Dance Gavin Dance is a band that hails from Sacramento, California and they have been together since 2005. Their sound is described as a mix of screamo, funk, soul, and hardcore rock. They have already released 5 albums and been touring nonstop since they burst onto the music scene. They have sold lots of records and have a strong loyal fan base. Their latest album “Acceptance Speech” is already receiving critical praise and creating a lot of buzz for the band.
The instrumentals are the strong point of the album and half of the vocals. The album is filled with lots of talented and creative guitar and bass play to make this fast paced album a rock treat to listen. As for the vocals, I was a bit torn. I loved the melodic singing by Tilian, but cringed at all the yelling done by John Mess because I felt it was unnecessary and could not understand what was being said. Also, I felt the album lacked variety and would have liked to have seen some different sides of the band.
The duelling vocalist idea is pretty cool, but it is did not sound very well when it is screaming versus singing. This is a talented band that can expand their fan base with the mentioned changes. I am curious to hear John Mess sing instead of screaming to see how much of a difference their songs would sound. If you like rock, this might be the album for you, but I was not too pleased with the flaws. For those reasons, I am giving this album a “C-.”