Dance Gavin Dance and A Lot Like Birds
Dance Gavin Dance headlining The 2012 Rock Yourself To Sleep tour with support from A Lot Like Birds, I, The Mighty, Hail The Sun and The Orphan, The Poet.
November 2nd, 2012 at the Ace of Spades in Sacramento, CA
About Dance Gavin Dance
Dance Gavin Dance is a California-based American rock band formed in 2005. It features vocalists Jon Mess and Tilian Pearson, lead guitarist Will Swan, rhythm guitarist Andrew Wells, and drummer Matthew Mingus. Over time, the band has had many lineup changes with Swan and Mingus being the only constant members.
The band began their music career by releasing their first EP in 2006, and promptly signed with Rise Records. Over the years, they have produced 10 studio albums to date. In addition, their efforts have been acknowledged in the US, where some of their albums have charted.
The band is known for being one of the top post-hardcore groups and has had four albums reach the top 20 in the US, with one reaching the top 10. Tim Feerick, the former bassist, passed away in 2022 prior to the release of “Jackpot Juicer,” with Sergio Medina taking over on bass for live performances.
About A Lot Like Birds
A Lot Like Birds is a post-hardcore band that formed in 2009 and was active until 2018. The band was known for their intricate instrumentals and unpredictable song structures, as well as their energetic live performances.
In 2011, A Lot Like Birds announced that they had recruited singer Kurt Travis to join the band, after the news leaked. Travis, previously the frontman of Dance Gavin Dance, had initially planned to collaborate with A Lot Like Birds for a track. However, he ultimately decided to join the band due to the strong musical chemistry between them.
Their first demo with Kurt Travis was the eight-minute, structurally unique song “Tantrum (Far from the Tree, the Apple Grew Rotten),” which had leaked onto the internet in March prior to the signing announcement.
After building up a considerable buzz, A Lot Like Birds released their highly anticipated second album, Conversation Piece, on October 11. The album focused more on vocals than their previous work and featured less experimentation, with a greater emphasis on post-hardcore elements.
Throughout their career, A Lot Like Birds released four full-length albums and several EPs, earning critical acclaim for their innovative approach to post-hardcore and their commitment to pushing the boundaries of the genre. The band disbanded in 2018.
About I The Mighty
I the Mighty is a rock band from San Francisco, CA. In 2007, vocalist Brent Walsh and Ian Pedigo, while still in high school, began playing music. Initially, they started writing songs as an acoustic duo under the name Breakpoint. However, they later changed it due to copyright issues. In 2008, they released a self-titled EP in this acoustic style.
Afterwards, they recruited Chris Hinkley, whom Brent and Ian knew from another band. The three of them began practicing the acoustic songs that Walsh and Pedigo had written. While performing at the Retox Lounge, Blake Dahlinger saw the trio and asked if they needed a drummer.
The band is known for their dynamic sound, which incorporates elements of post-hardcore, alternative rock, and progressive rock. Furthermore, the band’s lyrics often explore introspective themes, such as personal growth, mental health, and relationships. They have released several full-length albums and EPs, earning critical acclaim for their musicianship and songwriting abilities.