Greg Puciato Offers An Update On The Black Queen

Greg Puciato (The Dillinger Escape Plan, etc.) has offered an update on his electronic project The Black Queen. The frontman said the following:

“Now this one I do remember. Four years ago tonight, March 16th 2019, in Chicago at @subtchicago. The last time @theblackqueenofficial toured and I think probably the best show of that band ever. Tough call though there were a lot of magic vibes. Peak vibe in that spot that night though. Hard to top. Fuck it that was the best one. Yes, that band still exists. Yes LP3 is still coming. Yes we are going to tour/play shows again.”

The Black Queen To Release Fifth Anniversary Edition Of “Fever Daydream”

The Black Queen (The Dillinger Escape Plan, etc.) have announced that they will be releasing a fifth anniversary edition of their debut album “Fever Daydream.” A deluxe digital edition will be available via Bandcamp on February 5, before hitting other digital outlets on February 19. The effort will come with the “original ten songs as well as instrumental and vocal only versions of each track.” Bonus recordings and demos will also be included. Furthermore, pre-orders have also launched for new limited edition vinyl pressings.

Frontman Greg Puciato commented:

“In 20 years of making albums, there are a few that stand-out as being really special. They felt special when they were being made, and they still stand-out after the passing of time. If every album is a point on a timeline, these points are a little bigger than the rest. ‘Fever Daydream‘ is one of those points. We had no idea when we made it whether other people would connect to it in the way that we did, but it turns out that a decent amount of people did.

This was the gateway into a lot for me on the release-side too, the genesis of what would become Federal Prisoner, and the start of a real passion for releasing records, and for owning my output. Personally it was a really transitional time too, with a lot of growth happening, and I can hear all of that in this. We had a special bond as friends and musicians during the years that we spent making this, and a couple of my current closest relationships both personally and professionally were formed during this time.

So we, and I, are proud to re-issue this, in new packaging, with new variants, and some extra stuff on the digital side. Thanks everyone. We hope to see you at some shows before too long. Now back to the new record ;-).”

Greg Puciato (The Dillinger Escape Plan) To Release New Book “Separate The Dawn”

Greg Puciato (The Dillinger Escape Plan, The Black Queen) will be releasing his first book, “Separate The Dawn,” on February 12 via Federal Prisoner. The 226 page book will feature a collection of poetry, photography, etc. that was written and taken during The Dillinger Escape Plan’s final year and a half. A limited edition hardcover version can be pre-ordered HERE.

Puciato commented:

“This is the heaviest and most brutal, but ultimately positive and necessary piece, in a series of thematically connected output for me, during what I now see as a long transitional arc, of realization, processing, shedding, accepting, and then finally coming out of the other side into a different place. A walk through a broken mirror.

Chronologically this goes after ‘Dissociation,’ and before ‘Infinite Games.’ It’s also a surprising and welcome reconnection with a medium that was my first creative love, even before music, and an equally surprising fascination with a new one.

I guess it’s essentially my first (and maybe only) solo release. Thanks to everyone who picks this up, for continuing to encourage me to keep creating with zero regard for parameters of gene or medium. Also, Lebron James is not greater than Michael Jordan.”

He also discussed the book further with Revolver and said he originally had no intentions of releasing a book and that he was thinking of using the title for a “violent solo album.” He added:

“…Thematically, this goes in between the Dillinger record and Black Queen, which sounds insane, but I really do care that this chronology is in place. The one thing I don’t want, is for people to read this and think this is me currently, because that time period was so intense.

There’s a lot of stuff in there that I read now and think, “Good God, man.” It sounds fucking suicidal. I don’t people to think, “Greg‘s gonna jump off a bridge” anytime soon. At the time, I was going through a lot of panic attacks and things from my subconscious that were repressed, childhood type things, were starting to come out. I just needed a release.”

He also talked about the state of his mind while writing the book:

“The end of Dillinger was this black hole that I didn’t know what was going to be on the other side of, and that causes a lot of anxiety. Especially as a singer, a lot of your identity is as the mascot of this band. That fuses to your identity. So when you’re marching to the unknown and know “this is going to dissolve,” you start to realize how much of yourself has fused with that and become the sort of bundle over the last 17 years.

