THE DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN has been a juggernaut since their inception in 1997. With their appeal to music lovers of many varieties and tastes, their unparalleled live performances, their awards and accolades and their ultra-loyal legion of fans, they have made an indelible mark on the world of rock music.
The band has put out five studio albums, four EPs that included a #1 on Billboard Heatseekers chart and a #4 on Billboard Indie charts. They have been winners of The Golden Gods’ Best Underground Band, Kerrang!’s Inspiration Award and Relentless Award as well as a VH1 Most Influential Guitarist award. Their most recent configuration includes original member, guitarist, songwriter and label-head Ben Weinman; long time lead vocalist and lyricist, Greg Puciato; long time bassist Liam Wilson; drummer Billy Rymer and brand new guitarist, Kevin Antreassian. Antreassian entered the fold when James Love exited. He had been a guitar student of Weinman’s and his fate was put in Rymer’s hands “I told him he would have to try out like everyone else and Billy was going to be the judge. Not me. I figured I put Billy through so much hell when he was trying out that he would run Kevin through the ringer. The rest is history.”
Their sound is unlike that of any other band, but that has been the inspiration for many that have followed. The New York Times described it best when they said, “If you really want to know these songs — metal through the jazz-rock filter of Allan Holdsworth and Mahavishnu Orchestra — you have to listen repeatedly and concentrate. Increasingly it’s a composer’s music…a haywire, acrobatic combustion that occurs in almost every song.”