THE DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN is readying what is to potentially be the final full-length album before an "extended hiatus." "Dissociation", out October 14, is a product of the recent collaboration of the band's Party Smasher Inc. label with Cooking Vinyl and promises to be their most adventurous to date.
The group — vocalist Greg Puciato, guitarist (and original member) Ben Weinman, bassist Liam Wilson, drummer Billy Rymer and guitarist Kevin Antreassian — will play a limited run of intimate shows throughout North America in August, bringing their intense live set to Reading and Leeds in the U.K., then coming back to the U.S. for a full-on live assault.
THE DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN tracked drums at Vudu Studio on Long Island. Guitars and bass were recorded at Party Smasher Studio in New Jersey with producer Steve Evetts. Half the vocals were recorded at Steve's studio in Long Beach and the others with producer Josh Wilbur at his home studio. Then additional guitars and sound design was done in Weinman's own personal studio. The album was then mixed by Kurt Ballou at Godcity in Boston, Massachusetts.
The album's first single, "Limerent Death", Weinman says, "is one of my all-time favorite DEP songs. I feel that this song is one of the rare instances where all the members are feeling, and conveying the same energy from start to end. A sharp, focused dagger plowing its way through thick heavy walls."
"Dissociation" track listing
01. Limerent Death
02. Symptom Of Terminal Illness
03. Wanting Not So Much As To
05. Low Feels Blvd
08. Manufacturing Discontent
09. Apologies Not Included
10. Nothing To Forget
In an interview with Noisey, Weinman stated about THE DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN's plans to call it quits: "Well, I think in some ways we didn't want to pull a 'Seinfeld', you know what I mean? 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."
He added: "I mean, it's probably a fact that we couldn't do it when we're 60, but we're not stopping right now because we feel incapable, that's for sure. There's a reality that eventually, the type of show that we're doing wouldn't be realistic — I'm pretty much falling apart at the limbs at this point — but it doesn't matter, because when we play, we play. The rest of the world and anything else going on in our lives doesn't exist. I think that's what I'll miss the most, those moments. But there isn't any time in the very near future where we feel like we couldn't do this; we still feel excitement from it and still get that catharsis when we play because it's uninhibited free expression. But, again, one of the reasons to stop now is because it's great to still feel that way and control our destiny."
In preparation for a busy year of new music and worldwide touring, THE DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN has announced a short run of intimate shows throughout North America.
Starting in Toronto on August 5, the band will be playing at Hard Luck, making their way down the East Coast through Boston, New York, Philadelphia, and Washington D.C. Soon after, they will be continuing the tour towards the West Coast for shows throughout California.
THE DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN's fifth full-length album, "One Of Us Is The Killer", sold around 15,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 25 on The Billboard 200 chart. The CD was released on May 14, 2013 through Party Smasher Inc., in partnership with Sumerian Records in North America.