Long-gestating supergroup Giraffe Tongue Orchestra is fronted by a thespian.
Actress Juliette Lewis was believed to be a guest on the band’s upcoming studio debut, but is, in fact, the group’s lead singer.
Ben Weinman of the Dillinger Escape Plan revealed the news to Jose Mangin, the happy-go-lucky dude who helms SiriusXM’s Liquid Metal.
Ben also said new Dillinger is in the works.
Giraffe Tongue Orchestra also includes Mastodon’s Brent Hinds, Dethklok’s Pete Griffin and former Mars Volta drummer Thomas Pridgen.
“Well actually, there have been some personnel changes throughout the years, it’s something we’ve been working on for a long time and interestingly enough we finished all the music and we’re finalizing all the vocals now, Juliette Lewis is singing on the project right now along with some other guest people,” Weinman said.
“…Me and her have become pretty close friends and she’s amazing, obviously I’m a huge fan of her work as an actress and many years ago I saw her band Juliette and the Licks play and like most people I was pretty skeptical. I’m like, ‘Oh another actress or actor that has a band, like vanity project blah, blah, blah.’ So I went into the show and I basically saw somebody that gave 110 percent. By the end of the show she was drenched in sweat, she was throwing herself into the crowd, and when I thought about it I saw this person putting all her energy and spirit into this music, I thought this was almost more real that most bands because she doesn’t need this.
“She doesn’t need to be playing in front of 500 people on this shitty ugly club, you know? She’s a successful actress–she did a 9-minute-long acting scene with Robert DeNiro for god sakes. And here she is by choice in a grungy club with a dirty toilet just putting everything into it, so when we were thinking about singers and people to collaborate, all of a sudden I was like ‘You know what? I think that could be cool.’ So I reached out to her and we started working together and it’s been really cool.”
Weinman said that Giraffe Tongue Orchestra’s debut will be released by Party Smasher Inc.
Also, Dillinger Escape Plan is busy pulling together some new songs.
“Oh man, we got new music slamming right now. I was just working on it now, it’s brutal. The songs we’re working on right now are super heavy and just dirty, and of course there will be all the diversity people expect on a Dillinger record, but what I’m working on right now is just straight up in your face, rip your fucking head off shit, I’m really excited. I think I actually just knocked over my keyboard because I was so excited.”
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