The Dillinger Escape Plan strikes back 

Group to play Emerson Jan. 18

Group to play Emerson Jan. 18
Greg Puciato was another singer and guitar player gigging around Baltimore when he heard that one of his favorite bands was searching for a new frontman. He immediately jumped at the opportunity.
The Dillinger Escape Plan’s founding vocalist Dimitri Minakakis left and sent the rest of the band to the Internet for a replacement. They took an instrumental version of their song “43% Burnt” and uploaded it to their Web site, asking fans to record vocals and send it back in hopes of being picked. Puciato stood out from the hundreds of CD-R submissions. “They called wanting to know if I had anything else to send.” Not long after, he got another call. This time he made the drive down to audition in person. “I had a job in construction and asked my boss if I could take the day off,” the 23-year-old recalls. “He said no‚ so I quit. That day I went to Philly and met [bassist] Liam Wilson. We went over to the rehearsal space and I met the rest of the band. I was expecting it to be a disaster.” And so did guitarist Ben Weinman. “Ben was telling me not to freak out if it sounded fucked up at first. But my buddy from back home played drums in weird timing. A Candiria and Dillinger influenced style. So when I was there with [Dillinger drummer] Chris Pennie playing, I just took my cue from him.” The band was impressed. “We practiced five or six songs and they asked me to learn five or six more. That was the hint that it was pretty much a done deal.” The Dillinger Escape Plan might almost defy genre classification if they weren’t so rooted in metal. Known for technical skill and odd time signatures, they successfully fuse elements of jazz, math, grindcore and even funk. With two EPs under their belt (including a split release with fellow Jersey band Nora), coupled with their volatile live shows, Relapse signed Dillinger in 1997. Another EP was released in 1998 and their full length, Calculating Infinity, came a year later. Both releases go hand in hand in demonstrating the band’s unconventional song-writing abilities. Former vocalist Dimitri Minikakis’ onstage conniption fits and throat-ripping screams caught the attention of Mike Patton, who had broken up with Faith No More and moved on to more experimental music. While searching for a new frontman, Dillinger played a few shows as an instrumental act and was ready to release a vocal-less album until Patton stepped in and offered his services. “The guys didn’t think they’d find a new singer so fast. So once I was in, they told me not to get weirded out but had already made plans with Patton,” Puciato remembers. With Puciato now pulling full-time vocal duties, Dillinger was offered a lucrative spot opening for System of a Down in Europe. “They’d already sold out the whole tour and wanted to take a band they really liked instead of someone just to help boost ticket sales.” Touring across Europe, the singer noticed vast differences in the crowds versus the States. “Metal is huge over there so they’re way more receptive. Some nights we were playing in front of 15,000 people and I doubt that very many of them had already heard of us. But night after night we were well-received. I think fans over there have a more versatile taste in music. In the U.S. kids are too cliquish. Too quick to talk shit to someone at a Converge show wearing like a Disturbed shirt or whatever,” Puciato laments. After coming back to the States, Dillinger was made an offer that they could, in fact, refuse. “Papa Roach wanted us to open for them. We had to pass that one up,” he says matter-of-factly. “But more than anything, we couldn’t afford it. A lot of the bigger tours require a buy-in. I think they wanted like $75,000 to go on tour with them. Ozzfest was the same thing. All second-stage bands except [headlining act] Cradle of Filth had to pay to play on that tour.” Dillinger’s latest tour puts them on the road with Your Enemies‚ Friends and The Locust. The 40-plus date outing kicks off the 14th and comes through Indianapolis on the 18th at the Emerson Theater. What can fans expect from the next Dillinger album? “The guys have gotten better with time. There’s more input from the total band instead of just a couple of the guys doing all the writing. There’s a bigger well of creativity to draw from. Some parts will remind you of typical Dillinger but there is some crazier shit on there, too, stuff you could compare to Massive Attack, Aphex Twin and Nine Inch Nails, especially the Fragile album.”
WHO: The Dillinger Escape Plan, The Locust, Your Enemies Friends WHERE: The Emerson Theater, 4634 E. 10th St., 357-0239 WHEN: Sunday, Jan. 18, 8 p.m. TICKETS: $12 at the door

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