After many years of success, hardcore legends The Dillinger Escape Plan decided to call it quits. When they got confirmed to play The Chance, Doug and I decided to go and bring our friend Jessie since he had mentioned liking them before. Our friend Nick also decided to tag along with us.
I had seen them once before, opening for Nine Inch Nails and Soundgarden and while they killed at that show, I knew a headling performance would be totally insane. After eating at the sketchy Kennedy Fried Chicken, Doug and I went to the venue for Doug’s scheduled interview with the band’s vocalist Greg Puciato. After Doug’s interview ( where I helped contribute questions), the three of us got trapped in the dressing room due to the shitty carpeting. It wasn’t until Puciato’s brilliant plan to get the door open that we were able to escape Dillinger’s dressing room (also a good band name).
We regrouped with Nick and Jesse and noticed that the first band didn’t go on until 8pm (it was 6). We then decided to go to this local game store called Joe Gamer which sold games for almost every system known to man. Nick bought a copy of the Gamecube classic Tales of Symphony while Doug bought Superman 64 (because, why not?). We got back to The Chance around showtime, ran into my friends Rob from Roargh and Tom Wickland as the first band set up.
Bent Knee started the set with some really bizarre music. They played some kind of prog rock with vocals that sounded like they were trying to be James Bond themes and keyboards that seemed like they belonged in different Square titles such as Final Fantasy, Life is Strange and Chrono Trigger. While I don’t see myself listening to this band on my own, I will say they performed well.
The second band on this tour with Cult Leader. I knew nothing about them other than my friend Jason saying they were pretty good. They played a mix of doom, mathcore and grind. Most songs had very harsh vocals with a few of them having cleans that sound sort of like Nick Cave. They had a crazy energetic performance with a vocalist who was really over the top with his stage antics. They were by far the best opener I saw that night.
The Dillinger Escape Plan
After Cult Leader, we all went to hang out at Nutty’s bar and grill. After about half and hour we went back to The Chance to catch the feature presentation. Around this time I ran into Mers, DJ and Ryan from Black Table, who I saw put on a killer performance the night before. Dillinger had a machine gun performance with tons of energy and stage antics from Puciato as well as seizure-inducing strobe lights throughout the whole set. They had a great 90’s set list covering the band’s history while also promoting their just-released final album Dissociation at the same time. Classics like “Prancer,” “One of Us is the Killer,” “Milk Lizard” and even their pop songs such as “Black Bubblegum” were played – and all sounded great live. After the show Doug bought the new album while I bought a cheap Dillinger poster and we headed back to Montgomery hoping to make it back in time for Doug’s overnight shift.