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The Dillinger Escape Plan
Fri, May 26, 2017
Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pmThe Bomb Factory
This event is all ageshttp://www.thebombfactory.com/event/1436433/
For a band so heavily identified with the Seattle scene, its ironic that two of its founding members were from the Midwest. Kim Thayil (guitar), Hiro Yamamoto (bass), and Bruce Pavitt were all friends in Illinois who decided to head to Olympia, WA, to attend college after high-school graduation in 1981. Though none of the three completed college, all of them became involved in the Washington underground music scene. Pavitt was the only one who didn't play -- he founded a fanzine that later became the Sub Pop record label. Yamamoto played in several cover bands before forming a band in 1984 with his roommate Chris Cornell (vocals), a Seattle native who had previously played drums in several bands. Thayil soon joined the duo and the group named itself Soundgarden after a local Seattle sculpture. Scott Sundquist originally was the band's drummer, but he was replaced by Matt Cameron in 1986. Over the next two years, Soundgarden gradually built up a devoted cult following through their club performances.
Pavitt signed Soundgarden to his fledgling Sub Pop label in the summer of 1987, releasing the single "Hunted Down" before the EP Screaming Life appeared later in the year. Screaming Life and the group's second EP, 1988's FOPP, became underground hits and earned the attention of several major labels. The band decided to sign to SST instead of a major, releasing Ultramega OK by the end of 1988. Ultramega OK received strong reviews among alternative and metal publications, and the group decided to make the leap to a major for its next album, 1989's Louder Than Love. Released on A&M Records, Louder Than Love became a word-of-mouth hit, earning positive reviews from mainstream publications, peaking at 108 on the charts, and earning a Grammy nomination. Following the album's fall 1989 release, Yamamoto left the band to return to school. Jason Everman, a former guitarist for Nirvana, briefly played with the band before Ben Shepherd joined in early 1990.
Soundgarden's third album, 1991's Badmotorfinger, was heavily anticipated by many industry observers as a potential breakout hit. Though it was a significant hit, reaching number 39 on the album charts, its success was overshadowed by the surprise success of Nirvana's Nevermind, which was released the same month as Badmotorfinger. Prior to Nevermind, Soundgarden had been marketed by A&M as a metal band, and the group had agreed to support Guns N' Roses on the fall 1991 Lose Your Illusion tour. While the tour did help sales, Soundgarden benefited primarily from the grunge explosion, whose media attention helped turn the band into stars. The band was also helped by the Top Ten success of Temple of the Dog, a tribute to deceased Mother Love Bone singer Andrew Wood that Cornell and Cameron recorded with members of Pearl Jam.
By the spring release of 1994's Superunknown, Soundgarden's following had grown considerably, which meant that the album debuted at number one upon its release. (A year before its release, Shepherd and Cameron released an eponymous album by their side project, Hater.) Superunknown became one of the most popular records of 1994, generating a genuine crossover hit with "Black Hole Sun," selling over three million copies and earning two Grammys. Soundgarden returned in 1996 with Down on the Upside, which entered the charts at number two. Despite the record's strong initial sales, it failed to generate a big hit, and was hurt by grunge's fading popularity. Soundgarden retained a sizable audience -- the album did go platinum, and they were co-headliners on the sixth Lollapalooza -- but they didn't replicate the blockbuster success of Superunknown. After completing an American tour following Lollapalooza that was plagued by rumors of internal fighting, Soundgarden announced that they were breaking up on April 9, 1997, to pursue other interests.
During the late '90s and 2000s, each member kept very busy. Cornell released three solo albums, also recording and touring as Audioslave with former members of Rage Against the Machine. Cameron toured his Wellwater Conspiracy project, and also played and recorded with Smashing Pumpkins and Pearl Jam. Thayil collaborated with a wide range of artists, including Cameron, Dave Grohl, Steve Fisk, and Boris. Meanwhile, Shepherd helped out with Wellwater Conspiracy, and also played and recorded with Mark Lanegan of Screaming Trees. Finally, in 2010, the band announced a reunion with a few live shows during the summer (including that year's edition of Lollapalooza) which preceded a compilation, Telephantasm, in the fall. Telephantasm was initially available as a double-disc set on September 28, with a single-disc version appearing a week later (the single disc was also included via Guitar Hero on September 28). In 2011, Soundgarden released their first live album, Live on I5, which featured material recorded during the band's touring for Down on the Upside." - Stephen Thomas Erlewine, AllMusicGuide
The press reaction was swift and unanimous. Big Cheese called it "a masterpiece in the art of heavy rock music" and Terrorizer emphasized the "greatness" of The Dillinger Escape Plan (both 5/5 reviews). Critics declared the band "leaders in a genre of precisely one" (Metal Hammer, 9/10); "enduringly peerless" (Rock Sound); "firing on cylinders, just as urgent as ever" (AP); "operating at the peak of their powers" (Kerrang!); "[every album] a carefully calculated masterpiece" (Metal Injection). Pitchfork offered an exclusive stream of OOUITK during release week.
