In 2002 THE DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN was without a vocalist and began a nationwide search for a new frontman. During that search, Mike Patton (Faith No More Mr Bungle vocalist) agreed to help the band produce an EP and handled vocal duties.
The group released this EP via Epitaph Records, titled Irony Is a Dead Scene which has sold over 65,000 units. The recording features guitarist Ben Weinman, drummer Chris Pennie, guitarist Brian Benoit, bassist Liam Wilson, and Mike Patton on vocals, with ex-bassist Adam Doll assisting with keyboards and sample effects. The EP contains three original songs and a cover of the Aphex Twin’s “Come to Daddy.”