Dance Gavin Dance are back with a bang. After weeks of teasing, the Sacramento post-hardcore juggernaut has returned with the first single (and music video) from their eighth studio album Artificial Selection, due out June 8th on Rise Records. The new track is called “Midnight Crusade”, and is sure to thrill longtime fans and new converts alike, as the group’s signature brand of quirky intensity is present in full force.
Having been around for more than a decade, it’s difficult to find someone who hasn’t heard of Dance Gavin Dance. With a catalog boasting six full length albums, an EP, and a festival recording, this comes as no surprise; however, these post-hardcore juggernauts haven’t had the easiest ride. Three vocalists have contributed singing over eleven years. Their original vocalist, Jonny Craig, and his replacement, Kurt Travis, both appeared on two albums respectively, though not in a consistent order. Jonny departed in 2007, only to return in 2010 as his replacement’s replacement alongside co-founder, dual frontman, Jon Mess, who had left in 2008. Following Jonny’s second departure, the position has since been filled by ex-Tides Of Man singer, Tilian Pearson, and this one seems permanent.