12 Songs, 42 Minutes


Ratings and Reviews

4.8 out of 5
339 Ratings
339 Ratings

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


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.


Killin it

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

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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