Ben Weinman has announced that his band the Dillinger Escape Plan will be going on an extended hiatus following the release of a new record. The announcement was made as part of an interview with Vice Magazine’s Noisey. The new record will be titled Dissassociation, and will be released October 14th through Weinman’s own Party Smashers Inc. as well as Cooking Vinyl America.
From the Noisey interview:
Well, I think in some ways we wanted 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.
We are going to do the cycle for this album and that’s it. But there are a lot of things that go into this cycle. We have a full US tour that we’ll be doing in the fall and then we’ll be doing a massive tour in Europe in the winter, and that will probably take us towards playing other areas like Australia or wherever we have to hit. Then I’m sure we’ll come back around and hit summer festivals and figure out what our very last shows will be around that time.
Weinman will be releasing a record next month with supergroup Giraffe Tongue Orchestra, featuring members of Alice in Chains, the Mars Volta, and Mastodon. Catch the Dillinger Escape Plan on the road now in Canada and the US before their US tour this fall.