Band of the Day: The Dillinger Escape Plan

Posted: June 6, 2014 in Band of the Day
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Few bands make music as fearlessly inventive nor as jaw droppingly intense as the Dillinger Escape Plan. The band who created and defined mathcore in a single record (Calculating Infinity), and since then have implemented so many strings to their bow its difficult to tell where they can go from here. From dazzling cosmic ‘mathprog’ (Miss Machine’) through accessibility (Ire Works) and to last year’s culmination of all their elements (One of Us is the Killer), Dillinger are a staggering proposition.

The first time I ever heard Dillinger was ‘43% Burnt’ from ‘Calculating Infinity’. I remember it clearly, because it was one of the most ‘what the fuck is that?’ moments of my entire musical journey through life. My ex was into them and inroduced me to ‘Miss Machine’, an album that I now love so much I silently thank her everytime it comes on. Miss Machine is a much easier place to start than Calculating Infinity. If you appreciate Dillinger’s newer stuff, Calculating Infinity provides the highlight. If you’re new to the band, Miss Machine is where to start. Hit single ‘Unretrofied’ aside, it has amazing songs like ‘Van Damsel’, ‘Panasonic Youth’ and my personal favourite ‘Setting Fire To Sleeping Giants’.

I’ve had the pleasure of seeing Dillinger twice live, and their live show is all you’ve heard and more. They headlined at the Garage in an unhinged display of ferocity and acrobatics. They supported Mastodon in a dream double headliner slot at the Barrowlands and were again magnificent. They’ve managed to pull out instant classic after instant classic on record, and doing so without sacrificing any of their brutality or jazz influence. Horns fucking up motherfucker!


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