The hardcore punk five-piece the Dillinger Escape Plan formed in 1997 as an act against typical pop music and an aim to redefine punk. Originally starting off as a trio with guitarist Ben Weinman, vocalist Dimiitri Minakakis, and drummer Chris Pennie, the Dillinger Escape Plan began playing basements and house parties in order to get their name around. Bassist Adam Doll soon joined and the band set out to compose their own material, finally issuing the independent self-titled mini-album. Their live shows were notoriously energetic and this caught the eye of former Jesuit guitarist Brian Benoit, who was asked to join in 1998 after original guitarist John had left the band the previous year. Under the Running Board EP was issued in fall 1998, with Calculating Infinity and a tour with Mr. Bungle following in 1999. A self-titled third album appeared in summer 2000.