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Dance Gavin Dance is an American band formed in Sacramento, California in 2005.

The band is well known for their relatively frequent lineup changes, which, most notably, involves a fluctuating lineup of clean and unclean vocalists, both on tour and on record. Dance Gavin Dance incorporates many different musical genres into their palette, such as , , and on top of its sound. Ex-vocalist Jonny Craig also received high marks for contributing to the band’s unorthodox soul sound and guitarist Will Swan has been recognized for his intricate, fast-moving guitar licks and riffs.

The band currently consists of vocalists Tilian Pearson and Jon Mess, guitarists Will Swan and Josh Benton, bass guitarist Tim Feerick and drummer Matthew Mingus.

To date, the band has released five studio albums and one EP. Their most recent album, entitled Acceptance Speech was released on October 8, 2013.

November 14, 2006 - Whatever I Say Is Royal Ocean
May 15, 2007 - Downtown Battle Mountain
August 19, 2008 - Dance Gavin Dance
June 9, 2009 - Happiness
March 8, 2011 - Downtown Battle Mountain II
October 8, 2013 - Acceptance Speech.

All of Dance Gavin Dance’s records have been released on Rise Records.

Band Members:
Tilian Pearson - clean vocals (2012–present)
Jonathan Mess - screamed vocals (2005–2008; 2010–present)
Will Swan - guitars (2005–present); screamed vocals (2008–2010)
Tim Feerick – bass guitar (2009–2010; 2012–present)
Josh Benton - guitar (touring 2010-2012; 2012–present)
Matt Mingus - drums, percussion (2005–present).

Former Members:
Jason Ellis – bass guitar (2008–2009)


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  • stunnedpanda

    Kid Cousin

    4 hours ago Reply
  • MoogInRow

    just dropping by with new mewithoutYou new Refused

    6 hours ago Reply
  • HerFadingSmile

    I did a new vocal cover. it would be awesome if u could give me some feedback under the video. thanks.. .......

    Yesterday 1:28am Reply
  • Element_X

    i used to check old stats for dgd and damn that shit was active back in 2011. what happened you guys?

    Yesterday 6:25pm Reply
  • MoogInRow

    im not really much for production at all, if DGD wanna use different production then thats fine by me, i never really feel like production holds back anything, at least in most cases. i will agree that inaudible bass is something that pisses me off in a lot of production. its really all the experimental songwriting going on that makes me love AS a lot more than IG, but both are great as is.

    27 Apr 12:11am Reply
  • razcom

    Thanks kev I'll hook u up with something cool

    25 Apr 10:33pm Reply
  • mazalthan

    To add onto what @AColdDayInHell said, the record that Kris was recording/producing at around the same time as "Acceptance Speech" was "No Place." Which, IMO showcases one of the strongest production jobs he has ever done. Just listening to 4:22 on "No Nurture," that hard hitting, ambiance, felt lacking in Matt's production. Or even the intro to "Connector," everything instrumentally and vocally manages to be both raw as well as polished simultaneously.

    25 Apr 8:43pm Reply
  • xThisisdisaster Enjoy.

    25 Apr 7:55pm Reply
  • dopeness

    i still love AS. in fact i probably listened to it a lot more in the first few weeks than I did with IG. IG was great but i didn't feel the need to abuse the hell out of every track for some reason, except for maybe Variation

    25 Apr 7:39pm Reply
  • breakfasttime

    I think AColdDayInHell explained pretty well what I feel is wrong with the production in AS, plus the bass is just inaudible. IG's mixing is also a bit different from pre-AS DGD albuns, but it's much less noticeable than AS.

    25 Apr 7:16pm Reply
  • razcom

    Still want those instrumentals

    25 Apr 6:05pm Reply
  • razcom

    I love both AS and IG so much, AS offers a more indie vibe (at least in Tilians part) which is a cool side of DGD. I think those 2 albums go well together actually.

    25 Apr 6:05pm Reply
  • AColdDayInHell

    Nah, I think it's the drums and the vocal recording/mixing that makes it sound so non-DGD. The guitars are definitely good, but it lacks Kris Crummets touch. He has this way of making bands like this sound super smooth while still sounding SOMEWHAT organic yet not, it's hard to explain it. The drums are way too beefy for their sound, Tilian sounds so overproduced as well. It's not BAD per se, it's just not optimal for DGD's sound. Also IG > AS, but AS has some great songs as well, but overall not as good imo.

    25 Apr 5:46pm Reply
  • avanillasky

    I don't produce records for a living and I have minimal knowledge of in-studio trickery, but I've never understood why people say that the production on AS is weak. It still feels very much like a DGD record. The drums sound slightly more hollowed out and there's two or three instances where experimentation took over but the songs and dare I say production are still vintage DGD. If people didn't know that Malpass produced it instead of Krummet, no one would be saying a thing about how the production was handles and they'd judge AS based off of quality alone, like every other DGD album.

    25 Apr 4:42pm Reply
  • Collaide

    No way. AS > IG

    25 Apr 3:15pm Reply
  • Element_X

    why are people even trying to argue? ig > as

    25 Apr 1:37pm Reply
  • breakfasttime

    I think AS had the potential to be better than IG, but the production totally ruins the experience for me.

    25 Apr 4:40am Reply
  • MoogInRow

    i like Carve better, but Shark Dad is greatness too

    25 Apr 3:19am Reply
  • frenchdad

    still dunno what goes harder, carve or shark dad. still soaking in the glory of the new album and my rad-ass preorder bundle finally came today. just waiting on that written lyric sheet now.

    25 Apr 12:55am Reply
  • avanillasky

    I'm surprised how often they come to South Florida (they've been here twice in the past month alone, supporting Capture the Crown, and their headlining set from last night) given that they're literally from the opposite side of the country. Forever grateful.

    25 Apr 12:36am Reply
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