Watch SEVEN)SUNS Cover Cult Leader’s “Lightless Walk” 

SEVEN)SUNS has shared a video of the band performing a cover of Cult Leader’s song “Lightless Walk”! The video was recorded during quarantine and shows the band performing, along with some trippy visuals. The cover will be available for streaming next week, and they also announced their next album, Death Meditations, will be available on August 11th. You can pre-save it on Spotify in the post below. Recast under the string quartet’s hands, the track has an entirely different power and vibe to it than the original. The band is signed to Ben Weinman’s Party Smasher Inc. and appeared on The Dillinger Escape Plan’s final album and final shows ever. Watch the clip below!  Continue reading

One Year Ago The Dillinger Escape Plan Played Their Final Show

It has been a year since the final notes of The Dillinger Escape Plan’s final live performance of their twenty-year career rang out at a sweaty, bloodstained, tears and beers soaked Terminal Five in New York City. While bands reunite all the time and no one should ever say “never”, this one retirement is pretty final. Ghost Cult staff was in attendance all three nights for the final dates of their illustrious career, it still felt so surreal at the time. As Ghost Cult scribe Hans Lopez penned so eloquently in his review of 2016’s Dissociation (Party Smasher Inc.) Dillinger was one of the most polarizing, but also most important bands of all time. Those final shows were performances for the ages. Thoughtfully planned, immaculately performed, with the highest levels of musicianship, a total disregard for the human condition, and most of all fun. Dillinger proved in the final throws of ecstasy and art that music can be dangerous, fun, and emotional all at once, without selling out or sacrificing anything. Our worlds are still rocked a year later., and no, it’s still not okay that they are gone. Thanks for the bruises on our bodies and scars in our minds, Dillinger Escape Plan. Continue reading

Silvertomb, The Dillinger Escape Plan, Other Music Legends Join WSOU Panel

Seton Hall University’s 89.5 is known as “WSOU – Pirate Radio”. Rock and metal fans in the Tri-State area know it to be the home of great music and culture since 1986. WSOU has been in existence since 1948 and has helped launch the careers of every major band you can think of. This Saturday in New Jersey as part of the South Next Festival, a panel examines bands, the music and the culture with some very big names. “Always A Creative Collision: WSOU, Musicians, And The Loud Rock Lifestyle” features Kenny Hickey (Silvertomb/Danzig/Type-O Negative), Benjamin Weinman (The Dillinger Escape Plan/Party Smasher Inc.), Industry veteran Howie Abrams (Lesser Gods Publishing) and music publicity legend Amy Sciarretto (Atom Splitter PR/ex-Roadrunner Records) and others will share the stage to chat. Tickets on sale now and full details below. Continue reading

Seven)Suns Is Streaming “For The Hearts Still Beating” Online

Hardcore metal string quartet Seven)Suns made their name known with their incredible covers of Pantera and The Dillinger Escape Plan last year, but that was only the beginning. The group will be releasing their new full length album, For The Hearts Still Beating, tomorrow via Party Smasher Inc, and New Noise Magazine is hosting a stream of the entire record a day before its release. Continue reading

Seven)Suns Release Twenty One Pilots Cover & For The Hearts Still Beating Details

Hardcore metal string quartet Seven)Suns made their name known with their incredible covers of Pantera and The Dillinger Escape Plan last year, but that was only the beginning. Continue reading

The Dillinger Escape Plan – Dissociation

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If anything, The Dillinger Escape Plan’s latest LP, Dissociation (Party Smasher Inc), serves as a comprehensive anthology of the various dynamics and styles that this New Jersey act has explored in just about 20 years of existence. This is further compounded by the recent announcement that Dissociation will be the last release before the band collectively buys the farm, so to speak. Continue reading

Audio: The Dillinger Escape Plan Releases Symptom of Terminal Illness Single

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The Dillinger Escape Plan will be releasing their sixth and final album, Dissociation, on October 14th via Party Smasher Inc., and they’ve just released another amazing new song for our listening pleasure. Continue reading

Audio: Giraffe Tongue Orchestra – Crucifixion

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center>Giraffe Tongue Orchestra. Photo credit: Johnny Buzzerio

‘Crucifixion’, a track from rock supergroup Giraffe Tongue Orchestra, the new band w Alice In Chains vocalist William DuVall aligned with members of Mastodon and The Dillinger Escape Plan, premiered on BBC Radio 1‘s “Rock Show With Daniel P. Carter”. You can hear the track at this link or below:

‘Crucifixion’ is from Giraffe Tongue Orchestra’s début album Broken Lines, with a release date for September 23 via the Party Smasher Inc./Cooking Vinyl labels.

