The Dillinger Escape Plan guitarist Ben Weinman has sat down with May The Rock Be With You, to talk about the bands’ plans for the future, as well as the progress on his long awaited collaborative project with Faith No More frontman Mike Patton. You can read a couple of excerpts from the chat below.
In regard to how the last year has been for The Dillinger Escape Plan, the guitarist said, “It’s been unbelievable, I don’t think we’ve ever had this many opportunities in our whole career as we have this year to get in front of so many of our fans and in front of new people. So it’s been a very productive year in that way for sure!”
Weinman also revealed that the band are in the very early stages of writing their follow up album to ‘Option Paralysis.’ “Well we’ve been messing around with a few ideas in the tour bus, but it’s really starting tonight when we will dive into it and get some new ideas going.”
The guitarist added that as far as a direction for the album goes, “You know, we never really go into writing a new record with any big picture, we definitely start making songs that we want and that we are interested in. After it’s all done, then it’s real easy to look at the body of work and say it’s pretty obvious where we’ve been as a band and personally has had an effect on the way that this record sounds. We can definitely hear it on our past records and I know it when I listen back to it that it’s obvious what was going through our heads and happening in our lives and the effect it had on the record. But we never dive into it with a big picture saying we want the album to sound like “this”, it’s about recording something that we enjoy and feel good about it.”
Though Weinman remained tight-lipped about the collaborative project featuring, himself and Mike Patton, it seems that finally, there is some progress being made. “It’s something we’ve talked about for many years and we have always said it has to happen and we’ve always said we have to get together and work again. While we agreed it wouldn’t make sense to do it from a Dillinger stand point as Greg’s our singer now and we’ve been working together for many years, Mike and I realized after we did the collaboration it definitely made sense to keep doing things creatively. It’s in its early stages, but there’s actual music files being sent back and forth. But that’s really going to be based upon time and what we’ve both got going on, so I really can’t talk much more about how much time and how long it’s going to all take, or what exactly it’s going to be. But I can say that people who were a fan of our work before, are going to be pretty happy!”