Then you’re like, “Well, what happened to the person before this is what happened and do I have enough of another person outside of this to withstand losing this massive identity?” The singer gets it the worst because they’re the face of the band.

I think that it was a combination of a lot of other things that were happening behind the scenes that were causing me to kind of reevaluate my whole idea of what I thought caused my trajectory in life. Just a lot of shit was happening that was pinpointing me having a lot of anxiety and pretty much endless panic attacks.

The bus accident came at the height of that. When I was already at my worst, like, I was already in really bad shape on that particular tour and I was not in a good place … The bus accident came when I was in the peak of not being in a good place, and it just wrecked me beyond what normally would wreck someone if they were asleep and got hit by a fucking tractor trailer. [Laughs] Which is bad enough.

When you’re having panic attacks a lot, it’s coming out of nowhere and part of what you’re doing is trying to figure out where it’s all coming from, but it’s still hitting you from out of nowhere. You’re in this feeling at all times that you’re not safe. You’re getting blindsided by this energy torpedo.

The bus accident was kind of a physical torpedo that happened while I was already feeling that way, and it just made my whole life feel surreal in a way that I was not used to. And not surreal in a good way, like, “I can’t believe this is happening — the band is kicking ass and this is crazy!” or “I can’t believe we’re on tour with this band!” Those surrealities are positive, but this was like when you’re in a dream with this person you love and that person fucking turns into a monster and blows apart, then all of the sudden it’s horrifying? That’s where I felt at all times.

After that, there were a lot of things that just got worse. I came home and ended up getting on all these anti-anxiety medications and became addicted to them, then I withdrew from them, and it was just getting worse and worse and worse. A lot of when I read this [book], a lot is just like, “Fuck, man.” What a weird place I was in, and like I said, I don’t feel like that at all now.

The title even, before I knew what it was going to mean, now it means something different to me. If you can separate the dawn, literally, and draw a line in the sand between dark and light, or the beginning of a positive time period from the dark night of the soul.

[The title] just came out of me. Now I’m like, “Oh wow, that works out sometimes,” you know, like with ‘Dissociation‘, it was the same way. It didn’t start as Dillinger breaking up, but then we made it and suddenly Dillinger‘s breaking up, so suddenly the title makes a lot more sense. It’s really serendipitous things that I guess kind of make me feel like I’m tapped into what I need to be tapped into.”

He also opened up about the “self-medication” that he was using to face his demons:

“In the past there were things that I really enjoyed that were probably not healthy for me that I dove into wholeheartedly as anything else. There was a period of time where I was really alarmingly self-destructive. I was just like, “Whatever, fuck it. Who cares? I can withstand anything. I don’t give a shit.”

And I didn’t think about why I was doing it. I thought about the fact that I enjoyed doing it. The more reckless I was offstage, the more genuinely reckless I felt onstage. Then obviously with Dillinger, you get rewarded for that, but I had a hard time turning it off.

It wasn’t a performance for me, and it wasn’t something I knew how to turn off. It wasn’t like, “I have this part of me that I need to access and I can safely express it onstage and then I’m going to turn it off.” I would just keep going. And you gravitate toward people who enable that — you start developing a lot of friends who are into that, and the next thing you know you’re doing drugs and drinking and partying and fucking, you know, being out of control but not noticing the signs around you that it might not be healthy.

You’re not noticing the signs around you that it might not be healthy, and you’re not believing that there’s going to be any consequence to it. Whether it’s in your life emotionally or through your neurotransmitters or anything like that … Now that I’ve been through it, I understand that there’s a consequence to these kinds of things just like there’s a consequence to anything.

So what I was using this for, because I had all of this anxiety at the time and I hadn’t been to — and I hate talking about therapy — I hadn’t been to any therapy. I hadn’t had any sort of intense self-realizations yet regarding my life. I was just living like a fucking animal. All id, all instinct. I had a romanticization of that, like I thought it was just part of being an artist and I just believed that I didn’t have to give a shit about motive.

I was using drugs and alcohol and sex as basically anxiety release and self-medication without really knowing it. There were multiple times where I was pretty close to, uh … I had a few, like, overdoses. Whatever. I’ll say what they are. That’s when it first started becoming a lot. There were alarming signs and I was like, “Oh shit.” I’m suddenly aware that I’m mortal and something can go wrong.

