If you’ve been a longtime RRS reader, you may remember one of our very first video interviews ever, done back in 2009 with RX Bandits. That one — filled with cheap beer and long talks of Fugazi — was conducted a few months before Mandala came out. And since it’s already been four years, we felt it necessary to do a follow-up.
“We hear about these books, like the Motley Crue book… so what, man,” says Ben Weinman. “We have stories that will make that look like shit.”
It’s a hot spring day outside Chain Reaction in Anaheim and The Dillinger Escape Plan guitarist Ben Weinman is talking crazy things he’s seen on tour. From fans drinking bottles of spit for vinyl records to hippies having sex onstage at festivals, Weinman’s tales are wild and extreme.
“We need five minutes,” says Liam Cormier to the impatient valet, who’s trying to kick us out of the lot behind The Roxy. The cars are starting to roll in for tonight’s show with Kvelertak and Cancer Bats, and the dudes at the valet booth are eager to collect their tips. “Five minutes!” one shouts, tossing around a ring full of keys in his right hand.
“It’s sketchy back here,” says Jonny Craig as he steps out of his van to scope the dark alley. We’re in the middle of California’s High Desert in a narrow loading dock behind the venue that stretches nearly a football field long. Aside from faint lights glimmering by the old train tracks a couple hundred feet away, everything is pitch black, and cold winds are nearing 40 mph. “Can I get a rundown of these questions?” he asks in a paranoid tone, suspicious of our release form. “I don’t sign just anything.”
“You let your hair grow out,” says Andy Williams as we soundcheck for the interview. “You look like a fucking hippie.”