DEP’s Ben Weinman Teams With Wyclef Jean For Voting Clip

Ben Weinman

What an unlikely pair?

At the end of this post, you can see a video featuring the Dillinger Escape Plan guitarist and band leader Ben Weinman and a weebly, wobbly Wyclef Jean of Fugees fame. I wanna know who orchestrated this pairing?

In other news, Weinman just completed the original score for the upcoming feature film “The Morris Family Abduction.” Predominately written in the bluegrass style, Weinman says, “Writing this music has been some of the most challenging as well as rewarding material I have ever had to produce. When the films director asked me to work with him I just assumed he wanted me to lay down some avant-garde creepy thing.” He adds, “Initially I wasn’t a fan of the genre (blue grass), but then after researching banjo technique and listening to as much of the music as I could, I realized just how amazing it was.”

Weinman’s side project Giraffe Tongue Orchestra, which also boasts Mastodon’s Brent Hinds, former Jane’s Addiction bassist Eric Avery and former The Mars Volta drummer Jon Theodore, have recorded six songs while Avery wraps up a leg of touring with Garbage. A vocalist has yet to be undisclosed for the project.

Additionally, Weinman is now putting the finishing touches on writing and pre-production for what will be Dillinger’s fifth studio album, which will be recorded with producer Steve Evetts this November.

“This new material is very punk, very hardcore influenced. Maybe it’s all the amazing bands reuniting from my youth that is inspiring this,” says Ben. “Billy and I have just been listening to old hardcore records blasting through my house and then going down to the dungeon and just bashing.”

Weinman adds: “Greg (Puciato) also seems to be in a very dark place lyrically. I think it’s going to be pretty creepy. If these songs don’t put some holes in the wall I don’t know what will.”

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