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Interview:
Tension = inspiration for Dillinger Escape Plan
 

By GARY GRAFF
Digital First Media, @GraffonMusic

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Dillinger Escape Plan frontman Greg Puciato has acknowledged that tensions between himself and his girlfriend and also with guitarist and co-writer Ben Weinman inspired many of the songs on the heavy rock group's new album, "ONe of Us is the Killer."

But Weinman says that's par for the course.

"We always have that tension -- sometimes for the better, sometimes for worse, sometimes more intense than others," says Weinman, 38. "We live on different coasts; he's in Los Angeles, I'm in (New) Jersey, where I came from. So we have different lives and none of us spend time together until it's time to be together, so we have all this life experience we collect on our own and then throw ourselves in a studio or on a tour bus and see what happens.

"that makes for a great scenario for creativity -- but it's difficult. We have a great time, though. We're the same in many ways, which is part of the tension and why we create so well."

Weinman, meanwhile, has another creative outlet these days -- Guitar Tone Orchestra, a "supergroup" with Mastodon's Brent Hinds, former Jane's Addiction bassist Eric Avery and Queens of the Stone Age/Mars Volta drummer John Theodore. The project is still in its early stages, but Weinman is clearly enthused by the collaboration.

"We have quite a bit of material laying around, little bits and pieces here and there," says the guitarist, who's also finished the score for "Alien Abduction," which comes out April 26. "You hear each of our styles in it, but it doesn't sound like any of our bands. It's pretty exciting, but we're all so busy it's hard to get time to finish, but we'll eventually get it done."

Dillinger Escape Plan, Trash Talk, Retox and Shining perform Thursday, April 10, at the Crofoot Ballroom, 1 S. Saginaw St., Pontiac. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $20. Call (248) 858-9333 or visit www.thecrofoot.com.

Web Site: www.thecrofoot.com

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