DANCE GAVIN DANCE.
Live @ CYCLE CLUB, Firenze with VEIL OF MAYA and THOUSAND BELOW.
On March 19th, 2018
Dance Gavin Dance is a post-hardcore outfit from Sacramento, California where their career started in 2005. The most current lineup for the band includes: Tilian Pearson at clean vocals, Jon Mess at harsh vocals, Will Swan at lead guitar, Tim Feerick at bass guitar and drummer Matthew Mingus. They have seven albums under their belt plus an upcoming rumored eight album due out in 2018.
Our editor-in-chief Alessandra had a fabulous opportunity to interview and have an amazing chat with lead guitarist Will Swan from Dance Gavin Dance just before their live show at Cycle Club, in Calenzano (Firenze), Italy on March 19th, 2018 as being part of their European Tour 2018. Dance Gavin Dance were co-headliners with Veil Of Maya and opening band Thousand Below.
- What’s the secret recipe for DGD to be such an impactful band with 13 years of music and almost eight albums? What’s your formula?
Just not quitting it I guess. You know we’ve been thought a lot of member changes and stuff, we just keep going and get things keep happening. So pursue variance. You’ve been in the band since the beginning. Yeah.
- There’s a lot of buzz going around your upcoming album due out in 2018. So what can of sneak peeks do you have for us as regards songwriting, lyrical themes, anything you’d like really.
We’re pretty excited for the new album. It’s all over the place. Musically there’s a really diverse range of styles and I think we commit more to each style too and kind of let songs be you know, completely in different directions which I like, as it makes a varied album. So I think this record is one of the most eclectic. Is it an experimental album? Some songs yeah.
- Let’s talk about your seventh album, Mothership. What kind of new elements or main differences you’ve been introducing since your very first records. So what kind of progressions have been taking place in your music since then?
Mothership is like moving forward from what we were doing, and also kind of a retrospective and like a combination of all the sounds that we’ve done. The new one I feel like is more just like completely branching out and just doing different types of things. And of course there’s still the backbone of what makes DGD but there’s just a lot more different types of songs. We’re really happy for more music to be dropped from you, so really waiting for it.
- You’ve been with Rise Records for more than 10 years now. In terms of numbers and success out there, do you think that being with a big record label and also kicking asses with a massive tour you’re doing, is it a great combination? What is more important for you?
We’ve always had a good relationship with Rise, they let us do what we want as far as image, music and you know, a lot of labels are kind of tyrannical and like: “You have to do this, you have to make a single like this”. We hadn’t really had that experience with them, so it’s been really nice. We had a good like, and we know that some other bands though take a bigger heading but for us you know, they kind of leave us alone and trust us and we have a good respect with them and back. So Rise has been just awesome for us. We don’t have any problems working with them or in the future too.
- How was it like to share a stage with Veil Of Maya? We would love you to share with us a memorable moment of this tour together with them and Thousand Below obviously.
They’re both awesome. We really like touring with the guys. I’d never met either band before, and they’re all really cool. And we’re all sharing one huge bus too. Yeah that big black bus outside. Coming into that sort of:”Men I’ll help their chill”. Everything it’s been great and they’re an awesome band (Veil Of Maya) and it’s been a really cool tour. They’re really heavy and we’re all over the place so we didn’t know if they’d go together, but they do. So fans like both bands and that’s been good.
- On March 22nd you’re closing up this Tour in Europe with Cologne date in Germany. You’ve been touring since 3rd March and you’re heading back to the States with Underoath, Veil Of Maya and Limbs. What kind of experience you’re taking with yourself, I mean how has this tour been matching your expectations? Your impressions on the tour.
Yeah in Europe we’re kind of neglected over our career. You’re not really know here, are you? Yeah, so it’s like in the United States we’ve been just growing and growing and growing, it’s been really good. Yeah, you’re really famous. Our managers finally are like: “You guys need to give Europe another go”, so we go like: “Alright we’ll do it.” You’ve got a terrific live experience, been watching you on many tours, more than any other band. Yeah, over here it’s been fun. This is definitely one of my favorite European jaunt ever done, cause the package is cool, all the guys are cool, the shows have been good. How is it in Italy, really laid back, no stress? Yeah, in Italy we’ve only played once before. And so this is our first time back in seven years and my second time ever in Italy. So we didn’t know what to expect, but it’s been cool. I wish we could had gone out and had some good food, but we keep lying in the middle of nowhere ahahaah. They’ve been taking you some roasted chicken. I’m vegan ahahaa. Oh right, I respect that, I respect that. (laughing).
- How do you see yourself and your band in five years’ time?
Hopefully we’re like a u-turn, you know where we’re just super huge and people cry when they see us, reading stuff. So that’s what we’re shooting for.
- A curious question, what’s behind the inspiration of your name Dance Gavin Dance?
We had a lot of dumb names and it was the least dumb name, like there were some really bad names when we’re making up names and we had a show when we were starting out, like :”We have to come up with a name for the show cause we can’t just be an untitled band”. So it’s just as like kind of a snap decision. Well I’m glad cause like it’s just a serious genre where bands take themselves so seriously, at least for us we laughter about the names a little silly and the music is all over the place, the vocals, lyrics get all over the place. I think the names are a good reflection of that.
Thank you for your time, I was a huge pleasure to meet you in person.
Cool, thank you for coming.
SICK AND SOUND is thankful and grateful to KINDA Agency for making it possible for us to access this show as press and being honored with an exclusive personal interview with Will Swan from Dance Gavin Dance.
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