Dance Gavin Dance have finished recording their new album.This will be the band's first record to feature vocalist Tilian Pearson (ex-Tides of Man). It's due out this summer.
"It's sketchy back here," says Jonny Craig as he steps out of his van to scope the dark alley. We're in the middle of California's High Desert in a narrow loading dock behind the venue that stretches nearly a football field long. Aside from faint lights glimmering by the old train tracks a couple hundred feet away, everything is pitch black, and cold winds are nearing 40 mph. "Can I get a rundown of these questions?" he asks in a paranoid tone, suspicious of our release form. "I don't sign just anything."Over the past few years Craig has established a reputation for being the scene's biggest troublemaker and has become one of the most hated musicians in the world. His 2011 MacBook scam – where he convinced fans to wire transfer hundreds of dollars in exchange for an undelivered laptop to buy heroin – stained his career and turned his support group and the music community against him. Booted from Emarosa, shunned from Dance Gavin Dance, in and out of jail and rehab, Craig's misbehavior has made him the center of controversy and public humiliation.
But despite years of turbulence and public scorn Craig seems unshakeable, and his contradicting personality has made his die-hard fans even more obsessed – even with the rest of the world against him. With a Corona in hand he talks of his current sobriety; then he mentions how some of the kids he ripped off in his scam donated to his IndieGoGo campaign, which raised $20,000 to fund his upcoming solo EP. And all the while, he speaks with a strange authenticity.
For the first time on camera Craig opens up about his intimate childhood experiences, how his inner devil got the best of him over the years, and lessons learned from scamming his fans online.
"I definitely stopped caring about what people thought of me," he says of his infamy. "I'm just a normal ass human being trying to live my life."
Photos by Dorothy Gilbert
Dance Gavin Dance have a new album in the works, expected out this summer.The record will be the first to feature vocalist Tilian Pearson (ex-Tides of Man).
Dance Gavin Dance performed a new song at their show in Boise, ID last night.This is the first new song with newly added vocalist Tilian Pearson (ex-Tides of Man).
Dance Gavin Dance will tour the UK/Europe this spring with Closure In Moscow, Affiance, and The Elijah.Violet will appear on all UK dates; Climates will join European dates; Empires Fade will be on Russian dates.
Here's the schedule:
May 07 Reading, UK @ Sub 89
The infamous Jonny Craig (ex-Dance Gavin Dance) debuted his new single this morning.Below is the track "House of War."
Former Dance Gavin Dance frontman Jonny Craig's Indiegogo campaign for his new EP has raised over $10,000 -- and it has stirred up quite a conversation.Last night Every Time I Die frontman Keith Buckley tweeted, "Hey @DeepakChopra, now that @jonnycraig4L has received over $10k in donations, can you officially confirm that karma does not exist?"
When All That Remains vocalist Phil Labonte asked who Craig was, Buckley stated "he pretends to sell computers to people, collects their money then never sends them the product. Now he's asking for money."
Buckley, of course, is referring to Craig's infamous MacBook scam in 2011 where he convinced fans to wire transfer hundreds of dollars in exchange for a laptop that was never delivered, then purchased drugs.
At the time of this posting, one fan has claimed Craig's top perk in his campaign -- spending $2500 to sing or perform on his upcoming EP.
Dance Gavin Dance will support Hollywood Undead on a run of shows in early March. Dates follow:Mar 04 Reno, NV @ Knitting Factory Concert House
Mar 06 Boise, ID @ Knitting Factory Concert House
Mar 07 Spokane, WA @ Knitting Factory Concert House
Mar 08 Portland, OR @ Roseland Theater
Dance Gavin Dance vocalist Tilian Pearson (ex-Tides of Man) will release his debut solo album, Material Me, in March.The record will be released on March 19th.
Material Me Track Listing:
01. Now Or Never
Dance Gavin Dance are currently at work on a new album.
Expected out next year, the record will presumably feature ex-Tides of Man frontman Tilian Pearson, who had been handling vocal duties for the group following the departure of Jonny Craig.