On Tour: Don Broco and Dance Gavin Dance Pave Lanes of Their Own With Out-Of-The-Box Ruckus

How cult followings are propelling them to worldwide success
Dance Gavin Dance
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With all of the music that’s floating around constantly, it’s rare to find bands that are truly doing something different. We’re consuming 24/7, artists are much more willing to push genres, and young listeners pride themselves on discovering things far outside of the mainstream. So, how do you create something truly exciting again?

Bands like Don Broco and Dance Gavin Dance have the answer. Currently on tour together supporting Dance Gavin Dance’s latest release Artificial Selection, the two blistering rock bands can barely be contained by a venue, and certainly can’t be contained by a genre label.

Selling out shows around the globe, the pioneering bands are delivering unmatched energy that’s propelled by punchy songs and a cult following of well over a million combined monthly listeners. Don Broco took the stage at a sold out show in New York City, opening with gritty groove “Everybody” and immediately captivating the crowd with dancing, incredible music, and British accents (most importantly).

Rob Damiani of Don Broco
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A power pop sound has driven the Bedford, England rockers to be widely praised by the scene as one of the best bands, and anyone who doesn’t agree likely just hasn’t heard of them yet. With 2018 release Technology, the band caught on so quickly that Warped Tour was forced to move them to the main stage after drawing crowds too big for their original space.

Dance Gavin Dance were left with big shoes to fill after such fierce openers warmed up the crowd, but were more than ready to do so. Backed by a completely packed venue that’s the truest definition of “sold out” you’ll ever see, the band glided onto the stage to effortlessly deliver a mind-blowing sound that’s unlike any other group.

Dance Gavin Dance
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Everything but the kitchen sink combine to create Dance Gavin Dance, a relentlessly thrashing and confident group that’s equal parts melody, grunge, and magic. A compact setlist delivers 12 songs of pure energy that spans from wall to wall. With a rowdy crowd that quickly becomes a community, even just 12 songs are a wonderfully exhausting fight to stay afloat in a sea of crowd surfers, dancers, and slightly peeved onlookers who weren’t fully prepared for what a Dance Gavin Dance set is.

Sultry dance moves from the silvery-voiced Tilian Pearson, guttural growls from the commanding Jon Mess, and glittering frets from backbone Will Swan combine to help create a beautiful mess that’s everything we’ve ever wanted. Click here to get their remaining tour dates.