Album: Ire Works (2007)

Songfacts®:

  • This was the song that Dillinger Escape Plan used to audition drummers when Chris Pennie left to join Coheed and Cumbria. They chose "Lurch" as it was the most difficult track on Ire Works to play drum-wise. Frontman Greg Puciato recalled to TeamRock: "We sent [the song] to all these drummers and they sent back these really hack versions of it. I won't name any names, but there were some drummers who are really high profile who sent us back versions of 'Lurch' that weren't even f---ing close. And we really started to believe that we were never going to be able to be a band without Chris Pennie because he was such a phenom."

    Finally, Puciato got a call from Stolen Babies drummer Gil Sharone. "It was two in the morning my time, because I lived on the East Coast at that point and I was like 'Who is this California number calling me?' and I answered it and it was Gil," he recalled. "He said, 'I got your number from Chris Hornbrook [Poison The Well at the time, currently Big Black Delta] and I can play this "Lurch" song – I heard it this morning'. And I just said, 'Well, let me know when you think you can send something in' and he said 'I'm just going to put you on speakerphone, sit down at the drums and play it. Right now.' He put the phone down and just f--king blazed through it. He just murdered it. So I was like 'Hey, man, can you hang on a second?' and I put him on hold and called Ben (Weinman, guitar) on three-way and got Gil to play it again – and that was it."

    The band recruited Sharone to play on Ire Works on the basis of hearing that one song being played through the speaker phone and he successfully handled drum duties for the album.

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