DGD Say Goodbye to Tilian

2024-04-16 by vult | 134 Comments
Post-Hardcore and Rise Records darling Dance Gavin Dance posted an announcement to Instagram on 4/14 confirming the departure of long-time lead vocalist Tilian Pearson. The statement reads:

"Dance Gavin Dance has always attempted to reconcile situations internally. But, after much consideration, we have as a collective decided to say farewell to our long time member and friend, Tilian. We wish him luck, along with our support and respect for his future endeavors in music and life.

We thank him for his years of friendship and contribution during his time in Dance Gavin Dance. As people grow and change, creative differences can arise and life paths and goals may no longer align.

We want to thank you for your support over the past two decades. We are truly grateful that we can continue to play music as a career and we are excited to move forward with this new era for the band.

Will, Matt, Jon, and Andrew"


Dance Gavin Dance, a band known for vocalist turmoil, recruited Pearson in 2012 following the second ousting of original vocalist Jonny Craig. He was subsequently a part of six LPs, two live recordings and numerous singles, which accounts for the most involvement from any clean vocalist with the band over the course of 12 years. Their latest full length album, Jackpot Juicer, was met largely with negativity from long-term fans, especially users of this site, who have transformed the primary review for the album into a long-running NFL discussion spanning 100+ pages.

In 2022, Pearson was involved in a series of allegations from various women in the band's fanbase and beyond claiming Pearson engaged in sexual misconduct, assault and unwanted advancements during encounters. While no charges were officially filed, strong evidence and anecdotal accounts substantiated the stories enough to cause public backlash towards Pearson and the band, ultimately leading to a "hiatus" from Pearson for parts of 2022 before being allowed back in after "treatment". Now, almost two years later, a decision has been made to move forward without Pearson, a move that struck many people as "too little, too late" for their reputation.

Pearson released this statement to his Instagram following the announcement:

I had an absolute blast making songs and albums with this group of unbelievably talented dudes for the past 12 years.

We had a truly unique connection with one of the most dynamic fan bases out there. I have nothing but gratitude for the lush and enigmatic experience we all got to share together in this era of Dance Gavin Dance."


Dance Gavin Dance recruited vocalist/guitarist Andrew Wells to join the band on a permanent basis in 2021 after having been involved as a session and touring member since 2016 and being involved with an adjacent band, Eidola, for years. It is unclear whether Wells will assume a permanent role as primary clean vocalist or whether they will recruit from outside (or bring back a previous vocalist?). The band has also been operating without a permanent bassist following the death of Tim Feerick in 2022, utilizing Sergio Medina as a touring bassist in the interim.

With the band's popularity at an all time high but public perception at an all time low, it will be interesting to see where the band goes and whether they will pursue a replacement quickly or not. Each member of the band is involved with various side projects that may see more action in the coming months.

https://www.reddit.com/r/dancegavindance/comments/1c4oeq6/dgd_has_decided_to_part_ways_with_tilian/

Tagged: Dance Gavin Dance

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MonotoneCulprit
April 16th 2024
199 Comments


Doing this now really makes their decision to keep Tilian even more bizarre. Now they get all the backlash of "not doing the right thing", and also don't even keep the guy they did it for. That being said this is par for the course for them and someone new will slot in quickly so they can pump out the same album again.

LightAndGlass
April 16th 2024
1242 Comments


Good fucking riddance but it's hard to have any positive feelings towards the band given they let the scumbag back in to begin with.

JohnnyoftheWell
Staff Reviewer
April 16th 2024
61221 Comments


Good bloody work stitching the full context together for this article

Band is a bunch of chickenshits and shills, and haven't made good music for years, but I guess it's a silver lining to see Tillian hike it at last. Off ye fuck

SomeCallMeTim
April 16th 2024
4325 Comments


Jonny Craig's comment on the insta post lol

" which have transformed the primary review for the album into a long-running NFL discussion spanning 100+ pages."

the lore runs deep

vult
April 16th 2024
2392 Comments


Ayy praise from Johnny? Makes my day.

BookoftheFallen
April 16th 2024
1114 Comments


In other news, tillian now has a MacBook for sale…

henryChinaski
April 16th 2024
5058 Comments


whatever

Scoot
April 16th 2024
22255 Comments


i can't believe they were stupid enough to bring him back after all of the allegations

proven or not, he's not an irreplaceable talent. people didn't listen to dgd for tillian, it's always been swan and mess that made them unique

you can throw a rock down the road and it will hit a swancore vocalist who would leave their band to join dgd in a heartbeat

jrlikestodance
April 16th 2024
1428 Comments


They fell off after Happiness. Kurt or nothing

artificialbox
April 16th 2024
2061 Comments


thank GOD. hopefully they can make a decent album now

Cormano
April 16th 2024
4200 Comments


"people didn't listen to dgd for tillian"
buddy you'd be surprised

Slex
April 16th 2024
16785 Comments


Entire band can choke on a bag of dicks until the end of time

Sunnyvale
Staff Reviewer
April 16th 2024
6025 Comments


"lush and enigmatic experience"-does this guy know what words mean?

