The Proven Path of Old School Hardcore: Dillinger 4
by Balazs Sarkadi
Originally published in Left of the Dial
After you had decided to leave Lookout Records, you talked to Fat Wreck and Epitaph as well. Why did you choose Fat? Was it partly because Epitaph signed Dillinger Escape Plan who you certainly not want to be confused with?
We left Hopeless records. Fat and Epitaph are both good labels, but we’re
working mostly on weight gain these days. We’ve reached nearly 1000 lbs
between the four of us, and we figured Fat would be more supportive when we
get to the point where we can barely make it onstage anymore.
John Dillinger was a famous bankrobber from the 1930s in the Midwest area, where you come from. Why did you choose this name for the band?
Yes, the Midwest thing played a part in it. Also, Dillinger died in Chicago in the alley almost next door to the record shop where Paddy and I bought many of our first punk records. We’re both from Chicago. Dillinger also spent a great deal of time in my neighborhood in St. Paul. There was a deal with the cops here for all those underworld figures at the time. They agreed not to pull any shit in St. Paul, and the cops agreed not to haul them in for stuff they did elsewhere. He was also supposedly hung like a horse.