This was meant to be a phone interview with The Dillinger Escape Plan but Greg Puciato didn’t manage to make the connection – that is what we assume to be the connection problems – so we’ve had to do this via email. There appears to have been a bit of a sense of humour transplant with the first question, but this is an email interview and Greg is an interesting man so it’s still ok. We know first-hand that he doesn’t mind spouting nonsense face-to-face, so it’s cool. To be fair, we could’ve put more effort into writing down more intriguing or incisive questions, but then Greg could’ve put more effort into picking up the phone. SO IT’S COOL. NO PROBLEM HERE. OK.
What is the message of the new album?
“There isn’t a message. The album has meaning or represents something to us as a band and lyrically it has meaning to me but there is no outward message to other people.”
Are there any guest vocalists?
“Yes, but they don’t do any vocals and we aren’t at liberty to name them. They can reveal themselves and what they did if they ever want to individually. Think in terms of James Hetfield hitting a xylophone, but he’s not one of them. He’s not a xylophone. Xylophones are racists.”
How much of a success is Party Smasher?
“It’s a raging success on par with Disneyworld and Google. Pretty sure the current share price is a billion units of currency.”
Do you feel like you’ve proven a point with it?
“To ourselves, yeah. To anyone else? I don’t know. We are obsessive control freaks about this band and Party Smasher is a reflection of that and a pendulum swing against our previous involvement in the more traditional one umbrella company worldwide record contract model.”
How have Sumerian helped?
“They have great distribution and a very young aggressive mindset. We wanted people on the delivery end that are as serious about what they do as we are on the creative end.”
Why did you leave Twitter?
“Because it began to feel more like an obligation than something that I really cared to keep up. Everything I really care to express I do musically right now, and having another outlet during the creative process in particular started to seem like a detriment to me, not just publicly but creatively. I just don’t see the point in it. It’s too narcissistic to tell people what you’re actually doing all the time, plus I would get in real trouble if I actually did, and if anyone wants to know my opinions on things they can always ask me some other way if they can. I just lost the taste for personal social media in general. Got bored with it. I don’t miss it, posting or seeing what other people post.”
What do you do with all you spare time since leaving?