The shock and awe of the band's performance at Revolver's Golden Gods Awards solidified the reputation TDEP maintains as perhaps the most formidable heavy music band on the planet. Kerrang! awarded the band's most recent sold-out show in London a KKKKK review. Metallica invited The Dillinger Escape Plan to play at their Orion Music festival. They are veterans of Coachella, Bonnaroo, Soundwave, Reading et al.
One of Us is the Killer was the second album issued through the band's own imprint, Party Smasher Inc., this time in partnership with Sumerian Records (Animals As Leaders, †††) and BMG worldwide, including licensing deals with Grind House (Helmet, Funeral For A Friend) in Japan and Remote Control (Radiohead, Vampire Weekend) in Australia.
The latest Dillinger Escape Plan album was recorded in Southern California with longtime producer Steve Evetts (Glassjaw, The Cure).
Dillinger's mind-bending meld of metal, rock, experimental ambience and melody first reared its head with a 6-track EP on hardcore indie Now Or Never Records, quickly followed by Under the Running Board EP on Relapse. The band earned a reputation as a fearless act on the live stage, committing their minds, bodies and spirits to the exhibition and visceral release of performance and often brutalizing stages, gear and themselves along the way. Calculating Infinity became the gold standard for the emerging "math-core"/"math-metal" movement, earning a place in author Martin Popoff's "Top 500 Heavy Metal Albums of All Time." Kerrang! included it in the "100 Best Rock Albums of All Time" and later presented the band with their Spirit of Independence Award.
Mike Patton invited The Dillinger Escape Plan on tour with Mr. Bungle, which eventually resulted in the collaborative EP on Epitaph, Irony is a Dead Scene. The band's second full-length album, Miss Machine, blew the doors open, cementing TDEP's legacy around the world. The album's songs began the creative partnership between co-founder/songwriter Ben Weinman and singer Greg Puciato, both of them joined on the road for many months preceding the record by longtime bassist Liam Wilson.
Intense physical performer Weinman was named one of Spin's 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time, AP's Top 10 Guitar Slingers and Guitar World's Top 25 Cult Guitarists. Puciato, whose similarly uncompromising presence and versatile vocal ability knows few boundaries, was #1 on Metal Sucks' Top 25 Modern Metal Frontmen and included in Revolver's Greatest Metal Frontmen of All Time.
Ire Works precipitated The Dillinger Escape Plan's national TV debut on Late Night with Conan O'Brien, as well as multiple international tours. At Soundwave, Nine Inch Nails invited them on-stage to perform "Wish."
The band's collaborative nature persists, with members of Dillinger forming "super-group" projects like Giraffe Tongue Orchestra and Killer Be Killed, with musicians from bands like Jane's Addiction, Deftones, Mastodon, Sepultura, The Mars Volta, Queens of the Stone Age and many more, both on-stage and off. Weinman is a film composer, sought after remixer and co-writer/performer for artists as diverse as Kimbra and Wyclef. He's spoken to students at Loyola University and was featured on the cover of Guitar World. Puciato's band The Black Queen features producer Josh Eustis, touring guitarist of Nine Inch Nails. He's guested with Deftones, Brazilian EDM act Mixhell and metal merchants Soulfly.
Option Paralysis arrived through Party Smasher Inc. not long before Revolver gave them an award for "Best Underground Band" and VH1's Metal Evolution declared them "The World's Most Dangerous Band." In Spin's review, they noted the band "have been the metal standard-bearers of dizzying, time signature torture" combined with their ventures into "NIN-damaged, alt-rock superhero fantasies" and "Lollapalooza-era treat[s]," highlighting Puciato's ability to maneuver from "sensitive-to-seething-to-soaring… to the harrowing edge."
One of Us is the Killer showcases Weinman, Puciato, Wilson (whose skills saw him featured on the cover of Bass Player) and drummer Billy Rymer (a highly-regarded player and teacher who once faced off against Mike Portnoy in a friendly "Drum Fight") in top form, emphasizing the band's fierce independence, staunch individualism and loyalty to a artistic unique vision that has long followed them on-stage and off.
Ben Weinman – Guitars
Greg Puciato – Vocals
Liam Wilson – Bass
Billy Rymer – Drums
James Love – Guitar
The Bomb Factory
2713 Canton Street
Dallas, TX, 75226