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Brent Hinds commented on the formation of the band:

During the time Mastodon was there for Soundwave, I was at the zoo in Sydney, Australia and was checking out the giraffes. They are amazing animals – one just grabbed a bunch of bananas from my hand with its tongue and peeled them with it as well – by the time the bananas got to its mouth, they were ready to be eaten. I saw Ben who was at Soundwave too and said ‘Man I think I found the name for our band,’ and told him the story.”

That giraffe made it happen… like us, he figured it out.”, Ben Weinman of Dillinger escape Plan/Party Smasher Inc. added

William Duvall also commented on the band:

Writing lyrics for these songs was somewhat like writing for film – the mood shifts rapidly and drastically within a song … sometimes the whole scene changes. There were a lot of times where, if you were trying to impose conventional rock songwriting standards on this, you’d be in a whole world of trouble.”

Weinman concluded:

“Brent, William, and myself have all been friends for a long time. Finishing the GTO record with William completes the puzzle. He is a man of diverse talents, and this band gives him the opportunity to spread his wings.”

Giraffe Tongue Orchestra’s lineup has changed since the project was launched in 2012. Actress/singer Juliette Lewis (Juliette And The Licks) was the original vocalist for the group, but has only contributed backing vocals to Broken Lines. Queens of the Stone Age’s Jon Theodoe appears on two tracks as well. The band has also set up a Pledge Music campaign for special merch and album versions and the album is available for pre-order at the following links.

Pre-order “Broken Lines” now

PledgeMusic – http://www.pledgemusic.com/projects/gto

Amazon – http://po.st/GtoBLamz

iTunes – http://po.st/GtoBLiT

Giraffe Tongue Orchestra is:

William DuVall -Vocals

Brent Hinds – Guitar

Ben Weinman – Guitar

Pete Griffin – Bass

Thomas Pridgen – Drums

Giraffe Tongue Orchestra online

Giraffe Tongue Orchestra on Facebook

Giraffe Tongue Orchestra on Twitter

Giraffe Tongue Orchestra on Instagram

Party Smasher Inc online

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Ben Weinman Expands His Vision for Party Smasher Inc.

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Ben Weinman was already one of the busiest guys in heavy music, but now his dance card will be filled to the max. What originally started out as a vanity label for is now going to be a fully-fledged “one-stop portal for musicians, photographers, illustrators, fashion designers and industry mavericks of all stripes.”, according to the Dillinger Escape Plan guitarist and resident stage destroyer.

 

As reported by Blabbermouth.net, Weinman has been cultivating this idea for sometime, and just needed to put the wheels in motion:

 

 

“I was well into my twenties, with a college degree and a corporate job, playing music with no intention of generating money or some massive fanbase,” explains Weinman. “Before I had even realized it, I was making 100% of my living creating art. How did this happen? Because we ignored the ‘rules.’ It wasn’t until I started living my artistic life with that mindset that I became a responsible creator — one who could move people through honest expression. And that is what Party Smasher Inc. is all about. We are here to celebrate the artists that are following their own path, undeterred by the trends.”

 

This continues an upward trend of artists driven collectives, either creatively or in management roles in the current scene. As bands age, die out, or plain run out of steam with fans; it’s great to see people in the business get creative when it comes to their future and ensuring a career beyond albums and tours. Bands dudes used to (and still do) flock to studio and record label jobs, but those are drying up and going away. Look for more of these ventures to pop up in marketing, management, fashion, and new media soon.

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Live photo by Meg Loyal Photography