Jackpot Juicer may be Dance Gavin Dance’s tenth studio album, but it’s not a capstone — it’s a Launchpad. Packed with gems of post - hardcore genius and produced by the legendary Kris Crummett (Issues, Sleeping With Sirens), the new record is the band’s longest and most ambitious to date. Following the album’s completion, the group received the tragic news that their dear friend and bass player, Tim Feerick, had passed away. As his final work, Jackpot Juicer has become a celebration of Feerick’s remarkable musical spirit, and a way to honor his legacy for the five close bandmates: vocalists Tilian Pearson and Jon Mess, lead guitarist and songwriter Will Swan, drummer Matt Mingus, and the recently added Andrew Wells, who tackles both rhythm guitar and backing vocals.
With Jackpot Juicer, Dance Gavin Dance have expanded and refined their singular, genre - defining sound with a masterful blend of catchy hooks, punishing heaviness, and an off-the-wall sense of humor. From Swan’s zany, electrifying riffs on “Cream of the Crop” to Pearson’s aching vulnerability on “Swallowed by Eternity” to Mess’ ferocious yet meticulous delivery on “Die Another Day,” the new record finds each artist pushing their virtuosic skills to dizzying new heights. Indeed, despite the band’s already storied past, one thing is clear: for Dance Gavin Dance, this is only the beginning.