Drum Corps Alums Bring Corps Influence To Rock Record
Two drum corps hornline alumni play on the most recent album by the Dillinger Escape Plan; a famous “mathcore” metal band who burst into the mainstream last week with their latest album “One of Us is the Killer” which debuted at #25 on the Billboard “Top 200” chart. The album also debuted at #6 on the Billboard Top Rock Albums chart, and at #1 on the Billboard Hard Rock Albums chart.
Professional brass players Joe “Tuba Joe” Exley (Blue Devils Contra 1991-1992, Phantom Regiment 1990) and Patrick Dougherty (Blue Devils Upper Lead Trumpet 2000, Crossmen 1998-1999) were brought in to play and help orchestrate corps-like “brass power chord” sections to several songs on the album, as well as other sounds, adding a new depth to Dillinger’s trademark asymmetrical multimeter rhythms and aggressive metal style. Exley plays tuba and valve trombone on the album, and Dougherty plays flugelhorn and trumpet. The band is also using tracks of both Exley and Dougherty in their sold-out live shows as well.