thrives on change, so guitarist and founder Ben Weinman is always surprised when the hardcore group’s fans express surprise at its experimental nature.
“We always just try to really push the boundaries of what we were doing before,” Weinman, 32, explains. “We haven’t really been that prolific. We don’t have a lot of music out there. It usually takes a band three or four records for people to expect them to sound a particular way. So it’s kind of weird that after our first record people expected us to sound exactly like that.
“At the end of the day, we try to maintain our sound, the Dillinger sound, and incorporate things we never would have done before — keep things unpredictable for ourselves and the listeners.”
“Ire Works,” the group’s third album, explores plenty of new directions and also features a new face — drummer Gil Sharone, who stepped in for founding member Chris Pennie after the latter left to join Coheed and Cambria.
“It pushed things back,” Weinman says of Pennie’s acrimonious departure. “We had to re-evaluate things and try some different things. But at the end of the day it was really refreshing for the band. We really like (Sharone), and he brought his influence of swing and jazz and reggae, more rhythm-based stuff, to our music. It’s an amazing addition to our chaos.
“And hopefully (Pennie) is a happier person where he is. We’re certainly doing much better now that there isn’t this tension and drama going on like there was before.”
The Dillinger Escape Plan, A Life Once Lost and Genghis Tron perform at 7 p.m. Monday (Dec. 3) at St. Andrew’s Hall, 431 E. Congress St., Detroit. Tickets are $15. Call (313) 961-6358 or visit www.livenation. com.