Liam Wilson plays bass for The Dillinger Escape Plan. Dillinger is a fucking hot band in spite of all the line up changes because the original idea for the band was so fucking excellent. -I enjoyed talking to Liam, he has a lot to say. Pay attention to the fact that his eighteen year old brother Kevin has just joined the army and read on.
MI: What is your birthday?
Liam: December 22nd, 1979.
MI: Where did you get the name of the band from?
Liam: I wasn’t around for the naming of the band, but as far as I know it was an evolution of what a couple of other bands were. Some things were dropped into a hat and that’s what got picked. Luckily it stuck.
MI: Tell us about the new album.
Liam: It took about 5 years to really bring it together. Between lineup changes, label renegotiations, tons of touring, and finding the time to write it took us a while to get a focused artistic vision about what we were trying to do.
MI: Tell us about your music history.
Liam: I started playing when I was about 12. I originally wanted to play drums. Being that my parents were divorced I was traveling between houses, so I knew drums weren’t going to fly so I ended up getting a bass. I started taking lessons not really knowing what I wanted to do with it but just knowing I enjoyed it.
MI: How do your parents feel about your career?
Liam: My mom was a tough love situation. I went to a prep high school, so my mom invested a lot in my education… It was the typical parent reaction, like “What?! You want to quit school to join a metal band? You have scholarships…” She understood eventually. My dad’s whole attitude is unconditional. He was more willing to say “You’re young, do what you got to do.”
MI: Tell us about the most memorable show you’ve played live.
Liam: Playing San Francisco New Years 02 into 03. We played with Patton and played the EP from front to back and did a Faith No More cover and a Justin Timberlake cover.
MI: What is the most fucked up thing you’ve seen on the road?
Liam: One of the guys I replaced came out on tour. He has his own band… We were in the UK somewhere and the whole day he was asking us to help him find a girl to pee on him. So we find this girl that’s trashed and she says she’ll piss on him. We’re all out there with video cameras and she squats over him and can’t do it. Then she says she can puke on him and vomits all over him about 5 times and he’s loving every second of it. Our merch girl who is just as much of a freak runs out of the venue, drops her pants, and starts pissing all over the puke on him. He has his mouth wide open during this whole thing, then stands up in front of the camera, reaches on top of his head and grabs a noodle from the puke and eats it.
MI: Have you ever inhaled.
MI: What are your thoughts on the legalization of drugs?
Liam: I think that if alcohol is legal than some drugs should be legal. My thoughts on the subject have more to do with the legalization of the research of certain drugs.
MI: Who do you think the 5 greatest bass players are?
Liam: Jaco Pastorius, Sean Malone, Tom Jenkinson, Cliff Burton, and Justin Chancellor.
MI: Where do you get your inspiration as a musician from?
Liam: A general filtering of the human experience, as granola crunch as that sounds…
MI: What are your favorite tracks off of the new album?
Liam: Track 6 is my favorite track.
MI: Who did the album cover?
Liam: It’s our friend Brian. He’s another one of the super roadies and he’s a good New York artist.
MI: Where were you when 9-11 happened and how did it affect you?
Liam: I was walking into work, in Philadelphia, as the 2nd tower got hit. It forced me to actively question things and take a not so passive attitude towards politics or world events.
MI: If you could design a memorial for the victims of 9-11, what would you build?
Liam: I would dig 2 holes, the same size as each tower, straight down into the ground.
MI: What do you think about US involvement in the Middle East?
Liam: I think it’s tragically, fatally flawed. My brother is 18 and he just left for boot camp. He joined the Army, so it definitely hits home. It’s not our business and I think our incentives were selfishly flawed.
MI: What three albums have had the greatest influence on your life?
Liam: Jaco Pastorius’ self titled album, Cynic Focus, and Metallica Master of Puppets.
MI: What’s your opinion on George W?
Liam: I think the guy is a fucking tool. He’s a puppet and a shitty example of American ingenuity.
