Dance Gavin Dance is an American rock band from Sacramento, California, formed in 2005. The band currently consists of vocalists Tilian Pearson and Jon Mess, lead guitarist Will Swan, bass guitarist Tim Feerick, and drummer Matthew Mingus. The band formerly included lead vocalists Jonny Craig and Kurt Travis. Swan and Mingus are the only band members who have appeared on every studio album.
The band released their debut extended play (EP), Whatever I Say Is Royal Ocean, in 2006 and signed to Rise Records thereafter. Their debut studio album, Downtown Battle Mountain, was released in May 2007. Craig and guitarist Sean O'Sullivan left the group and were replaced by Kurt Travis and Zachary Garren, respectively. They released their second full-length album, Dance Gavin Dance, in August 2008. Vocalist Jon Mess and bassist Eric Lodge left the band before the album's release, with Lodge being replaced by Jason Ellis. Happiness, the group's third studio album, was released in June 2009 and is the group's first release to feature guitarist Will Swan performing screaming vocals along with guitar parts for an album.In 2010, Jonny Craig, Jon Mess and Eric Lodge returned to the band and recorded their fourth studio album, Downtown Battle Mountain II (2011). Craig and Lodge departed from the group the following year, which led to former Tides of Man vocalist Tilian Pearson, bassist Tim Feerick, and guitarist Josh Benton joining the band. They released their fifth studio album, Acceptance Speech (2013), which charted at number 42 on the Billboard 200; Benton left the band shortly after the album's release. Their sixth studio album, Instant Gratification, (2015), peaked at number 32 on the Billboard 200. In late 2015, the band embarked on their ten-year anniversary tour with A Lot Like Birds, Slaves, Strawberry Girls, and Dayshell. In 2016, the group released their live album, Tree City Sessions, and their seventh studio album, Mothership. The following year, they released a cover of the Bruno Mars single "That's What I Like" for Punk Goes Pop Vol. 7, a stand-alone single "Summertime Gladness", and toured on the Vans Warped Tour. They released their eighth studio album, Artificial Selection, on June 8, 2018 and another stand-alone single, "Head Hunter". The band has scored two top 20 albums in the United States and have been one of the most popular and prominent music groups in post-hardcore since their formation.