Categories :

Similar artists

Albums

CD$12.99

Rock - Released June 8, 2018 | Rise Records

The follow-up to 2016's Mothership, which peaked at number 13 on the Billboard 200, Artificial Selection is the eighth studio long-player from the volatile Sacramento, California-based post-hardcore outfit. The group's third consecutive release with the same lineup, the 14-track set, which includes the single "Midnight Crusade," was co-produced by Kris Crummett, Erik Ron, Dryw Owens, and the band, and features guest spots from Eidola vocalist and guitarist Andrew Wells, Strawberry Girls guitarist Zachary Garren, and Secret Band guitarist Martin Bianchini, among others. ~ James Christopher Monger
CD$12.99

Rock - Released October 7, 2016 | Rise Records

The post-hardcore legends' much anticipated seventh studio long-player and follow-up to 2015's well-received Instant Gratification and their 2016 live studio album Tree City Sessions, Mothership finds Dance Gavin Dance delivering a hard-charging 13-song set. Preceded by a pair of strong singles in "Chucky vs. The Giant Tortoise" and "Betrayed by the Game," and an animated video for the song "Young Robot", the Rise Records-issued LP peaked at number 13 on the U.S. Billboard 200 chart upon its release. ~ James Christopher Monger
CD$12.99

Rock - Released August 30, 2019 | Rise Records

CD$12.99

Rock - Released April 10, 2015 | Rise Records

The sixth studio long-player from the Sacramento-based post-hardcore unit, the Rise-issued Instant Gratification is also Dance Gavin Dance's first release in eight years to feature the same pair of scream/clean vocalists that appeared on the prior outing (Jon Mess and Tilian Pearson both lent their talents to 2013's Acceptance Speech). Produced by Kris Crummett, the 12-track set, which includes the singles "On the Run" and "We Own the Night," also features contributions from Strawberry Girls guitarist Zachary Garren, Secret Band guitarist Martin Bianchini, and Hail the Sun guitarist and touring member Aric Garcia. ~ James Christopher Monger
CD$12.99

Rock - Released May 15, 2007 | Rise Records

Like many bands hoping to survive the burning wreckage of emo-screamo's Hindenburg, Sacramento, CA's Dance Gavin Dance play the "eclectic" card on their 2007 debut album, Downtown Battle Mountain, an album that verges on the loaded tag of "progressive," it's so far removed from those genres' distant roots in good old-fashioned hardcore. In fact, hardcore's minimalist ethos also couldn't be further from Dance Gavin Dance's unapologetic virtuosity and unorthodox song structures, which encompass ever-shifting time signatures, dizzyingly complex interplay between rhythm and lead guitar licks, and two separate vocalists tackling beauty and the beast roles simultaneously. And yet, not even all of these instrumental acrobatics can mask the record's maddening inconsistency, and for every striking piece of writing like "Lemon Meringue Tie," "Antlion," and "Open Your Eyes and Look North," there are equally forgettable exercises such as "Strawberry André" and "The Backwards Pumpkin Song" (what's with the fruit theme, anyway?). Also, even if you normally despise Cookie Monster vocals, co-frontman Jonny Craig's regularly hysterical yelping may change your mind forever (he actually sounds like Michael Jackson in the bottom of his range!). But hey, this sort of thing worked wonders for the similarly grating Circa Survive (maybe the girls can feel the singer's vulnerability when his voice cracks on the higher notes), and song titles like "It's Safe to Say You Dig the Backseat" and "Surprise! I'm from Cuba, Everyone Has One Brain" might work as diversionary tactics to distract kids from the inconsistent music itself. Whatever the outcome, Dance Gavin Dance are walking a fine line between paving the way to the future and frying to a crisp with that big old flaming zeppelin. ~ Eduardo Rivadavia
CD$12.99

