As an avid fan of seven years since Option Paralysis, I’ve seen The Dillinger Escape Plan as one of the greatest, and most invigorating forces to ever be reckoned with in the entire world of music. Whether it be maniacal onstage antics, or a frenzy of frantic fretwork in their tracks to cause utter mayhem, they’ve had a way to wow audiences and inspire the aspired for twenty years. With all of this coming to a heartbreaking and highly artistic conclusion, The Dillinger Escape Plan promised to give Australia one more round of shows before all the good things come to an end. As I had been witnessing five of the eight shows that were locked in for their final Australian tour, I decided to share my thoughts on their last Melbourne show, to see exactly what was going to make this gig stand out from the rest.
Joining the boys as their only support act, were Melbournian alternative proggers Closure In Moscow, who have been praised by Dillinger bassist Liam Wilson in the past. Having seen Closure In Moscow many of times, I had been anticipating a good show from the quintet. Luckily, that wish was granted, as they delivered a highly groovy and rocking juxtaposition towards the crowd, who just so happened to be enjoying every minute of the group. Opening with Afterbirth, followed by a plethora of outstanding pieces such as Reindeer Age and Pink Lemonade, Closure In Moscow had no trouble keeping their audience enticed by their signature tones.
But, when Dillinger Escape Plan jumped into the scene with Prancer, ALL HELL BROKE LOOSE. The entire band, as they usually do, defied all boundaries and turned the Corner Hotel into a war zone. From waterfalls of crowdsurfers to multiple crashes in the pit, the patrons of the Corner were under a spell that could not be broken. With Greg Puciato and co. swinging themselves all around onstage, jumping off multiple times into the crowd and sharing the microphone around with patrons diving towards them in the pit.
Other fan favourite songs such as When I Lost My Bet, Black Bubblegum and The Mullet Burden would set a single fan off in a flash. Dillinger were able to orchestrate the crowd into doing whatever the hell they wanted throughout the entirety of their set. Fans would jump straight off the middle of the Corner Hotel’s pole and into the crowd and surf, and reach for Greg to get the opportunity to scream into the mic with him. Not a single note went dull from the stringsmen Ben and Kevin, and Billy Rymer’s drumming was executed in the most maniacal way possible.
Having seen Dillinger many times, I’ve always been stunned by how incredible they’ve always been as a live band. But not only that, the quality they bring from the studio onto the stage is in a league of its own and makes them stand out different from a majority of those that have been able to follow the band’s footsteps for quite some time. To say The Dillinger Escape Plan’s final Melbourne show was perfection would only be a fraction of what the night was like. But what I can most definitely say is, they made their last ever Melbourne show, the most intense, and the most unforgettable that will never be matched by any other show one might see of another entity as powerful as The Dillinger Escape Plan.
Photos By JOSE SANCHEZ