Dillinger Four

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Dillinger Four
Dillnger Four performing in 2006
Dillnger Four performing in 2006
Background information
OriginMinneapolis, Minnesota, U.S.
Years active1994–present
LabelsHopeless, No Idea, Fat Wreck Chords
MembersPatrick Costello
Erik Funk
Bill Morrisette
Lane Pederson
Past membersSloan Lorsung

Dillinger Four is an American punk rock band formed in 1994 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. They have released four full-length studio albums. Since 1996,[3] the band's lineup has been Patrick Costello on bass guitar and vocals, Erik Funk and Bill Morrisette[4] on guitars and vocals, and Lane Pederson on drums.[5]


The group was formed 1994 by guitarist Erik Funk and bassist Patrick Costello. The pair originally played together in a short lived but much beloved hardcore band from Chicago called Angerhouse. Angerhouse broke up after Funk moved to Minneapolis for college. When Costello later followed, Dillinger Four was born.

The original lineup, which also included guitarist Sloan Lorsung and drummer Lane Pedersen, released the 1995 debut 7" single Higher Aspirations: Tempered and Dismantled. Lorsung was replaced by Bill Morrisette before the 1996 follow-up EP The Kids Are All Dead. A series of subsequent singles and compilation appearances were later collected on 1999's This Shit is Genius. In June 1998, Dillinger Four joined As Friends Rust and Discount on a leg of their American tour.[6][7]

In the mid-'90s, the band was signed to California hardcore label Hopeless Records on the strength of what Hopeless founder Louis Posen called its "international following."[8] The label released Dillinger Four's first two full-length records, 1998's Midwestern Songs of the Americas and 2000's Versus God. The band moved to Fat Wreck Chords for 2002's Situationist Comedy and 2008's Civil War.[9]

Funk founded and co-owned the influential Minneapolis music venue Triple Rock Social Club, which opened in 1998 and closed in 2017. Dillinger Four played the venue's final concert in November 2017.[10]

Honors and awards[edit]

Star honoring Dillinger Four on the outside mural of the Minneapolis nightclub First Avenue

Dillinger Four has been honored with a star on the outside mural of the Minneapolis nightclub First Avenue,[11] recognizing performers that have played sold-out shows or have otherwise demonstrated a major contribution to the culture at the iconic venue.[12] Receiving a star "might be the most prestigious public honor an artist can receive in Minneapolis," according to journalist Steve Marsh.[13]


Studio albums[edit]

Live albums[edit]

  • Live at First Avenue (2003)
  • The End. Live At The Death Of The Triple Rock (2020)

Compilation albums[edit]


  • Higher Aspirations: Tempered and Dismantled (Cerebellum Records, 1995)
  • The Kids Are All Dead (Cerebellum Records, 1996)
  • More Songs About Girlfriends and Bubblegum (Mutant Pop Records, 1997)
  • D4! The Bootleg (Chadwick Records, 2010)

Split releases[edit]

Compilation appearances[edit]



  1. ^ a b Ozzi, Dan (November 26, 2015). "In Dillinger Four We Trust". Vice. Retrieved July 31, 2022.
  2. ^ Frankel, Ricky. "Dillenger Four - Midwestern Songs Of The Americas". Punknews.org. Retrieved July 31, 2022.
  3. ^ "Dillinger Four Biography – ARTISTdirect Music". www.artistdirect.com. Retrieved January 24, 2018.
  4. ^ Punknews.org. "Dillinger Four". Punknews.org. Retrieved January 24, 2018.
  5. ^ Sutherland, Sam."The Comforts of Dillinger Four", Exclaim!, November 2008.
  6. ^ Prenger, Joe (September 5, 1998). Interview with Damien Moyal of As Friends Rust and Culture. Netherlands: Reflections. pp. 40–44.
  7. ^ Julien, Alexandre (January 10, 2020). "As Friends Rust - A skeletal repository of As Friends Rust's timeline". Abridged Pause Blog. Archived from the original on May 6, 2022. Retrieved May 6, 2022.
  8. ^ Richardson, Jake. "11 Things Hopeless Records Has Taught Us Over the Past 25 Years". Kerrang!. London. Retrieved July 25, 2020.
  9. ^ Ankeny, Jason. Dillinger Four at AllMusic. Retrieved July 25, 2020.
  10. ^ Lunney, Tigger (November 22, 2017). "The Triple Rock ends its 19-year run with Dillinger Four and Negative Approach". City Pages. Minneapolis. Retrieved July 25, 2020.
  11. ^ "The Stars". First Avenue & 7th Street Entry. Retrieved May 10, 2020.
  12. ^ Bream, Jon (May 3, 2019). "10 things you'll learn about First Avenue in new Minnesota History Center show". Star Tribune. Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota. Retrieved May 10, 2020.
  13. ^ Marsh, Steve (May 13, 2019). "First Avenue's Star Wall". Mpls.St.Paul Magazine. Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota. Retrieved May 10, 2020.