11 Songs, 44 Minutes


Ratings and Reviews

4.6 out of 5
305 Ratings
305 Ratings
DanceTasaDance ,

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.

fatedLights ,


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.

smcg2013 ,

Dance Gavin Dance at their absolute best!

Since 2011, DGD has struggled to find the best replacement for their previous clean vocalist, Jonny Craig, the rough around the edges vocal god who seemed to be the "alcohol mixed glue" that held the band together musically. In 2012, Craig was kicked out because of past problems with alcohol and drugs, which sub sequentially left the band in a tough spot. DGD's style of music is unlike any other, and their sound must have elements that compliment each other just right. At the beginning of 2013, DGD prepared to rush back into the studio to record their sixth album, this time, with Tides of Man's very own Tilian Pearson. This high pitched vocalist took right to the style of DGD, and fit the bill for their unique sound and spin on the alternative genre.

Acceptance Speech is, in the nicest of words, a tornado of different emotions translated into music. From the guitar sprinkled riffs in Turn Off the Lights, I'm Watching Back to the Future Pt. II, to the heavy vocals from Jon Mess in Demo Team, Acceptance Speech reaches out to so many different sounds that the seasoned DGD fan will respect. Granted, Tilian's more high pitched vocals are an abrupt change from Craig's soulful sound, but this change does not hinder the talent that Dance Gavin Dance has. Overall, I absolutely love the lineup currently, and think of this album as a brand new start for Dance Gavin Dance. It was a shame to see Craig go, and maybe some fans preferred Kurt's style of vocals, but DGD has a bright future ahead of them. Acceptance Speech can best be described as this: a catalyst for some of the best work DGD will ever accomplish.

About Dance Gavin Dance

Volatile post-hardcore outfit Dance Gavin Dance deliver thrashing, emo-leaning anthems performed over the years by a frequently shifting lineup that has featured former members of Farewell Unknown and Ghost Runner on Third. The Sacramento crew originally comprised vocalists Jonny Craig 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 and debuted that November with the EP Whatever I Say Is Royal Ocean. Their first LP, Downtown Battle Mountain, arrived the next year. Before releasing their self-titled sophomore follow-up in 2008, Craig left the band and was briefly replaced by Kurt Travis. Mess and Lodge also parted ways with the band, with Swan taking over screaming vocals and Jason Ellis as the new bassist. Happiness, their third album, was released in 2009. The lineup changes continued the next year, with Mess and Lodge returning to the band, bringing along guitarist Josh Benton. Jonny Craig returned for a moment, relieving Travis of his vocal duties. That incarnation of the band released Downtown Battle Mountain II, the sequel to their debut. The reunion wouldn't last long, however, as Craig split yet again in 2012. Tilian Pearson (ex-Tides of Man) was brought on in 2013, just in time for their fifth album, Acceptance Speech. Their highest-charting album to date was issued a year later. Instant Gratification peaked at number 32 on the Billboard 200 upon its release in April 2015. The band embarked on a tenth anniversary tour later that year. In 2016, they released their second live album, Tree City Sessions, which included tracks from each of their six albums, and marked the return of Josh Benton on guitar and production duties. That same year saw the arrival of the band's seventh studio long-player, Mothership, which featured the singles "Chucky vs. The Giant Tortoise" and "Betrayed by the Game." The set debuted at 13 on the Billboard 200. After touring ended, they promptly returned to the studio to record a follow-up. Artificial Selection arrived in 2018. The effort featured singles "Son of a Robot" and "Care," as well as guest vocalists Andrew Wells ("Evaporate") and former bandmate Travis ("Shelf Life"). ~ Corey Apar & Neil Z. Yeung

Sacramento, CA




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