Dillinger Escape Plan’s Ben Weinman Is Proud to Be From New Jersey
Dillinger Escape Plan guitarist Ben Weinman is a lifelong New Jersey resident. While Dirty Jer-Z is often maligned as the armpit of the nation or the sixth borough, Weinman, like so many others, has mad pride for the state that also produced Bruce Springsteen, Bon Jovi and Bouncing Souls. Weinman was born in Morris Plains – that’s the northwestern part of the state – and still lives in the same neighborhood, in a house down the street from the parents! His efforts in Dillinger Escape Plan actually paid for the house, so “I can’t complain,”Weinman told Noisecreep. He also revealed a few of his fave things about the Garden State.
Diners. “The thing about Jersey is the diners. I cannot live without Jersey diners. They are the best because they have the hometown goodness that is like the South. You can get eggs and home fries. Or you can be a little more ‘metropolitan’ and get a latte, too. A Jersey diner has more class than diners everywhere else. The price is right, too. Just today, I had two eggs over-easy, hash browns and rye toast for four bucks.”
Diversity. “It’s ridiculous. There is so much diversity and so many different types of people. It can take over three hours to get from one end of the state to the other. It’s also bigger than many European countries. There are a couple million more people in New Jersey than in Denmark. You can fly into Newark and think, ‘Wow, I landed in a toilet!’ and then drive 45 minutes into Morris County, where I live, and it’s beautiful. Mike Tyson has a house here. I am sitting on a rope swing I made on a tree, and staring at a giant bush with blue jays in it. When I am done, I am going to go inside my house and make more music that sounds like pots and pans falling down the stairs.”
Ah, another testament to the diversity of New Jersey comes from the delightfully mathematical noise of the DEP!