But when that’s not happening, you’re in such a state of fucking bliss, and you’re in a state of relief from these things that are bothering you or driving you that you don’t care. You’re just fucking lying on the floor, blissed the fuck out, and you might actually be fucking close to death. You’re with someone or other people that equally as fucked up and you all look like fucking cartoons or zombies at this point, and you don’t even know.”

The Black Queen Premiere “Thrown Into The Dark” Video, Announce North American Tour

The Black Queen (The Dillinger Escape Plan, etc.) have premiered a new video for their song “Thrown Into The Dark.” This track is from the band’s latest album “Infinite Games.“

In other news, The Black Queen have also announced a North American tour with Uniform. Kanga and SRSQ will also perform on select dates. Greg Puciato (The Dillinger Escape Plan) said the following about the tour:

“Our energy is so high right now following our recent run of European shows, and we’re grateful and excited to keep it going and to finally, after a few years of only playing Stateside shows here and there, be able to come play everywhere we can in North America. Excited to have Uniform with us, as well as Kanga and SRSQ. We’ve been looking forward to this for a long time, so come out, let go, and get lost with us for a night or two.”

Tour Dates:

02/22 San Diego, CA – Brick By Brick (with Kanga)
02/23 Las Vegas, NV – Db172 (with Kanga)
02/24 Phoenix, AZ – The Rebel Lounge (with Kanga)
02/26 Austin, TX – Barracuda (with Kanga)
02/27 Dallas, TX – Curtain Club (with Kanga)
03/01 Atlanta, GA – The Masquerade (Hell) (with Kanga)
03/02 Ybor City, FL – Crowbar (with Kanga)
03/03 Orlando, FL – The Abbey (with Kanga)
03/05 Charlotte, NC – Amos Southend (with Kanga)
03/06 Washington DC – Union Stage (with Kanga)
03/08 Brooklyn, NY – Music Hall Of Williamsburg (with Kanga)
03/09 Philadelphia, PA – Underground Arts (with Kanga)
03/11 Cambridge, MA – The Sinclair (with SRSQ)
03/12 Montreal, QC – Le Ministere (with SRSQ)
03/13 Toronto, ON – Velvet Underground (with SRSQ)
03/15 Detroit, MI – The Shelter (with SRSQ)
03/16 Chicago, IL – Subterranean (with SRSQ)
03/17 Minneapolis MN – Studio B @ Skyway (with SRSQ)
03/19 Denver, CO – Marquis Theatre (with SRSQ)
03/20 Salt Lake City, UT – Urban Lounge (with SRSQ)
03/22 Seattle, WA – Chop Suey (with SRSQ)
03/23 Portland, OR – Star Theater (with SRSQ)
03/25 San Francisco, CA – Slim’s (with SRSQ)
03/26 Sacramento, CA – Holy Diver (with SRSQ)
03/28 Los Angeles, CA – The Echoplex (with SRSQ)

[via Revolver]

The Black Queen (The Dillinger Escape Plan) Premiere “Your Move” Video

The Black Queen (The Dillinger Escape Plan, etc.) have premiered a new video for their new song “Your Move.” This track is from the band’s new album “Infinite Games,“ which will be released tomorrow (September 28).

Greg Puciato (The Dillinger Escape Plan, etc.) commented:

“‘Your Move‘ was one of the fastest songs to be written. The demo and lyrics for this song were completed on the flight back from India after playing there with Dillinger. We finished it in a few days a week or so later, sometime in December of last year. Lyrically it just touches on the intoxication of sharing intimacy with someone guarded while also knowing that it’s unsustainable, but wanting it not to be.

The line ‘your move’ is a reference to the inevitable stalemate/playing chicken game that two people with vulnerability/permanence issues face after their initial phase reaches its limitation. Steve and I collaborated on the video.”

[via Consequence Of Sound]

The Black Queen (The Dillinger Escape Plan) Premiere “Thrown Into The Dark” Video

The Black Queen (The Dillinger Escape Plan, etc.) have premiered a new video for their new song “Thrown Into The Dark.” This track is from the band’s new album “Infinite Games,“ which will be released on September 28. Greg Puciato (The Dillinger Escape Plan, etc.) commented: “This is a song, we made a video. We Like it.”

