One year with Dillinger
I used to play the guitar in
The Dillinger Escape Plan
Here is how I remember my part in their
- In the Summer of 1997 (after the material for the
self-titled debut was recorded)
we went on a short summer tour.
I had been in other bands with Chris and Adam since the 9th grade so
we were already used to working together.
- In the Fall of 1997 we recorded
Under the Running Board.
- In the Summer of 1998 we toured with Jesuit and Botch and finished
up at the Milwaukee Metalfest.
We also did a recording of three songs that ended up being re-recorded
One song from those sessions ended up being released on a
split CD with Nora.
While on tour I decided that I wanted to leave the band.
I was burned out on the guitar and wanted to focus on computer science.
I am not trying to say that everyone should do this, it was just my
I still enjoy playing the guitar on a part-time basis. It is too much
of a part of me to just drop, but at the time I simply lost the drive
to play it like I used to. I found that I enjoyed putting my energy
into other creative processes. It may sound strange, but I actually
programming is artistic
in a way that is similar to creating music.
I let the guys know that I wanted to quit the band at the end of the
Summer tour. However I came back to do some shows in the Fall
of 1998 until Brian Benoit took over on second guitar. I had a really
good time playing with Dillinger and I thank them for giving me the
opportunity to play with them.