On Friday, The Dillinger Escape Plan released what could well be their final album, Dissociation. That they did it so the midst of their farewell tour is making this first run of their victory lap that much more poignant for those seeing it. Granted, they’ll probably tour their last album for a while, so chances are that this will be their last show in their relative hometown of New York are relatively slim. Just in case they don’t make it back, however, they gave a sold-out performance at Webster Hall that will leave fans talking about the intensity of the show for ages. Melinda Oswandel was there to capture it all, and while she missed openers Bent Knee and Cult Leader, she got plenty of Dillinger, as well as direct support O’Brother, whose half-hour set was as moody and atmospheric as Dillinger’s was frenetic and chaotic.
We were watching from the balcony, and although it’s a given that Dillinger vocalist Greg Puciato might appear on and/or jump from it, we were surprised when, during “Prancer,” the singer appeared right next to us. We documented his jump, but did it so quickly that we forgot to do it in landscape mode. Sorry guys, but it’s still awesome. As might be expected, it was a highly audience-interactive show. No barrier meant that stage divers appeared as soon as the band started, and probably about 20% of the audience wound up onstage for show closer “43% Burnt.” New York will miss Dillinger, and it was obvious from their performance that the feeling is mutual.
The Dillinger Escape Plan