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Biography

  • Years Active

    2005 – present (17 years)

  • Founded In

    Sacramento, Sacramento County, California, United States

  • Members

    • Eric Lodge (2005 – 2012)
    • Jason Ellis (2008 – 2009)
    • Jon Mess (2005 – present)
    • Jonny Craig (2005 – 2012)
    • Josh Benton (2010 – 2014)
    • Kurt Travis (2007 – 2010)
    • Matt Mingus (2005 – present)
    • Sean O'Sullivan (2006 – 2007)
    • Tilian Pearson (2012 – present)
    • Tim Feerick (2009 – present)
    • Will Swan (2005 – 2010)
    • Zachary Garren (2007 – 2010)

Dance Gavin Dance is an American band formed in Sacramento, California, United States in 2005, out of the ashes of Farewell Unknown and Left Apart.

The band is well known for their relatively frequent lineup changes, which, most notably, involves a fluctuating lineup of 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 vocalist Jon Mess, guitarists Will Swan and Andrew Wells and drummer Matthew Mingus.

To date, the band has released ten studio albums, two live albums and one EP. Their most recent album, entitled Jackpot Juicer was released in 2022.

Discography:
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
April 14, 2015 - Instant Gratification
October 7, 2016 - Mothership
June 8, 2018 - Artificial Selection
April 24, 2020 - Afterburner
July 29, 2022 - Jackpot Juicer

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

Band Members:
Jonathan Mess - harsh vocals (2005–2008; 2010–present)
Will Swan - guitars (2005–present); harsh vocals (2008–2010), bass guitar (2022-present)
Matt Mingus - drums, percussion (2005–present)
Andrew Wells - guitars, clean vocals, bass guitar (2021-present; touring 2015-2021)
Sergio Medina - rhythm guitar, bass guitar (touring 2021-present)

Former Members:
Jonny Craig – clean vocals (2005–2007; 2010–2012; touring 2015, 2016)
Kurt Travis – clean & harsh vocals (2007–2010; touring 2012, 2015, 2016)
Alvaro Alcala – guitar (2005-2006)
Sean O'Sullivan – guitar (2006–2007; touring 2010)
Zachary Garren – guitar (2007–2010; touring 2015)
Josh Benton - guitar (2010-2014)
Eric Lodge – bass guitar (2005–2008; 2010–2012)
Jason Ellis – bass guitar (2008–2009)
Tim Feerick – bass guitar (2009–2010; 2012–2022; died 2022)
Tilian Pearson - clean vocals (2012–2022)

Former touring members:
Matt Geise – clean vocals (2012)
Dan Snook – guitar (2010)
Aric Garcia - guitar (2014-2015)
Alex Whitcomb - guitar (2015)
Tony Marks – bass guitar (2010)
Jordan McCoy – bass guitar (2011–2012)

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