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I know it's 5 stars from me but...

Hear me out. Even with the first single, I know the rest of this album will have 0 fault. Just good ole DGD at their finest. SHUT UP AND TAKE MY MONEY

Killin it

Will Swan was all like "swiggity swooty" and then Jon Mess was all "we comin fo' dat booty"

Dance Gavin Dance is evolving, and it's sweeter than ever.

Being a long term fan of Dance Gavin Dance, I have seen the gradual changes that have taken place in the band. Vocalists coming and going, albums being super experimental, but this album actually provoked a bit of concern for me.

The arrival of Happiness landmarks, debatably the most experimental and whimsical album that has yet been released. With its vibrant funk and interpersonal focus, it evokes human feelings and life states such as heartbreak, anger, lust, companionship; ultimately leaving the listener with a bundle of energetic happiness at the end of the day, past whatever happening that we may face. Happiness was very experimental, and Dance Gavin Dance attempted to wade forward and tamper with a certain sound that appears within the new album.

Instant Gratification has a distinct different sound. Straying from the loud, intricate, grandiose instrumentation that was present on a variety of different of past songs and albums (Purple Reign, Swan Soup, Powder to the People, NASA or the entire Downtown Battle Mountain 2 album, just to name a few) DGD makes a progression into a more straight forward, tightly knit sound. You can hear the guitar, not being the centerpiece, but melding into the bass guitar riding on the bass drum as present in Eagle vs Crows or the Cuddler. Tillian's vocals blend surprisingly well to a happy, but sometimes aggressive, lukewarm funky groove that inspired the band with the album.

Instant Gratification has a more straightforward surge sound. However, Matt Mingus' and Will Swan's musical niche distinctly still gives Dance Gavin Dance a taste like no other. Employing a playful near aggressive groove, Instant Gratification strongly embodies experiment and progression at its finest for DGD. All songs, no matter how far they deviate or ruminate with the traditional sound, sound like they are relevant and "something new."

Dance Gavin Dance Instantly Gratifies with a seemingly new, but impressive throwback sound. And even through we witness the death of the strawberry, the album, littered with tasty seeds, may be the band's most sweetest album yet.


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 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...
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