Dillinger Escape Plan Talk About Sneaking Into OC to Record New Album

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Omen Room Studios during the early days of Dillinger Escape Plan's recording in November.

By the time you read this, most of The Dillinger Escape Plan will be back home on the East Coast, settling down for the holidays with lady friends and family members.

But for the last two months, members of the legendary mathcore/metal band have been living under the radar behind the Orange Curtain, putting in 12-hour days at the Garden Grove studio of their longtime producer and friend Steve Evetts and laying down a new batch of brutal tracks for the band's yet-untitled fifth full-length release.

This is the third consecutive album that the unapologetically Tri-State band has made at Evetts' Omen Room--a nondescript office-park studio just off of the 22 Freeway--a trend made that much easier since singer Greg Puciato moved to SoCal after the completion of Ire Works in 2007. The latest album will be released (hopefully) some time in April on Sumerian Records under the band's own imprint, Party Smasher Inc.

We caught up with DEP bass player Liam Wilson at a coffee shop yesterday (his last day in town) between a morning Bikram yoga class and a lunch-time studio call to talk about recording the new album, bringing back guitarist James Love and making a few scream-free jams. Read the interview after the jump.

OC Weekly (Sarah Bennett) So why do you keep coming back to Garden Grove to record albums? Seems sort of out of the way for the rest of you.

Liam Wilson: It's Steve because he's the only dude that can understand what we do. I go in with my parts and I think they're great and Steve just tears me apart and I end up rewriting everything. And it sounds better and he's usually right. It's like a process in surrendering yourself, but it really matters because our rhythms are so fucked up, even for us this time. It is detailed and obviously every crafty, but he's one of the only people I feel who truly could do it for us. He's mixed and mastered everything we've ever done. I call him the goalie because you can't let anything get by you unless it's good. Nobody pushes me as hard as he does.

All your previous work with him was out in Jersey, right? Did he have a studio out there?

Yeah, he used to work at Trax East in Jersey, the studio that Skid Row and all those bands recorded at. He cut his teeth there. And Miss Machine was recorded with him, but in our old practice space. That's a more interesting recording story in that we were in our practice space but we couldn't record when other bands were playing. So we had to record from 11 p.m. to 7 a.m. Ironically enough, though, that place is now a recording studio. It's funny because the Miss Machine thing is on the wall even though that guy didn't do it, but it was recorded in that building when it was still a practice space.

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Are you trying to finish recording this album before the holiday?

Ben [Weinman, lead guitars, founding band member] and I are trying to get our stuff done so we don't have to come back. Greg will probably start tracking on Christmas Eve, but Steve has a record on January 6 with another band so we do have a time crunch in that. Part of the reason why he's not mixing it this time is that availability.

Did Hurricane Sandy delay any of the recording?

Oh, Sandy was a total nightmare. We were still out there, but were supposed to be out here. The storm hit on Monday or Tuesday and we were supposed to fly out here on Friday. Ben was in North Jersey and lost power for three or four days and Billy [Rymer, drums] was in Long Island and lost power for seven to ten days. But Billy just flew out here--there wasn't any point in him staying out there without power. So Ben and I because of Sandy pushed our tickets back. A few days without power might not seem like the worst thing in the world but when you're cramming to get a record done, that means you can't have practice, you can't demo anything on your computer and that's crunch time. If you're in school doing finals, no matter how much prep you do, you crunch harder before you leave. Then we got out here the next week, kinda behind the gun, and Mitch from Suicide Silence died. Steve had to go to the funeral so it stalled everyone out, then we had to practice for a few days because we had just lost a guitar player. It was all good in the end, but Sandy definitely messed with our flow.

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