If we didn’t make it clearer last time, we’re gonna do so once more to make sure everyone reading this is convinced about the following statement – New Jersey-based quintet The Dillinger Escape Plan, who are currently in town, are performing their definite final tour for Australia. So, unless you listen to us as to why you have to go, you’re going to miss not only one of the greatest shows you’ll ever witness with your very own eyes and ears, you will miss your chance of being part of history in the massive legacy and the abundance of inspiration they’ve had on their trail for the last twenty years. So, if the last five reasons weren’t good enough for you, let’s give you another five and see if you change your mind!
THEIR FINAL AUSTRALIAN SHOW OF THE TOUR (AND EVER, WILL ALSO BE THE VENUE’S LAST EVER CONCERT.
No, it’s true. Brisbane’s Max Watts (formerly known as The HiFi) is set to close down permanently at the end of the month, and the last show that was locked in for October was coincidentally, The Dillinger Escape Plan. As an emotional send-off for two great entities, this will most definitely be the most memorable one for any Australian crowd to ever behold. There are still plenty of tickets available for Brisbane, so if you’re willing to book a flight and travel, it’ll be well worth the money you spend (and that’s not just the ticket to the gig).
DILLINGER HAVE HAD A RICH HISTORY OF IMMACULATE SHOWS IN AUSTRALIA.
Dillinger’s first tour dates back to 2004, where they performed in a number of hotel venues, including the Corner Hotel in Melbourne and Fowler’s Live in Adelaide, where the band will be enacting their maniacal madness in those cities, one last time. Critics have constantly praised Dillinger for their onstage antics from fire-breathing to destroying drumkits, to jumping off from the ceilings, to anything you can think of. Not only that, their festival appearances at the now-defunct Soundwave Festival made them out to be one of the festival’s most favourite bands to book. In fact, vocalist Greg Puciato and guitarist Ben Weinman were personally invited by Nine Inch Nails (who influenced Dillinger, and are personal fans of the band) to perform Wish onstage at Soundwave in 2009. Overall, Dillinger have visited the country eight times, and they’re about to make their ninth their final, just like a cat’s nine lives. Not to mention the fact that they just made their debut in Hobart tore the roof off the Odeon Theatre.
THEY HAVE INFLUENCED MORE BANDS THAN YOU CAN NAME.
They may not be like The Melvins or Bad Brains, but in a couple of years, The Dillinger Escape Plan will be remembered in the same way those bands were. Carrying diverse elements of metalcore, prog, noise, experimental, punk and even pop and electronic music, Dillinger’s superiority in quality was derived by letting every single thing they listened to inspire them in any way, shape or form. Bands and musicians that have been influenced by Dillinger include Periphery, Despised Icon, Architects, Bring Me the Horizon, Enter Shikari, Every Time I Die, The Fall of Troy and many, many more. Might I mention again, that Kirk Hammett of Metallica stated himself that he’s a big fan of these guys? Another thing to add, is guitarist Ben Weinman’s independent label “Party Smasher Inc.” supports lesser known bands that have been influenced by the likes of Dillinger, and give them a haven for inspiration, dedicated creations and a lot more.
THEY WON THE AIM AWARD FOR ‘OUTSTANDING CONTRIBUTION TO MUSIC.’
The UK-based company Association of Independent Music (or AIM) represent the independent marketing of music from all around the world. Considering the company has relations with artists including Arctic Monkeys, Adele and The White Stripes, as well as giving awards to Swans, Young Fathers and Flying Lotus for the work they had created, that is really big in itself. AIM Awards Judge Merlin Alderslade said at the event: “The AIM awards are about recognising music crafted in the true spirit of independence” and “The Dillinger Escape Plan have trail-blazed their way through an incredible career that has united alternative music fans from all walks of life”.
DILLINGER HAVE PROVEN TO BE THE ULTIMATE EXAMPLE OF WHAT BEING A BAND IS ABOUT.
“If you’re a painter, you don’t just paint until you run out of paint. You don’t just paint until your arm falls off. You make a decision that at some point in time, you make the final brushstroke.” – Greg Puciato
Many believe a band has to have some kind of formula to their name and style. For Dillinger, they’ve always been about avoiding the skepticism of sticking to the rules and boundaries. Instead, they’ve remained true to themselves and to their entire fan base across the world. Nothing in their music or live performances has ever been contrived. In fact, Dillinger never knew what was going to come out of each song they constructed and show they recited. Everything in their style was about being spontaneous and letting themselves be impulsive, instead of just looking at what everyone else was doing in each trend that was going on. They knew when they had reached the pinnacle of their art, and that was when “Dissociation” stepped in as their final record. And when it came to live shows, no one, and not even the band themselves knew what the hell was going to happen at each show. Those two examples right there are the perfect specimens of what the perception of artistry has always been about, and Dillinger have done it better than anyone else could ever hope to achieve.
If you’re convinced now, there are strictly limited tickets for shows in Perth, Adelaide and Brisbane. Whether you’re local or from another city which has sold out, get your hands on those tickets as soon as possible, and become a part of history.