Say it ain’t so! After 19 years of being a band, The Dillinger Escape Plan announced that next year will be their last.
Guitarist Ben Weinman told Noisey,
Well, I think in some ways we didn’t want to pull a Seinfeld and go out while we’re still on top, 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. Who knows if that would ever happen, but I feel way more empowered in making hard decisions. I don’t like the idea of slowing down or doing it less often, I like to just dive in full-force and take things to the extreme because that’s what this band has always been about.
The Dillinger Escape Plan released their first EP in 1997. They’re currently set to release their sixth studio record, Dissociation, on October 14th via their own Party Smasher label.
As far as when the band’s last performance will be, it’ll likely be later next year. The group will be doing the album cycle for Dissociation which will presumably run through summer 2017.
[O]ne of the reasons to stop now is because it’s great to still feel that way and control our destiny.