Meborphus
April 16th 2024
214 Comments


*shrug emoji*

Slex
April 16th 2024
16785 Comments


It's so cute and wholesome to see Tillian show love to his sexual assault victi-I mean, the DGD fanbase

vult
April 16th 2024
2392 Comments


“People didn’t listen to DGD for Tilian”

Oh buddy I wish this were true

migueldemolina
April 16th 2024
46 Comments


It's funny since i was wondering why on earth they didnt drop him on the spot. His voice is shot now, sticking together means losing the public favor – there was literally no negative effects to this decision back then.

This seems a little to late. But still, hope next album is much better than the shit they have been pushing past artificial selection.

Calc
April 16th 2024
17377 Comments


oh no the band's reputation is shot!

*jerk off motion*

SteakByrnes
April 16th 2024
30115 Comments


This should've happened so long ago lol, band is a fuck

GreyShadow
April 16th 2024
7118 Comments


band is a fuck [2]

hortanz
April 16th 2024
839 Comments


thank god

nash1311
April 16th 2024
8261 Comments


“Jonny Craig's comment on the insta post lol”

What he say?

tellah
April 16th 2024
1279 Comments


Tilian was good on Mothership, but I've been more-or-less listening to this band in spite of his performances for years. He sounds like buster baxter from Arthur. Hopefully can hear someone better along with Mess who got progressively way better from DBMII to now.

edit: it's wild how many people only listen to the Tilian-era records. Death Star and the DBMs clear pretty much all of them except Mothership which I'd put in the top 5.

Feather
April 16th 2024
10291 Comments


@nash "Ayyyyy what's goooooooooood *sunglass smiley emoji*"

mryrtmrnfoxxxy
April 16th 2024
16661 Comments


band is a fuck [3]

FearThyEvil
April 16th 2024
18687 Comments


So the only reason they departed with him is due to the backlash being so strong still. Should've been removed before and the save face act is a bunch of bullshit. fuck this band

SheWatchedTheSky
April 16th 2024
71 Comments


They should just disband that shit band full of horrible people.

Metalglenn22
April 16th 2024
4 Comments


Let’s go secret band LP #3! Much better than a lot of DGD anyway

rc239
April 16th 2024
403 Comments


just bring back jonny at this point

Fearlessflyer1986
April 16th 2024
239 Comments


Imagine still making MacBook jokes in 2024...

Bring back Jonny or Kurt, and call it a day.

vult
April 16th 2024
2392 Comments


With Eidola releasing a new album and gaining more steam in the scene, along with Royal Coda going strong, it wouldn’t surprise me if DGD goes dark for a while (or indefinitely).

Bring back Secret Band please.

Scoot
April 16th 2024
22255 Comments


jonny wants back in the band so badly and thinks nobody can tell

Feather
April 16th 2024
10291 Comments


Secret Band LP3 and Downtown Battle Mountain 3 are the correct roads to take

Storm In A Teacup
April 16th 2024
45940 Comments


Did jonny really reference our nfl thread? Lol

twlight
April 16th 2024
9023 Comments


I’m in the bring back Jonny camp. Seems like he has (somewhat) gotten his shit together over the years. And he still has the chops, he’s just been making lame r&b music

JeetJeet
April 16th 2024
12281 Comments


End this dogshit band immediately

OwMySnauze
April 16th 2024
2540 Comments


Good riddance to the rapist. Now we can finally get DBM III

ToSmokMuzyki
April 16th 2024
11664 Comments


NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

Ectier
April 16th 2024
2745 Comments


Too little too late

Dedes
Contributing Reviewer
April 16th 2024
10148 Comments


It's beyond late to save face and honestly I don't think Tilian's departure will actually revitalize the band but uhhh i'm glad that perhaps they'll have someone again who sounds less like an uptight theater kid.

bc013
April 16th 2024
56 Comments


The band has always been at their best while playing musical chairs with their vocalist. Switching vocalists for whatever [insert random reason] has always worked in their favor and been a net positive for the band as a whole. Honestly, I'm surprised that they didn't part ways much sooner, especially given how stale and repetitive their music had become. Even before the allegations were made, I'm sure that they knew their time with Tilian was nearing an end. However, I'm perplexed why they didn't just move on following everything that was publicly brought to light.

