THE DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN Offer Final Interview To METALLICA's Lars Ulrich, Talk Having No Regrets About Ending The Band
This is the last week you'll ever live where The Dillinger Escape Plan is a fully touring, fully active band. The Dillinger Escape Plan will play three shows at Terminal 5 in New York City this Wednesday through Friday and then call it all quits. The band sat down with Metallica's Lars Ulrich on his "It's Electric" show to discuss the end of the band as an exit interview of sorts, and naturally one of the first questions that came up was why the band was ending it after 20 years of existence.
Guitarist Ben Weinman says it's pretty simple – The Dillinger Escape Plan wanted to end things on its own terms and be remembered for what it was as a collective group of artists.
Right. The more Greg and I talked, we're like, we're at a point right now where we still feel we're relevant, you know, as people. We're still young enough to do new things, but we feel we've learned enough to do them from a place of honesty and stability in some way mentally. And if we really were gonna stand by our word that we were doing this for the right reasons always — it's artistic, everything's intentional — then we had to take control of how it ended and there's no way to do it. As we see our friends in bands kind of, you know, people stop coming, so it's not fun, or they're fighting, or the music's just not inspired anymore and then they fizzle out because they don't have a choice. We really were like, "Let's kind of walk off into the sunset like a badass gangster that comes into town, fucks shit up, gets the girl and then says, 'I gotta go.'" [Laughs]
Asked if he has any regrets about his career with The Dillinger Escape Plan, vocalist Greg Puciato says he's got none. Puciato adds that he feels like the band went as hard as it could and didn't try to be anything else other than what it was.
I don't think so, honestly. I don't have any regrets, man, because I mean, we went really hard, man. We went really, really hard. There was no faking it. We didn't bullshit. We went for the throat the whole time, and did that offstage, too, he and I. I feel like any of the things that someone would say, "Well, I regret that," has been stuff that was necessary in getting us to where we are now as people.
As far as future plans go, Weinman says he's just going to keep making music and managing artists. Puciato says he's wrapping up a The Black Queen EP, after which "I need a minute. I need a break. I've been gunning it pretty hard."
You can watch the full interview below and read the transcription via Revolver.