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Acceptance Speech

Dance Gavin Dance

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Album Review

Featuring elements of post-hardcore, jazz fusion, progressive rock, and screamo, Dance Gavin Dance are a band whose evolution feels more about refining their sound than expanding it. On Acceptance Speech, their fifth album, the band returns with new clean vocalist Tilian Pearson making his debut. Given the revolving door of vocalists the band has seen, longtime fans will no doubt have their own personal favorite vocal pairings, but on his maiden voyage with Dance Gavin Dance, Pearson nails it. Combined with the intricate guitar work at play in the songs, Pearson's voice soars, providing a lightness that offsets a knotty complexity that might otherwise become overwhelming, if not exhausting, in its absence. All told, Acceptance Speech is an album that helps to maintain the status quo for Dance Gavin Dance, making minor adjustments to their sound while mostly staying the course, making for an album that should please longtime fans of the band.

Customer Reviews

Dance Gavin Dance is back and better than ever.

There is definitely a change in style here, but that isn't very surprising being that has happened with every album they have released. From what I've heard so far with "The Robot with Human Hair pt. 4", this is way better than I had expected. If you have an inhibitions, this will definitly grown on you after the first few listens. I can hardly wait for the entire album to release.

Noice

Gonna be a good album, I'm sure. I wish they made The Robot with Human Hair Pt. 4 purchasable on iTunes since Rise already released it months ago.

Tillian is amazing!

I'll never get tired of DGD since they always keep changing for the better. This album is them at their best.

Biography

Formed: 2005 in Sacramento, CA

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Emo-leaning and volatile post-hardcore outfit Dance Gavin Dance, who were somewhat similar to peers Chiodos and the Fall of Troy, featured former members of Farewell Unknown and Ghost Runner on Third, two alums of Seattle's Less Avenged Records. The Sacramento crew comprised vocalists Jonny Craig (later replaced by Kurt Travis) and Jonathan Mess, guitarists Will Swan and Sean O'Sullivan, bassist Eric Lodge, and drummer Matt Mingus. The sextet hooked up with Rise Records in 2006...
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