Slex
April 16th 2024
16785 Comments


I'll help you out, it's because they are dumpster fire people

vult
April 16th 2024
2392 Comments


“Did jonny really reference our nfl thread? Lol”

That was me and of course I did, it’s one of the better threads on this site

Storm In A Teacup
April 16th 2024
45940 Comments


I thought you were saying jonny craig did lmao

nash1311
April 16th 2024
8261 Comments


^ same

Slex
April 16th 2024
16785 Comments


Yeah tbf I also thought that at first lol

Ectier
April 16th 2024
2745 Comments


They kicked the idiot out or put him on break, to save face. Then snuck him back in, for memory released a shit song or statement about "changing for the better". Now too late after the fact they give him the boot again now probably because they have an album in the works or more shits come to light. Fuck this band man, im not even into them what wankers

naughtcturnal
April 16th 2024
2696 Comments


yeah a bit too late lol

bellovddd
April 17th 2024
6566 Comments


lmao this band is such a joke

bellovddd
April 17th 2024
6566 Comments


the only good thing here is Andrew can fuck off from Eidola and they can be good.

Trebor.
Emeritus
April 17th 2024
59911 Comments


They lost all good will when they didn't can him right away

Veldin
April 17th 2024
5322 Comments


Jamming the instrumental discog is the way to go anyway

ConcubinaryCode
April 17th 2024
7624 Comments


I don't see any road forward for this band that will not be incredibly tarnished with all the baggage the band has accumulated over their career, not even mentioning the tilian era. The NFL thread is a good representation of discourse where people would rather talk about anything else because this band is so unsalvagable at this point.

Relinquished
April 17th 2024
48822 Comments


it’s not a good representation y’all are just some pigskin nerdos

Slex
April 17th 2024
16785 Comments


Yeah as much as I wish it wasnt the case the overwhelming majority still wanna talk about DGD

Nikkolae
April 17th 2024
6732 Comments


"probably because they have an album in the works or more shits come to light"

this would be the nail in the coffin for these fuckers if something new were indeed to come up, really sucks how i loved this band so much, but then again, I always prefered Kurt or Jonny anyways

MrToothbrush
April 17th 2024
17 Comments


Absolutely fair. Band hasn’t done anything great since Mothership and this is coming from a huge fan. If Kurt comes back for an album, I will die happy. But I’m not holding my breath.

Manatea
Staff Reviewer
April 17th 2024
1963 Comments


Lmao the NFL thread tidbit is gold

OverSlyZed91
April 17th 2024
351 Comments


Oh no....so Craig Owens or Johnny Craig or whoever will come back again for 1-2 shitty albums...

Infuse
April 17th 2024
11 Comments


not sure it's Tillian's fault the music is stale.

Ectier
April 17th 2024
2745 Comments


Tbh the best thing for them to do is probably quietly call it quits. Because recovering from this and all the other drama the bands had in the past would be a nightmare, their image is kind of shot to shit from my point of view

brandaao
April 17th 2024
254 Comments


"They lost all good will when they didn't can him right away"
^ This

There's no excuse for them not taking action sooner.

"Tbh the best thing for them to do is probably quietly call it quits."
^ also this

renegadestrings
April 17th 2024
1610 Comments


Yeah but let’s talk about Mahomes. I mean even with a lack of receiving talent in 2023, the man still threw for 4100+ and took home a Super Bowl ring

Viraemias
April 17th 2024
426 Comments


"Their latest full length album, Jackpot Juicer, was met largely with negativity from long-term fans, especially users of this site, who have transformed the primary review for the album into a long-running NFL discussion spanning 100+ pages."


LULZ. SPUTNERDS BE SPUTNERDS

bloc
April 17th 2024
70400 Comments


Yeah yeah so anyway...guys what's a line of scrimmage?

botb
April 17th 2024
18052 Comments


Do people really still listen to this band

vult
April 17th 2024
2392 Comments


They have 1.3M monthly Spotify listeners which is pretty legit, they’re more popular than they’ve ever been but simultaneously more reviled.

Feather
April 17th 2024
10291 Comments


What Vult said.

Jackpot Juicer while was totally disregarded here, but was their first release to enter the billboard top 10 lol. It is also their worst album.

