Dance Gavin Dance Release New Album AFTERBURNER Tops Charts For A Second Time Following Physical Release

Pro-Shot, Multi-Camera
Sells Over 9,000 Tickets
Tuesday, July 21st, 2020 – Dance Gavin Dance have shot to the top of the charts once again following the physical release of their latest album, Afterburner (out now on Rise Records). The album has hit the #1 spot on Billboard’s Vinyl, Internet, Alternative, Rock, Hard Music and Independent Current Albums as well as hitting #3 on the Top Albums, Top Current Albums charts and re-entering the Top 200 at #47 (having originally debuted at #14 when the digital-only version was released). The album has sold the equivalent of nearly 60,000 copies in the US alone since its digital release back in April and has clocked up 51 million streams worldwide and can be found here.
Dance Gavin Dance celebrated the physical release of Afterburner with a very special streamed, pro-shot, multi camera Album Release Show to which 9000 fans bought a ticket and witnessed the band play a hit-heavy setlist featuring some of the new songs from Afterburner live for the very first time. The band also unveiled the brand new music video for track One In A Million. Directed by Rob Shaw (Portlandia, At The Drive In), the animated short takes viewers on a weird and wonderful psychedelic adventure. Watch the video here or by clicking on the image below.
Dance Gavin Dance - One In A Million (Official Music Video)
Dance Gavin Dance were faced with a difficult choice back in April when the release date for their 9th studio album was set. They could either push back the release date altogether in order to allow for the COVID-19 induced manufacturing shut-down and release the album both digitally and physically or, give fans the album they had been waiting patiently to hear and go ahead with a digital only release on the agreed date, forfeiting the sizeable physical pre-order sales contribution to their week 1 chart positions. The band chose their fans over a chart position and released the digital-only version of the album on April 24th.
In a hugely impressive turn of events, Dance Gavin Dance once again proved their undeniable popularity as Afterburner (Rise Records) soared straight to the top of the charts hitting #1 across the Current Album, Alternative, Digital, Rock and Heavy Rock charts and #14 on the Billboard Top 200. This certifiable success has been further cemented today as the physical release of the album once again propels Afterburner to the top of the charts.
The long-awaited physical release of ‘Afterburner’ finally dropped on Friday (July 10th) with an exclusive double disc CD with instrumental versions of all songs from the album available only from Target and exclusive vinyl variants from both Urban Outfitters and FYE, rocketing the critically acclaimed album back to the top of the charts. The full variety of merch bundles available here
Dance Gavin Dance’s ninth studio album, Afterburner, which has already clocked up 51 million streams worldwide since release, was produced by the group’s frequent collaborator, Kris Crummett, (Issues, Sleeping With Sirens, Mayday Parade) and Drew Fulk a.k.a. WZRD BLD (Lil Wayne, Motionless in White, Bad Wolves). The album is a landmark mission statement that encompasses DGD energy past, present, and future. It is a killer and dynamic demonstration of what the quintet does best, and is equal parts aggressive, melodic, and unrestrained, and has been met with high critical acclaim. What the press are saying about Afterburner:
What The Press Are Saying
“Polymath progcore, Latin rock bombast, cement-cracking trap beats, fiery metal shredding and Top 40-friendly pop melodies are just some of the tangents the quintet explore on their especially eclectic Afterburner.” – Revolver
“In refusing to be tied down to a single approach or vision, they have found an approach that works amazingly well for them, and the result is their most complex, expansive, and energetic release yet.” – Metro Weekly
“For the past 15 years, Dance Gavin Dance have been constantly raising the bar for experimentation within the post-hardcore scene.”-Alternative Press
“Those married to traditional song structures need not apply, but if you fancy feeling like your brain is in a pinball machine, [DGD] will take you out of this world.” –Kerrang!
“There’s no other band on earth like Dance Gavin Dance, and their latest idiosyncratic opus is as colourful and inventive as you could want” – Rock Sound
“Bouncing effortlessly through metal, punk, rock, and groove-thirsty hip-wiggling pop like they own the joint, Dance Gavin Dance are an acquired taste that it’s pretty easy to acquire with a little time.” – Hysteria Magazine
“Dance Gavin Dance is a band that just consistently gets better and better each release at it again with their ninth album titled Afterburner; they continue to impress” – Stitched Sound
“Where it isn’t a departure from the band’s trademark, it’s perhaps the strongest collection of songs they’ve released in a long time, with barely a skippable moment to be found throughout the hour-long adventure.” – New Transcendence
“There is no one quite like Dance Gavin Dance” Upset
“Afterburner’, is a powerful, punchy album that is filled with just as much passion, integrity and uniqueness as the first DGD release, ultimately adding to the list of astonishing art established by this group” – The One
“It’s the kind of musical chaos and experimentation that would border on cacophony if it were attempted by anyone less skilled or in sync than the members of the group. Track to track, beat to beat, Dance Gavin Dance work to find new ways to catch fans off guard while simultaneously giving them exactly what they expect. It’s a magic trick of sorts, handled by musical magicians making seriously unserious music with the precision of fine craftsman.” – Haulix Recommends
“Thrusting thirteen tracks of solid gold straight down your ears – a prize that your brain will be more than happy to cash”. – Punktastic
“Unrestrained, without boundaries, and inspired to pursue a sound that is wholly their own, Dance Gavin Dance proves time and time again that their confidence as a band is merely a reflection of their brilliant competency.” – Cryptic Rock
“Dance Gavin Dance is succeeding at one elusive thing that most bands find nearly impossible. They are constantly expanding their musical range with fresh experimentation, while still somehow sounding and feeling like the Dance Gavin Dance we’ve come to fall in love with over the years.” – Girls At The Rock Show
The band, who celebrate a massive 1 million album sales worldwide from their catalogue and over 970 million streams, have released 4 videos from ‘Afterburner’ to date – Prisoner, ‘Strawberry’s Wake‘, ‘Lyrics Lie‘ and ‘Three Wishes. Combined, they have clocked up an impressive 5.4 million YouTube views and 15.7 million Spotify streams. Watch the video for ‘Strawberry’s Wake’ below
Dance Gavin Dance - Strawberry's Wake (Official Music Video)
Dance Gavin Dance were set to play their biggest venues to date on their massive North American headline tour when the Covid-19 pandemic broke out. These dates have been rescheduled for 2021. This follows the band’s entirely sold out North American headliner in 2019, where they sold over 90k tickets in one year alone. The remaining tickets for the current headline tour can be purchased HERE. Full list of tour dates below.