Rock - Released March 7, 2011 | Rise Records

Dance Gavin Dance's fifth album sees the original lineup from the group's debut back intact. Fans might have their own favorite singers and screamers from the band's discography, so it's a personal opinion whether or not Jonny Craig and Jon Mess are the strongest duo. Craig's expressive melodic singing is a fine fit and counterpoint to the aggressive hard rock of his bandmates. Mess doesn't fare as well. His high-pitched, frazzled wailing is mostly unintelligible. On many tracks, he growls gratingly about basketball or other subjects seemingly unrelated to the given song. The 11 songs of Downtown Battle Mountain II don't stray far from a Linkin Park meets screamo formula, though "Blue Dream" bizarrely introduces lite funk and soul passages. It's a par for the course screamo affair at best, with Craig's vocal prowess begging for more interesting song structures and more mature subject matter from his screaming partner. ~ Tim DiGravina
CD$12.99

Rock - Released October 7, 2013 | Rise Records

Featuring elements of post-hardcore, jazz fusion, progressive rock, and screamo, Dance Gavin Dance are a band whose evolution feels more about refining their sound than expanding it. On Acceptance Speech, their fifth album, the band returns with new clean vocalist Tilian Pearson making his debut. Given the revolving door of vocalists the band has seen, longtime fans will no doubt have their own personal favorite vocal pairings, but on his maiden voyage with Dance Gavin Dance, Pearson nails it. Combined with the intricate guitar work at play in the songs, Pearson's voice soars, providing a lightness that offsets a knotty complexity that might otherwise become overwhelming, if not exhausting, in its absence. All told, Acceptance Speech is an album that helps to maintain the status quo for Dance Gavin Dance, making minor adjustments to their sound while mostly staying the course, making for an album that should please longtime fans of the band. ~ Gregory Heaney
CD$12.99

Rock - Released June 9, 2009 | Rise Records

Tech-heavy, Sacramento-based progressive metal outfit Dance Gavin Dance's third album bristles with the kind of overachiever eclecticism that's as impressive as it is divisive. The band's penchant for death metal scream-infused verses and poppy, alternative rock choruses feels more accessible this time around, but a significant lack of hooks keeps these ten songs from sticking to the roof of your mouth. At its best, ("Nasa," "I'm Down with Brown Town," "Don't Tell Dave") Happiness feels like a mash-up of the best parts of Fishbone, Protest the Hero, and Chiodos, but too often it descends into the nasally realm of high school emo ("Tree Village," "Powder to the People"), requiring far too much work on the listener's part to warrant the meager return on the investment. ~ James Christopher Monger
CD$11.49

Alternative & Indie - Released August 18, 2010 | Rise Records

CD$12.99

Rock - Released August 19, 2008 | Rise Records

With rhythmically complex acoustic-electric show-stoppers like “Caviar,” and the near prog-rock intros of “Robot with Human Hair” and “Alex English,” Sacramento-based band Dance Gavin Dance poke at the accepted parameters of hardcore, while upholding the genre’s standards of riffage and howl. This second full-length album expands on the promise of their 2007 debut, with a slightly punchier and more direct production, and a passel of strong songs.
CD$12.99

Rock - Released May 31, 2019 | Rise Records

CD$12.99

Rock - Released May 13, 2016 | Rise Records

Californian post-hardcore crew Dance Gavin Dance released their second live album, Tree City Sessions (Rise Records), in May 2016. Recorded in their hometown of Sacramento at Pus Cavern studio, Tree City Sessions includes tracks from each of the band's six studio albums, including a pair from 2015's Instant Gratification, which peaked on the Billboard 200 at number 32. Former rhythm guitarist Josh Benton returns for the majority of the record and also helped produce. Tree City Sessions debuted at number 137 the week of its release. ~ Neil Z. Yeung
CD$12.99

Rock - Released July 26, 2019 | Rise Records

CD$1.49

Rock - Released March 22, 2019 | Rise Records

CD$12.99

Rock - Released June 28, 2019 | Rise Records

CD$2.49

Rock - Released June 21, 2019 | Rise Records

CD$12.99

Rock - Released August 30, 2019 | Rise Records

CD$1.49

Rock - Released June 15, 2017 | Rise Records

CD$1.49

Rock - Released November 17, 2018 | Rise Records

CD$1.49

Alternative & Indie - Released July 19, 2019 | Fearless Records