GDC 11: Dillinger Escape Plan Rocks in the Rain
In what must rank as one of the most bizarre publicity stunts of all time, the publishers of Homefront hired well-known hardcore band Dillinger Escape Plan to perform outside of GDC. Protected (presciently) from the rain by the kind of pop-up stage I always associate with MTV Spring/Winter break, the band soldiered through a set that consisted mostly of the their more recent, accessible material, as footage of the game spooled innocuously behind them.
There was a good turnout of enthusiastic DEP fans who were obviously not associated with GDC, and though overmuscled singer Greg Puciato deployed an inconsistent croon more often than his powerful hardcore bark, the crowd brought an admirable amount of energy for a Wednesday afternoon, creating a small circle pit and doing a modicum of stage diving. Buoyed by the audience’s enthusiasm, Puciato even used one of the stage pilings to clamber up onto the adjacent Yerba Buena Center Carousel, and guitarist Jeff Tuttle took advantage of the convivial atmosphere to go on a rampage through the crowd.
Despite the obvious good vibes they cultivated, however, the band’s attempts to play an extra song were cut dramatically short. Puciato tried to goad drummer Billy Rymer into counting off the next song, at which point a stage manager/Homefront exec type standing near the mixing board could be heard telling one of the techs nearby to “shut off the generator,” thus denying the heavily amplified band the ability to play.
It didn’t quite come to that, thankfully, but DEP deserve plaudits for their enthusiasm. Check out footage of the performance below.
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