Slex
April 17th 2024
16785 Comments


Sput is an echo chamber lol, I wish y'all were right but I can assure you, DGD are still massively popular and the majority of people have already moved on from all of the Tillian shit

Calc
April 17th 2024
17377 Comments


**ding ding ding**

JayEnder
April 17th 2024
20380 Comments


Sputters are so mad this band hasn't been cancelled lol

Good riddance to Til tho, wonder why they did this now instead of what 8 months ago when all the drama went down. Bring back Craig for DBM3 and retire [2]

gordodustin
April 17th 2024
526 Comments


The band will survive this and make music till they decide to stop. Sputnik is largely radical left so all allegations, proven or not, mean you're automatically guilty. To condemn an entire band for something that never even went to court is ridiculous. That being said, maybe replacing Tilian will give the band a more invigorating sound. Time will tell.

vult
April 17th 2024
2392 Comments


Ahh the tried and true “neoliberals are crazy this didn’t even go to court” argument. God bless the infallible and totally waterproof Us Judicial System.

henryChinaski
April 17th 2024
5058 Comments


"Do people really still listen to this band "

yeah, their older stuff. Also, bring back Kurt

el_newg
April 17th 2024
2139 Comments


hmm today i will log on to the radical left music website sputnikmusic.com and defend an alleged sexual miscreant

tellah
April 17th 2024
1279 Comments


"Do people really still listen to this band"

yeah I do. they're one of my favourite bands for better or for worse but obligatory fuck Tilian

Slex
April 17th 2024
16785 Comments


No goddammit y'all we were doing so good you motherfucking idiots defending anything can eat a shitty asshole

FowlKrietzsche
April 17th 2024
1385 Comments


Poison is leaking into the echo chamber, evacuate!

Slex
April 17th 2024
16785 Comments


Lmao fair

ToSmokMuzyki
April 17th 2024
11664 Comments


MY POOOOOR TILLLIAAAAAAAANAIANIAIAIAIAIAA

twlight
April 17th 2024
9023 Comments


On second thought, it would probably be a horrible idea for Jonny to rejoin the band. They’re a shit show and enable terrible behavior.

People blame the whole band because they have proven to be enablers for toxic behavior like assault allegation and drug/alcohol abuse which actually led to the death of their bassist. People are the company they keep

iChuckles
April 17th 2024
703 Comments


This band was my everything back in high school but between Jonny's drug-abuse and shitty behavior, their drummer Matt going to rehab for alcoholism, Tim overdosing and passing away and Tilian being a predator their culture fucking stinks to high heaven. Kurt Travis coming back would absolutely pique my interest again but these guys should honestly call it quits soon before their legacy gets completely tarnished all together.

Trebor.
Emeritus
April 17th 2024
59911 Comments


How many comments did we get through until someone said "radical left?" I'm too lazy to count

Infuse
April 17th 2024
11 Comments


this site is pretty politically leaned that way. lots of pretentious shitlibs... and I absolutely love it

LikeWindOnANipple
April 17th 2024
23 Comments


"lush and enigmatic experience"

Yes, for these voluptuous and questionable encounters. Wow, so mysterious, Tillian.

Ectier
April 17th 2024
2745 Comments


You dont need to be left wing or a "left wing liberal" to understand that sexual abuse/misconduct/rape is i dont know kind of fucking wrong?

Slex
April 17th 2024
16785 Comments


Don't take the bait from some piss baby nobody bud

Ectier
April 17th 2024
2745 Comments


Good point slex

Infuse
April 17th 2024
11 Comments


Correct you don't. However a conviction, lawsuit or police report would help. Which you don't have. Meaning you're spewing conjecture.

Ectier
April 17th 2024
2745 Comments


Possibly, its still a bad look for the band though. Either way bands a bit shit anyway

heck
April 17th 2024
7168 Comments


is the radical left like libs who do flip tricks on skateboards

Snake.
April 17th 2024
25296 Comments


"How many comments did we get through until someone said "radical left?""

somehow still 1/3 of the comments it's gonna take for someone to mention virtue signaling

Snake.
April 17th 2024
25296 Comments


wait fuck

Ectier
April 17th 2024
2745 Comments


I cant so flips on a skateboard. Ill fall off and go splat

Emim
April 18th 2024
35602 Comments


Time to bring in Ronnie Radke

Clefairy
April 18th 2024
296 Comments


Who cares. Dogshit band

Kompys2000
Emeritus
April 18th 2024
9488 Comments


Turning a big dial that says "sexual misconduct" and looking back at the audience for approval like a contestant on The Price Is Right

SitarHero
April 18th 2024
14752 Comments


Well, it looks like my days of not caring for this band are finally coming to a middle.

