Greg Puciato (Dillinger Escape Plan) discusses recent drug experience, guitarist Ben Weinman respond
Last week, Greg Puciato Dillinger Escape Plan's Greg Puciato took to his blog and posted about a recent experience with drugs, which ended up involving police, fire fighters, and EMTs. Ben Weinman, the band's guitarist, gave an in-depth interview to Metal Insider following the incident, in which he explained that despite the questions they've received, the band's writing process has never involved drugs.
Weinman is currently working on new Dillinger Escape Plan material for a follow-up to 2010's Option Paralysis, and demoing new material with Giraffe Tongue Orchestra, which features members of Mastodon, The Mars Volta, and Jane's Addiction.
"I would like to thank the six police officers, fully staffed fire truck, and the several EMTs(thanks Brian Vanina for writing to me afterwards) that showed up over the weekendâ¦to witness/enjoy what surely must have been a beyond hysterical/bizarre/confusing sight to them. Without going into too much detailâ¦let me just say that it was ENTIRELY worthwhile to eat enough(way too much) of something(I wonât go into what but Iâm sure your assumptions are probably accurate) to induce a total near death experience, have full blown entirely realistic hallucinations(including fake people that I had conversations with), have no ability to tell what time/age period of my life I was in(12, 17, 22, 29â¦.all seemed simultaneous) and run around almost naked both in and outside singing, screaming, and asking the police if I was dead and whether or not Ben Weinman, The Dillinger Escape Plan, Liam, and various other people in my personal life, were in fact real people or part of a dream that I had while part of a separate larger reality. When I look back on being on a stretcher outside at 3am, frantically telling police that I was already dead and insisting that they tell me the truth, while accusing them of not being real either, and my girlfriend crying and being terrified that I had gone "too far" and would be permanently insane from that point forwardâ¦..it all seems obvious what you should tell kids about drugs. "Just sayâ¦maybe."
There is no "twelve" after "eleven". It goes straight to "thirteen". Itâs dark if you go there. So if youâre ever at eleven and wanna go furtherâ¦just be forewarned and remember that eleven jumps to thirteen and it gets fucking dark RIGHT AWAY. But it is, in hindsight, a wholly worthwhile place to visit now and then. For the recordâ¦all I gave a fuck about when I was out of my mind and convinced I was dead, was four or five people, and The Dillinger Escape Plan. Crazy.
Iâve never felt more psyched to play some fucking shows. LA tomorrow. Orange County Thursday. LETâS FUCKING DO THIS."
"I actually talked to him last night. He was like, "wow there was a lot of press about thatâ¦thatâs crazy." I said âlook, you gotta realize, I might be in Jersey in my basement writing the record and youâre 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 thatâs great. But youâve got to realize youâre the front man and youâre 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 whatâs around me. 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.â"