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Dance Gavin Dance ‘Afterburner’ Tops Week One Charts Despite A Digital Only Release

by Charley Bezer
In the face of Coronavirus adversity, California post-hardcore outfit, Dance Gavin Dance have once again shown their undeniable popularity and continuous upward trajectory as their ninth studio album, Afterburner (out now on Rise Records) has 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 is a hugely impressive feat regardless but is made even more so by the fact that ‘Afterburner’ was only released digitally with no physical release to count towards the week 1 numbers. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic shutting down manufacturing, it became apparent that the physical copies of the album would not be ready for planned release date. Dance Gavin Dance were faced with the difficult decision of either pushing back the release to include the sizeable physical pre-orders and anticipated sales in week one or go ahead with the planned release date but only available digitally, therefore forfeiting the physical sales that would contribute to their week 1 chart success.
The band chose their fans over the chart position and decided to go ahead with the planned release date and a digital only album release. It was a gamble, but it has paid off as today the band celebrate another hugely successful release. Full week 1 chart positions below
The physical release of ‘Afterburner’ is scheduled for July 10th and will feature an exclusive CD variant available only from Target and exclusive vinyl variants from both Urban Outfitters and FYE. Pre-orders are available here
Dance Gavin Dance recently launched their massive North American headline tour, set to play their biggest venues to date when the Covid-19 pandemic broke out. These dates have been rescheduled for August & September 2020. 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.
Dance Gavin Dance’s ninth studio album, Afterburner 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:
“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 800 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 4 million YouTube views and 9.5 million Spotify streams. Watch the video for ‘Strawberry’s Wake’ below
Dance Gavin Dance - Strawberry's Wake (Official Music Video)
On 12th September, 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. Speaking on this year’s Swanfest, Will Swan says
Tickets and VIP packages for Swanfest 2020 are on sale now HERE.
DANCE GAVIN DANCE US HEADLINER
08/04 Seattle, WA – Showbox SODO
08/05 Portland, OR – McMenamins Crystal Ballroom
08/07 Los Angeles, CA – Hollywood Palladium
08/08 Las Vegas, NV – Brooklyn Bowl
08/09 Tempe, AZ – The Marquee
08/11 Denver, CO – Mission Ballroom
08/13 Oklahoma City, OK – The Criterion
08/14 Dallas, TX – Bomb Factory
08/15 San Antonio, TX – Vibes Event Center
08/16 Houston, TX – Warehouse Live
08/18 Nashville, TN – Marathon Music Works
08/19 Atlanta, GA – Masquerade
08/20 Atlanta, GA – Masquerade
08/21 Lake Buena Vista, FL – House Of Blues
08/22 St. Petersburg, FL – Jannus Live
08/24 Norfolk, VA – The NorVa
08/26 Philadelphia, PA – Franklin Music Hall
08/27 Philadelphia, PA – Franklin Music Hall
08/28 Silver Spring, MD – The Fillmore
08/29 New York, NY – Hammerstein Ballroom
08/30 Boston, MA – House of Blues
09/01 Toronto, ON – Rebel
09/03 Pittsburgh, PA – Stage AE
09/04 Detroit, MI – Masonic Temple Theatre
09/05 Chicago, IL – Aragon Ballroom
09/07 Indianapolis, IN – Egyptian Room
09/08 St. Louis, MO – The Pageant
09/09 Minneapolis, MN – The Fillmore
09/12 Sacramento, CA – SWANFEST – Papa Murphy’s Park At Cal Expo
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 112k copies and counting. In the U.S. alone, the group has amassed over 800 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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