DEP’s Weinman Talks ‘Shrooms, New Album

Ben Weinman

In a new interview with the good dudes at MetalInsider, The Dillinger Escape Plan guitarist Ben Weinman expressed what I can only interpret to be embarrassment by frontman Greg Puciato’s recent trip down Mushroom Lane.

“I actually talked to [Greg] last night,” says Weinman. “He was like, ‘Wow there was a lot of press about that…that’s crazy.’ I said ‘Look, you gotta realize, I might be in Jersey in my basement writing the record and you’re out in Hollywood hanging out and experimenting and figuring out what you want to do with your life and how you want to do it and exploring your creativity and that’s great. But you’ve got to realize you’re the frontman and you’re the image of what this band is, not me in the basement working my ass off on riffs with a pot of coffee with a lot of fucking excitement and passion without any care for what’s around me.”

Damn, dude. I like that work ethic.

“You gotta realize if you put a fucking Mercedes in a shitty fucking Pinto shell, everyone is just going to see a shitty Pinto shell. They are not going to see the core of what went into that fucking machine…’”

Weinman also discussed his band Giraffe Tongue Orchestra, which features members of Mastodon and Mars Volta, along with former Jane’s Addiction bassist Eric Avery.

“We have like five pretty solid demos, so it’s starting to get pretty heavy. It goes in and out of us being pretty productive and us being really busy. Brent [Hinds] is obviously in the middle of a touring cycle with Mastodon and I’ve been back and forth doing Dillinger stuff and working on other projects, working on a movie, all kinds of stuff. I go out with Mastodon in a couple weeks so we’ll probably work more up there. Me and Eric have been swapping files. I spent time with John Theodore who is the drummer. He also plays with Zack de la Rocha and One Day as a Lion. He also used to be in The Mars Volta.”

And as for the new Dillinger record, Weinman said, “Yeah, me and Billy [Rymer] our drummer have been working on it. I don’t even think the whole band has heard it yet, any of the stuff. I’m just excited because this is the most exciting time. Up until now, I always feel like I can never start Dillinger stuff. I’m just like ‘I can’t do another record, that’s it I’m done, I don’t have any more Dillinger in me.’ Then there’s that first spark and then all of a sudden, ‘Ohhh…that is some sauce!’ Then all of a sudden, ‘Wait, I’m getting a tingle from this one…oh yeah oh yeah’ and I just get completely excited and me and Billy are down there just getting pumped and it’s a really exciting time because that creative spark is the best thing in my life.”

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