The Black Queen (The Dillinger Escape Plan) Debut New Song “Thrown Into The Dark”

The Black Queen (The Dillinger Escape Plan, etc.) have debuted a new song titled “Thrown Into The Dark” on BBC Radio 1‘s Rock Show With Daniel P Carter. You can check that out HERE. The track will appear on the band’s new album “Infinite Games,“ which is set to be released on September 28.

The Black Queen (The Dillinger Escape Plan, Etc.) Confirm Supporting Acts For Fall European/UK Tour

The Black Queen, the electronic project featuring Greg Puciato (The Dillinger Escape Plan, Killer Be Killed), Joshua Eustis (Telefon Tel Aviv) and Steven Alexander, have revealed that Tennis System and Kanga will be the opening acts on their fall European/UK tour. The group will be touring in support of their new album “Infinite Games“ (out September 28).

Tour Dates:

10/05 Bristol, UK – Thekla
10/07 Glasgow, UK – SWG3
10/08 Leeds, UK – Brudenell
10/09 Manchester, UK – Deaf Institute
10/10 Nottingham, UK – Contemporary
10/11 London, UK – Bush Hall
10/12 Tilburg, NET – O13
10/15 Sint-Niklaas, BEL – De Casino
10/16 Frankfurt, GER – Zoom
10/18 Cologne, GER – Blue Shell
10/19 Paris, FRA – Le Supersonic
10/20 Milan, ITA – Legend Club
10/22 Vienna, AUT – Backstage
10/23 Munchen, GER – Backstage
10/24 Leipzig, GER – Werk 2
10/25 Prague, CZE – Chapeau Rouge
10/26 Warsaw, POL – Hybrydy
10/27 Berlin, GER – Gretchen
10/28 Hamburg, GER – Nochtspeicher
10/30 Copenhagen, DEN – Stengade
10/31 Oslo, NOR – Parkteateret
11/01 Stockholm, SWE – Nalen
11/03 St. Petersburg, RUS – Mod Club
11/04 Moscow, RUS – 16 Tons

The Black Queen (The Dillinger Escape Plan, Etc.) To Release New Album “Infinite Games” In September

The Black Queen, the electronic project featuring Greg Puciato (The Dillinger Escape Plan, Killer Be Killed), Joshua Eustis (Telefon Tel Aviv), and Alexander Ryan (Nine Inch Nails/A Perfect Circle technician), have announced that their new album “Infinite Games“ will be available on September 28. The effort will be released through the band’s own label Federal Prisoner, and a teaser for it can be seen below:

Puciato said the following about the label:

“Federal Prisoner won’t function like a typical label. It’s an expression of passion and individualism in a way that opens more doors for us to create and to own what we create with minimal compromise. It’s as much an act of refusal as it is a statement of intent.

We won’t be working within the current industry blueprint of premieres, ‘instant grat tracks’ or any of that nonsense. We’re concentrating on the music, videography and packaging, an aural and visual experience. It’s exciting to create our own path.”

He also added the following about the album:

“There’s less uncertainty and more confidence. I’m speaking both about the artistic and business aspect of creating and releasing an album. As for what’s changed with Infinite Games, I think it feels more conceptual as an album.

It’s less a collection of songs and more about the front to back listen. Probably because it wasn’t compiled over a four-year span of time like the last one. This one is actually hookier but more insidious, it’s a more delicate record.”

“Infinite Games” Track Listing:

01. “Even Still I Want To”
02. “Thrown Into The Dark”
03. “No Accusations”
04. “Your Move”
05. “Lies About You”
06. “Impossible Condition”
07. “Spatial Boundaries”
08. “100 To Zero”
09. “Porcelain Veins”
10. “One Edge Of Two”

The Black Queen Announce Australian Shows With Drab Majesty

The Black Queen, the electronic project featuring Greg Puciato (The Dillinger Escape Plan, Killer Be Killed), Joshua Eustis (Telefon Tel Aviv) and Steven Alexander, have announced some Australian shows with Drab Majesty. Here’s the dates:

01/18 Sydney, AUS – Lansdowne Hotel
01/19 Melbourne, AUS – Northcote Social Club