way, a very extreme statement of ownership.”

The press release doesn’t specify if Puciato plays most of the instruments on the rest of Child Soldier, too, but assuming he does, then yes, this album will be “a very extreme statement of ownership” indeed.

You can check out “Fire for Water” via the below music video (via Revolver), which Puciato himself edited and directed (there’s that ownership again!) with his Federal Prisoner co-founder, Jesse Drexler. The song was produced by Nick Rowe (Vampire Weekend, Haim) and mixed by Dillinger’s longtime producer/mixer, Steve Evetts.

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