WE’VE HAD TASTERS, BUT HOW DOES THE RECORD SOUND?
BEN: “It’s impossible for me to be objective, but sound-wise I’ve compared it to Calculating Infinity. Production-wise it sounds very different to any other record, which is like Calculating Infinity. [Also], the band have had their fingers on everything from teasers to artwork to putting it out on our own label. That’s similar to when we were starting out, though back then it was because we had no other choice!”
GREG: “It’s tough to explain; definitely more of an ‘album’ than a collection of songs. It’s more aggressive than One Of Us Is The Killer. Weirder. More vulnerable. I feel that you can’t compare it to the other albums, as it is some thing of a break – it doesn’t follow the order. I’m trying to avoid genre comparisons; I just hear the naked emotion, the humanity. Even the more delicate, nuanced, subdued parts are more raw. That [rawness] wouldn’t have been possible for the people we were two or three years ago.”
SO WHAT CHANGED?
GREG: “I don’t want to tell anyone my autobiography. I just had a bunch of huge life realisations happen in the past few years. They were prefaced by disaster and they became growth periods. We became more self-aware people. Personally, professionally, and in our relationship, we began peeling back the layers. Looking back, One Of Us Is The Killer is the sound of things breaking. Everything here is post-breaking-open. There’s a lot of stuff for me that goes back way beyond Dillinger Escape Plan that I don’t really want to go into. Just to say, once you get out of your own way, a lot of shit can come out of you. And we’re lucky to be able to make something artistic out of that.”
BEN: “People who’ve been in bands as long as we have are co-dependent. That’s a disorder. It’s unhealthy. But we’ve come to an acceptance that we are co-dependent. This is the first grown-up record we’ve done. Both of us have done an enormous amount of work on ourselves over the past couple of years. We’re getting to the point where if we didn’t like this stuff or it didn’t make sense, we wouldn’t do it.”
WHAT IS YOUR TAKE ON THE CURRENT STATE OF THE ROCK AND HARDCORE MUSIC SCENES? WHERE DO YOU SEE DILLINGER’S PLACE AMONG THAT?
GREG: “It’s tough to put yourself in context. The bands I fan-boy out over are normally bands that are smaller than we are. But I think it’s interesting nowadays, because there’s kind of a void – and a reverence – in terms of the exact thing that we do.”
BEN: “I don’t even know if younger bands know who we are. I do find it interesting that because we’ve been around so long I’m finding people who are fans all the time that I mightn’t expect. The guy delivering the package is like ‘Good luck with the record.’ Or the guy at the bank in a suit dealing with my finances is like, ‘Calculating Infinity is really important to me!’ I’m like, ‘What?!’ I’m still a kid, the same guy making my own layout, doing web stuff, practically putting out flyers like I did in high-school.”