Tomorrow, the final album from The Dillinger Escape Plan, Dissociation, will be released. Or will it? That’s not to say that Dissociation isn’t coming out tomorrow, it is. It’s stellar, and you should pick it up. The point is that it might not be the last music we ever hear from DEP. A lengthy interview with UK outlet Independent ends with an intriguing bit of information, namely that the band initially planned on making Dissociation a double album, and that material recorded for it will be released at some point.
For the first time, Dillinger wrote and recorded far more material than has ended up on the record and Weinman is adamant that these songs will see the light of day at some point. Plans to release all the material as a double album were scrapped early on in the interests of making a cohesive album rather than simply throwing everything the band had available in to the mix. ‘I don’t know why but I still really like the idea of an album as something that you can take the songs out of context and have them still make sense but they actually make more sense as a whole,’ says Greg. ‘That’s still really appealing to me artistically. I like things that have layers to them and I feel like you have to give people the option to look for those things if they want to. You can still enjoy it if you’re not looking for that, but if people do choose to go down the rabbit-hole, we want to provide those layers.’
Who knows when the other material will be released? It’s really kind of irrelevant right now, as there’s a whole new album to digest that’s out tomorrow. As far as the band going out on top, both Greg Puciato and Ben Weinman spoke about retiring the band in the article. Here’s what Weinman says:
‘The truth is, as you grow older, you’re able to produce material even more honestly because you’re looking introspectively more’, says Ben. ‘It’s much less, ‘You did this to me’ and more ‘I did this to me!’ That’s the difference between being an adult and a kid; it’s taking responsibility for your own actions. We’re growing and realising that we don’t want to be a parody of what we’re supposed to be as a heavy band or extreme band; that’s really important to us and that’s one of the reasons why we feel like this is a good time to close the book. This is where we’ve been trying to get our whole lives, this is the point you strive to get to when you start being an artist.
Here’s what Puciato says:
‘We want people to feel like they witnessed something special, rather than it carrying on until it just turns into a f**king parody’ says Greg. ‘I don’t want to hear anyone ever say that none of us could hack it anymore, or that the last four albums were awful, or have no-one come to the shows; no one wants to see that. There’s more power in being able to say, ‘this was our artistic statement, and now that’s it!’ If you let it just run and run, you become a theatre production, you’re just an off-broadway version of Cats that never f**king ends! I don’t think that there’s any real value in doing that. You’re wasting your life at that point, you don’t know what you would do honestly or artistically anymore, or you’re too scared to find out because you’re dragging this f**king corpse around. So many bands are just putting on this costume of their younger selves and trying to flog it. We’ve never approached it that way, we’re just not that band, the only way to finish this correctly is to do it in a way that has a definitive end.’
Dissociation is out tomorrow, and you can pre-order the CD for only $7.99 via Amazon.