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Dance Gavin Dance

Dance Gavin Dance: Dance Gavin DanceDance Gavin Dance (2008)
Rise Records

Reviewer Rating: 3


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Dance Gavin Dance are back with a new album and new members. Gone are Jonny Craig and Sean O'Sullivan. Kurt Travis and Zac Garren now handle vocals and guitars, respectively. Also along for the ride on a few tracks are a slew of guest artists including members of the Deftones and Gatsbys American D.
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Dance Gavin Dance are back with a new album and new members. Gone are Jonny Craig and Sean O'Sullivan. Kurt Travis and Zac Garren now handle vocals and guitars, respectively. Also along for the ride on a few tracks are a slew of guest artists including members of the Deftones and Gatsbys American Dream.

The first thing that struck me while listening to DGD's self-titled album is how much stronger the tracks with guest vocalists are compared to the rest of the album. "Uneasy Hearts Weigh the Most" continues to be my favorite cut off the album and features Nic Newsham of Gatsbys American Dream. The song is breezy, laid back, and easily the most accessible track on the album. Another strong track is "Rock Solid" featuring Matt Geise of Lower Definition. Starting off very angry, the opening gives way to a conversation between Geise and Travis ending with arguably DGD's best lyrical hook: "Raise your hand if the system has missed you, your money ain't gone as far as it used to." Chino Moreno of Deftones fame stops by to add some vocals to the chorus of "Caviar."

For as many tracks as DGD does right on their sophmore album, there are a few things holding this album back in my mind. First, lyrically some of the tracks are lacking. "Uneasy Hearts Weigh the Most" contains an absolutely pointless bridge with lyrics that ramp the cheeziness factor up to 10. Second, some songs seem to meander away from their strong points. For example, "Me and Zoloft Get Along Just Fine" contains a fantastic chorus that is not used nearly enough and really shows the weakness of the rest of the song. The same is true of "Caviar," which features good guitar work and verses, but falters during the chorus and ultimately wastes Moreno's talents.

Also, I found the screaming of Jon Mess detracted a lot from many of the songs. His screaming is not nearly gutteral enough for me and comes across as weak sounding. My lack of enthusiasm for Mess's screaming style is probably what prevented me from enjoying tracks he dominates such as "Alex English" and "Hot Water on Wool."

Overall, Dance Gavin Dance has released a solid sophmore album with some really good tracks and some not-so-good tracks. If you are a fan of Fear Before (it pains me to type that horrendous name) and the like, you will most likely enjoy Dance Gavin Dance's self-titled sophmore effort.

 

 
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TheStarlord (September 13, 2014)

One of the best records of the past 10 years.

ljejr (February 23, 2009)

one of the best most unique new bands def worth a listen great live show funny personalties great sense of realness and humor. and btw actually got talent

bryne (October 29, 2008)

Z-A-C does not spell Zac.

ozmanx (October 29, 2008)

Score is for anyone actually named Gavin.

himandhisdevotee (October 28, 2008)

this album would've been good..but it feels like their song writing was lacking and then the songs on there i could've done without. i agree with the old screamer's vocals. yeah, anything guttural, or something more powerful for this band wouldn't make it better but dude is just bad with his flow and timing. his writing just didn't work and hopefully since he's gone the next record will sound better. kurt travis did a good job in my opinion, even though i'm kinda biased towards him since i use to be really into his old band fiveminuteride.

diplodocuscore (October 28, 2008)

this band is alright. i'd like to see them live if it weren't for the crowd i know would dominate there. the screaming is good man, who the fuck likes guttural shit in this style of music? that shit lacks emotion.

score is for chino's song being named "caviar" because it fits the established aesthetic of the deftones and his voice so perfectly.

Johnny_J (October 28, 2008)

For all the shitty, overrated "nu-screamo" bands out there or whatever you wanna call it, this band is a lot more talented, and tolerable, than most. Decent album, good review.

mattp330 (October 28, 2008)

really enjoyed this album. score is for the death star

inagreendase (October 28, 2008)

Reviewer didn't mention how ridiculously proggy their guitarists have gotten.

For being a really typical new-era screamy band, they're sort of tolerable.

The Gatsbys song is pretty good, but then again, Nic Newsham usually makes anything high-quality.

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