The discovery of a new band is always exciting. Will it be something you’ve heard countless times? An experience that leaves a bad taste in your mouth? Or is it a treat from which you cannot stop consuming? I wanted to take a trip back in time to reminisce about bands/albums that not only introduced me to heavy music, but kept me coming back for more…
From The Archive: The Dillinger Escape Plan w/Mike Patton – Irony Is A Dead Scene
The last time I spoke about these guys was back in November of 2010, where I discussed my love for their self-titled EP. Now I must return to this band of mischief makers simply because they are not only a gnarly band, but for a short period of time, combined their forces with one of the most legendary voices in music history. The sheer manic nature of both these parties coming together and making music is simply a treat for ones ears and mind. They only released an EP, but the 4 tracks contained within were enough to create an everlasting impact…
The Dillinger Escape Plan
= a match made in musical heaven
It all began with the release of the amazing album Calculating Infinity and from that point on the wheels were in motion. The album was meet with critical acclaim from both the underground and the mainstream press, but more importantly, it got the attention of former Faith No More vocalist Mike Patton, who then asked The Dillinger Escape Plan to go on tour with his other band Mr. Bungle. After months of successful touring, the band parted ways with their bassist Jeff Wood, and later that same year their original vocalist Dimitri Minakakis (still my favorite) took his leave from the band. So with that, The Dillinger Escape Plan were now in search for a suitable replacement which lead to a nationwide search via their website, inviting vocalists to record and submit their own vocal tracks to an instrumental version of “43% Burnt”.
While the search went on, vocal duties were handled by a number of friends, including Sean Ingram of Coalesce and Mike Patton, with whom the band already had plans to record and produce an EP with. So as the search continued and the occasional show was played (where Greg Puciato of Error eventually took the spot of frontman), they began collaborating with Patton on what was to become one of the best EPs ever to be recorded, Irony Is A Dead Scene, which boasted 4 tracks of technical insanity.
It’s obvious to see the appreciation/interest Patton had with The Dillinger Escape Plan, so combining both of their musical antics was sure to be a treat. And sure enough, it’s quickly evident from the moment you start the EP, these guys were meant to work together. Continuing from where Calculating Infinity left off, the music is pure Dillinger, spastic, yet oh so technical. The intensity is instant, no breaks, no breather, your instantly thrown into a gauntlet of twists and turns with each one being more intense than the last. Then you couple that with Patton’s screaming of “Game over, I win, Game over, you win” over and over again like a raving lunatic and you might as well just change your underwear, because it’s going to be soiled. The diversity of Mike Patton’s vocals, with his screams, shrieks, raps and his fast stuttering of words just meshes so well with the music. But with the upmost ease, The Dillinger Escape Plan equally match Patton’s diverse nature, as they shred through the song with their all out speed and time signature shifts. Amongst the insanity, they manage to calm the song down a bit while Patton provides more subdued, albeit deranged vocal harmonies which then culminates to the spastic finale where the final scream of “YEAH!” brings it to a close.
The oddball of the EP (not including the cover of “Come To Daddy”), “Pig Latin” starts off with sort of a latin-inspired guitar part with Patton whispering words along to the melody. Then the well-crafted verse kicks in, all violent, swift and hectic with the placing of odd rhythms in a standard 4/4 time. The ending takes a mellow route with deep chants of “Freedom” from Patton and some other choice words that are best left for the listener to hear. We then return to the latin-inspired guitar intro that perfectly bookends the song.
Now we come to the the most epically chaotic track on this EP, “When Good Dogs Do Bad Things”. By far my favorite on the EP, this terrifying and brutal track encompasses the Dillinger sound and the deranged screeching of Patton. The song seems to go by at breakneck speed, with ridiculous time signatures that urge you to try and keep up with them, but if you manage to hang in there you will be rewarded with the best part of the song, and easily the greatest moment of the entire EP. Shortly after 2 minutes of chaos, the song comes to a slower, more sinister tone complete with vocals to match. In fact, it’s so damn good that I’d rather you hear it for yourself so you can (hopefully) get the same reaction I did when I first heard it.
So suffice to say, I love this EP. Shame it’s only 4 tracks, as I crave a full-length release from these fine gentlemen (wait, that sounds a bit dirty). I know it’s wishful thinking for these guys to collaborate again, as I’m sure it would no doubt be a glorious masterpiece of music, but if all we have is this EP, than consider myself content. I urge anyone who is a fan of The Dillinger Escape Plan, Mike Patton and/or just sheer insanity when it comes to music, to treat themselves to this EP.
The Dillinger Escape Plan – “When Good Dogs Do Bad Things”