Release Date: Apr 14, 2015
Record label: Rise Records
After making five studio albums and an EP over nearly a decade, any band might be expected to start sounding stale, unless their writing formula was subject to regular re-evaluation. Dance Gavin Dance have proven to be an exception, and have managed to outdo themselves with their latest LP by exploiting all of the strongest points of their previous records. On Instant Gratification, the five-piece unit have fortified their signature brand of experimental math-rock infused with post-hardcore; all of the songs on the album showcase a tremendous amount of technical skill and remain fairly busy throughout, while still managing to keep the pacing varied.
Dance Gavin Dance will always hold a special place in my heart. Downtown Battle Mountain I was an explosive screamer and really showed what Jonny Craig is capable of, shenanigans aside. After that, lineup changes and musical inconsistencies plagued them and the only album that registered was their 2011 self-titled, fronted by Kurt Travis. Bobbing and weaving through vocalists and second chances, it comes down to Tilian Pearson (Tides of Man) to follow up 2013's Acceptance Speech and voice their new direction.