Summer camp connects Maroon 5 and Dillinger Escape Plan

Stylistically, recording artists Maroon 5 and Dillinger Escape Plan couldn’t be more at odds. Maroon 5 is a pop band from L.A. that has sold more than 15 million records with a catchy radio sound while New Jersey’s Dillinger Escape Plan’s brand of mathcore would never be called “radio friendly” by top 40 standards.

But back before either band was even a thought, Maroon 5’s Adam Levine and Dillinger Escape Plan’s Ben Weinman jammed to Pearl Jam at summer camp, according to Twitter.

The novelty of this random summer-camp connection hasn’t been lost on the blogosphere.

“This is just too strange,” wrote Chris Harris, on the metal blog Gun Shy Assassin. “This is like learning that Britney Spears and that Marta chick from Bleeding Through were in an arts and crafts class when they were kids…and that they used to sleep over each others’ houses and have pillow fights.”

Zach Shaw echoed a similar sentiment on Metal Insider:

“We never thought we’d ever mention pop rockers Maroon 5 in the same breath as mathcore favorites DEP, let alone to find out that members from each group actually jammed together at one point in their lives. It’s nice, though, that Levne (sic) gave his old buddy’s band a shout out via Twitter.”

Matt Ralph

Matt Ralph

I'm the editor of Summer Camp Culture and also blog at and I live in the Philadelphia area and went to camps and camp meetings growing up in Ohio, Maryland and New Jersey.

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