The best band of Download Festival : The Dillinger Escape Plan
He lives in a bubble and the bubble is filled with music.
Rick Rubin said that of Daron Malakian from System of a Down. The same could be said of Dillinger. A pure performance is something hard to come by. There’s too many orchestrated demands from front-men to jump up and down, to create circle pits, to head-bang (see any live Machine Head video). All that mattered on Sunday night was the music. That’s what it all comes down to. That’s what Monsters of Rock used to be about, that’s what Reading Festival of old used to be about. The world is a lesser place without it.
Having seen DEP since their first UK outing, there seems to have been a massive shift, at least to me as a punter, that this final run of shows… I dunno, they seem to be enjoying it a lot more, like a weight has been lifted off their shoulders. With that came a sense of, dare I say, fun. Bittersweet as it was with it being their last ever UK show. To be on such a high for an hour to the sudden realisation that it’s all over – it’s not easy to consume or even accept.
It’s hard to put into words just how good they were. Putting it in a past tense just makes it hit home we’ll never see them on these shores anytime soon (excuse me whilst I sob for a minute).
Let’s not forget the absolute tunes they have. Just look at the frickin’ setlist below. When you have this quality of music, coupled with every song being played like it was their last moments on this earth with fans doing their best to be louder than you… it can’t go wrong. As I said, I’m struggling to put into words what went down. It was one of those moments where you spout the cliché “You had to be there“.
Let’s not forget they were battling with some big names on the other stages. Slayer just around the corner and Aerosmith’s last ever UK date, so to pack out the tent like that was no easy task. It wasn’t going to be filled with people in chairs that was for sure.
Time goes fast when you’re having a good time and their criminally short set was the only negative to be taken away.
- When I Lost My Bet
- Panasonic Youth
- Black Bubblegum
- Milk Lizard
- Sugar Coated Sour
- Happiness Is a Smile
- One of Us Is the Killer
- Farewell, Mona Lisa
- Limerent Death
- Sunshine the Werewolf
- 43% Burnt