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Guitarist Jeff Tuttle Leaves Dillinger Escape Plan

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Jeff Tuttle, the rhythm guitarist for those mathematical metal monsters Dillinger Escape Plan, has left the band, according to both a pair of Facebook posts penned by both the band and Tuttle, and a personal blog post issued by frontman Greg Puciato. Tuttle was a member of DEP for nearly six years and is splitting to go back to school.

The split appears amicable, as Tuttle is moving on to pursue other things, with Puciato referencing the guitarist’s need to “follow his inner compass.” In his statement, Tuttle confirms he is going to film school.

Puciato pointed out that being a member of Dillinger isn’t always easy, and not just because the New Jersey bands make brain-scrambling, complicated and complex music. He thanked his bandmate, who also became his friend.

Dillinger’s last album, ‘Option Paralysis,’ dropped in 2010. The band is wrapping its touring with a weekend gig at Knotfest and will take a break from the road after one more show (which is TBD) in order to resume writing.

“There’s one more [show] as of now…but I’m not telling where,” a Facebook post about the band’s future read. “We’re busy going nearly straight jacket crazy writing and recording the album that’s gonna make your brain drool out of your nostrils….so if you’re around don’t miss it.”

Below is the band’s statement, Tuttle’s statement and Puciato’s entire heartfelt post bidding adieu to his now-former bandmate.

Band statement:

Jeff Tuttle has been a valuable member of The Dillinger Escape Plan since the beginning of the Ire Works cycle. He started his time with us in mid 2006 in a period of turmoil, and his positivity and team player mentality, his enthusiasm, and his fire onstage, will always be appreciated and will never be forgotten. That being said, for now, as you will read, his future with us is uncertain, but whatever the future holds for our relationship with him, we love him and wish him well and success as a brother who has gone into battle with us for six years, and we hope he enjoys and finds creative fulfillment in film school and his future endeavors. Check out his other bands, and read his official statement below.

-The Dillinger Escape Plan

Tuttle’s statement:

To the fans of Dillinger, and to the multitude of people I’ve met, kicked, guitar-smashed, face riffed, or otherwise touched, I’m writing this to formally announce that as of today I will be taking my departure from The Dillinger Escape Plan. The years I’ve spent with this band have been some of the greatest in my life. I’ve seen and done so many things I never thought possible and I will forever be grateful to these memories and to the band that made them possible. I’d like to thank everyone who has given me support and encouragement along the way and to express all the gratitude that fills my bones. Dillinger is a beast that cannot be contained and I have no doubts that the band will continue on the road of destruction. I wish them nothing but the best in the years to come.

Music is in my blood and I will continue making it with Old Gods and my solo effort, Malo Konjche. I will also be taking the opportunity to study film and film production in the fall; something I’ve been deeply passionate about for many years.

Life may lead me back to the Dillinger fold in the future, but for now I’ve decided to pursue these creative paths. The past six years have been amazing and I’m lucky to have made it out alive. I’ll never forget the time we shared on stage… the scars won’t let me.

-Jeff

Puciato’s post:

A Message To DEP Guitarist Jeff Tuttle
I’d like to take a second to give a personal thank you to Jeff Tuttle, a great musician who became a great friend and who has given The Dillinger Escape Plan his all over the last six years, and who now needs to follow his inner compass as it takes him towards other pursuits. This band isn’t always easy to be in, mentally, emotionally, and definitely not physically, and Jeff always stepped up in every situation and crushed anything this animal of a band demanded of him. Jeff, it’s been a pleasure having you in the trenches with us, and having you as a friend. You’ve been there through serious shit in my life and been a good ear on tour and a voice of reason whenever I’ve been losing my mind from personal issues, been a partner whenever I’ve decided that I wanted to do some insane 4am workout in a parking lot, and a fellow eater of breakfast at any time of day. I’m proud to have had you in the band and glad to have shared part of this crazy journey with you. You’ve scarred my mind with some of the most disturbing movies I’ve ever witnessed, and I hope to one day watch one that you make. Everyone give Jeff a round of applause for nearly killing himself onstage with us every night, and for somehow not ever attempting to kill the rest of us…I know we aren’t always easy to deal with. Thanks Jeff.

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