MI: What’s your thoughts about these packaged tours like Ozzfest, Lollapalooza, and Warped Tour?
Liam: I think they’re a buffet of bands. Even your favorite food at a buffet isn’t that great. You go to see a bunch of bands and none of them taste their best. It’s not a bad thing.
MI: If you could open for anyone in the work who would it be?
Liam: Right now it would be Tool or NiN.
MI: How would you compare the old MTV to the new MTV?
Liam: It was more pure. I think that the new MTV is way too safe and too much protocol.
MI: What do you think about the new Headbanger’s Ball?
Liam: It’s better than the alternative of not having it. We’re actually going to do our taping of hosting it this Friday so I’ll refrain from getting too detailed on how it can be better.
MI: What CD is in your CD player right now?
Liam: Blonde Redhead Misery is a Butterfly.
MI: What is your favorite movie?
Liam: Institute Benjamenta.
MI: Tell us a joke.
Liam: What has 9 arms and 10 legs? Def Leppard.
MI: If you were stuck on a desert island and could only bring 2 people, 1 book, and 1 CD, what would they be?
Liam: My best friend Ruth and Leonardo DaVinci. The book would be Fish Boy by Mark Richards, the CD would be Glen Gould doing Bach’s Gouldberg Variations.
MI: What about the world pisses you off the most and why?
MI: If you were God for a week what would you change?
Liam: The interpretations of his word on earth.
MI: Do you believe in psychics?
Liam: Yes. I believe in collective conciseness.
MI: Have you ever had a paranormal experience?
Liam: Yeah. I had a dream where a best friend of mine, who is dead now, came to me on a red bicycle. About three days later I had a close friend of mine call me and tell me that she had a dream where he came to her on a red bicycle without having any idea that I had the same dream.
MI: Do you believe in reincarnation?
Liam: I believe that matter is neither created nor destroyed.
MI: If you did believe in reincarnation, who do you think you were in your past life?
Liam: I don’t think I was anyone. I was probably a bumble bee.
MI: What person would you like to bring back from the dead?
Liam: I’d bring Jesus back for a 2nd time.
MI: Growing up who did you consider being your heroes?
Liam: Kurt Vonnegut.
MI: Who do you feel influenced your playing style?
MI: Are you guys planning to make a video off of the new CD?
Liam: We did and we’re making another. We made one for Panasonic Youth and we’re making another one for Setting Fire To Sleeping Giants.
MI: What do you think the best thing to happen to Rock N Roll was?
MI: When you’re not on the road what do you do besides play music?
Liam: I work at a venue, I read a lot, and I like to cook.
MI: Who would you like to dump a bucket of flesh eating ants on?
Liam: Dick Cheney.
MI: What do you consider your greatest achievement of all time?
Liam: Knowing that I don’t ever want to think I had a greatest achievement.
MI: If you had a million dollars to donate to charity what charity would it be?
Liam: The Hemlock Society, and AIDS foundation, and a drug research thing.
MI: If you could have lunch with anyone, living or dead, who would it be?
Liam: MC Escher.
MI: If you were a super hero who would you be?
Liam: Clark Kent.
MI: Tell me something you think everyone should know about each one of your band members?
Liam: Greg eats an ocean’s worth of tuna on a daily basis, Brian should join the Military, Chris’s nickname is Rip Van Pennie, and Ben should have never been able to get his drivers license.
MI: What do you want people to know about you?
Liam: I’m single and looking.
MI: What message would you like to send to your fans?
Liam: Thanks for all your patience with all the lineup change and record delays. Keep the faith.
MI: What advice would you give to a young band just getting into the music industry?
Liam: Beware of everything. Nothing is what it seems.
MI: What is your favorite book?
Liam: Fish Boy.
MI: What is your favorite quote?
Liam: Take it easy and if it’s easy take it twice.
MI: What is the band’s website?
MI: Do you have a message for your brother, Kevin, in the Military?
Liam: I hope you have a safe and enlightening experience.
Thanks Liam, it was great to talk to you. Kevin, be safe.