On April 24th, 2021 Dance Gavin Dance will return home to Sacramento for Swanfest, the one-day festival headlined and curated by the band at Papa Murphy’s Park. Labelmates Crown The Empire and Issues, along with Animals As Leaders, Knocked Loose, Movements, Fall Of Troy, I See Stars, Veil Of Maya, Hail The Sun, Covet, Tillie, Royal Coda, Eidola, and Wolf & Bear will join DGD on this year’s lineup. The first ever Swanfest took place last year at the City National Grove of Anaheim, CA, which proved to be a phenomenal sell-out success, a rare feat for a festival in its first year.
Tickets and VIP packages for Swanfest 2021 are on sale now HERE.
March 11 — Los Angeles, Calif. @ Hollywood Palladium
March 12 — Las Vegas, Nev. @ Brooklyn Bowl
March 13 — Tempe, Ariz. @ The Marquee
March 15 — Albuquerque, N.M. @ El Rey Theater
March 17 — San Antonio, Texas @ Vibes Event Center
March 18 — Dallas, Texas @ Bomb Factory
March 19 — Houston, Texas @ Warehouse Live
March 22 — Oklahoma City, Okla. @ The Criterion
March 23 — Nashville, Tenn. @ Marathon Music Works
March 25 — Lake Buena Vista, Fla. @ House Of Blues
March 26 — St. Petersburg, Fla. @ Jannus Live
March 27 — Atlanta, Ga. @ Masquerade
March 28 — Atlanta, Ga. @ Masquerade
March 30 — Norfolk, Va. @ The Norva
March 31 — Silver Spring, Md. @ The Fillmore
April 01 — Philadelphia, Pa. @ Franklin Music Hall
April 02 — Philadelphia, Pa. @ Franklin Music Hall
April 03 — Boston, Mass. @ House Of Blues
April 04 — New York, N.Y. @ Hammerstein Ballroom
April 06 — Toronto, Ontario @ Rebel
April 07 — Columbus, Ohio @ Express Live!
April 08 — Detroit, Mich. @ Masonic Temple Theatre
April 09 — Pittsburgh, Pa. @ Stage AE
April 10 — Chicago, Ill. @ Aragon Ballroom
April 12 — Indianapolis, Ind. @ Egyptian Ballroom
April 13 — Minneapolis, Minn. @ The Fillmore
April 14 — St. Louis, Mo. @ The Pageant
April 16 — Kansas City, Mo. @ Arvest Bank Theatre
April 17 — Denver, Colo. @ Mission Ballroom
April 19 — Salt Lake City, Utah @ Union Event Center
April 21 — Seattle, Wash. @ Showbox Sodo
April 22 — Portland, Ore. @ McMenamins Crystal Ballroom
April 24 — Sacramento, Calif. @ Papa Murphy’s Park (Swanfest)
About Dance Gavin Dance:
Rejecting tired formulas at every step, Dance Gavin Dance merge progressive rock and post-hardcore with thick groove, brilliantly combining experimental music with hooks and a warped sense of humor. 2018’s Artificial Selection crashed into the Billboard 200 Chart at No.13, on the strength of the love for fan-favorite predecessors like Acceptance Speech (2013), Instant Gratification (2015), and Mothership (2016), and just as importantly, the band’s mesmerizing and unforgettable live performances. Artificial Selection went on to sell over 126k copies and counting. In the U.S. alone, the group has amassed over 970 million streams, with 1 million album equivalent units sold across their catalog. With hundreds of thousands of rabid fans engaged with DGD on socials, it all amounts to a full force band facing a mainstream that has overlooked them for too long.
In the heady tradition of Frank Zappa and Nirvana – people who made serious art without ever seeming self-serious – DGD is a band that does what they want, how they want, confident that the audience will keep up.
Dance Gavin Dance are:
Tilian Pearson: Vocals
Jon Mess – Vocals
Will Swan – Guitar/Vocals
Tim Feerick – Bass
Matt Mingus – Drums
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