SitarHero
April 18th 2024
14752 Comments


"between Jonny's drug-abuse and shitty behavior, their drummer Matt going to rehab for alcoholism, Tim overdosing and passing away and Tilian being a predator their culture fucking stinks to high heaven"

Not sure why it needs to be said, but drug and alcohol addiction aren't really comparable to sexual assault or even shitty behaviour. Hell, if my career depended on constant travel and having to putting on a show for, and pandering to, a bunch of nonces I'd probably have drug and/or alcohol problems too.

AnimalForce1
Contributing Reviewer
April 18th 2024
877 Comments


Alcoholism and drug use are unfortunately pretty rampant problems in the touring biz, from what I remember.

I am among the many here that are shocked at how long it took for Tilian to get the boot. I also have never really listened to DGD, so I have next to no investment aside from laughing at how Jackpot Juicer became an NFL thread

bellovddd
April 18th 2024
6566 Comments


infuse is Tillian in disguise

Infuse
April 18th 2024
11 Comments


Let me back insiiiiiiidddeee! Of DGD, we can make this righhhhhhhht

greatgradegrate
April 18th 2024
34 Comments


Let’s go secret band LP #3! [2]

Nikkolae
April 18th 2024
6732 Comments


of all the shitty singers you can run defense for, tillian is by far the cringiest, and that somehow makes it worse

TenSecondsToThink
April 18th 2024
1891 Comments


wow that's amazing news. looking forward to their new vocal identity

bloc
April 18th 2024
70400 Comments


Every time I see Tillian I think of the Dre line "Gap teeth in your mouth, so my dick's gots to fit"

LightAndGlass
April 18th 2024
1242 Comments


Tilian's Crood-headass with the Buster Baxter voice

bloc
April 18th 2024
70400 Comments


lmao

DreamAgain
April 18th 2024
2470 Comments


Hot take - whether he's a scumbag or not has no influence on me not listening to them anymore. Their albums have just sucked lately. Heard it all before only a million times better on their previous albums.

bloc
April 18th 2024
70400 Comments


Sadly, I think Acceptance Speech is one of their best albums

FowlKrietzsche
April 18th 2024
1385 Comments


You know, with some deep reflection and honest thought, I've realized I hate this band.

Nikkolae
April 18th 2024
6732 Comments


Acceptance Speech is the only good tilian album, which means that only 1/6th of his entire band contribution doesnt suck

Nomos2
April 18th 2024
1935 Comments


Long time coming, finally. Band could stand a chance to be decent again some day.

LeDemonLemon
April 19th 2024
36 Comments


this is actually hilarious lmao

ShadowOfTheCitadel
April 19th 2024
452 Comments


Dude was by far their worst vocalist and never made anything good with the band. I remember the only thing I ever remotely found passable was his demos for Saosin before they reunited with Anthony Green, and I still made fun of those for how bitchy he sounded.

Also, most of the dudes in this band suck ass and have been making stagnant ass music their entire careers post-Happiness. Will Swan at least had Sianvar, but I don't know why you'd listen to that band when Hail The Sun does it better and doesn't have edgy shitlords for band members (yet).



Poxy
April 19th 2024
165 Comments


If Jonny or Kurt get brought back in to the fold, I have genuine hope they might be able to make something decent again.

Nikkolae
April 19th 2024
6732 Comments


jonny wants that dgd money so im actually really hopeful for that one


Cormano
April 19th 2024
4200 Comments


problem is i dont think jonny can, nor do I think he would even want to, perform the tillian songs which at this point are like 60% of their catalogue so I don't think this is a possibility

vult
April 20th 2024
2392 Comments


He could do (Jonny’s Version) of the Tilian albums and steal the catalogue

Nikkolae
April 20th 2024
6732 Comments


Instant Gratification (Jonny's Version) incoming

tellah
April 21st 2024
1279 Comments


@Cormano I highly doubt they bring him back in. But if they do, he's 100% only doing DBM/DBM2 songs and DBM3 would get rolled out quickly. Maybe Uneasy Hearts if Royal Coda happens to be on the tour.

Shamus248
Contributing Reviewer
April 21st 2024
945 Comments


The band and fanbase alike, are comprised of terrible people....hope this spells the beginning of the end

NudeTayne
April 22nd 2024
1030 Comments


I heard Spencer Sotelo was trying out for the new position

hobblepot
April 22nd 2024
2947 Comments


Guess the royalties were running dry

NudeTayne
April 23rd 2024
1030 Comments


John Mess gotta just start singing at this point

KnewUser
April 25th 2024
53 Comments


I haven't been on this site in ages & this is the sad news I come back to. Ugh. The only way they can make this right again is to bring back the guy that sang Elder Goose.

igordrago
May 13th 2024
229 Comments


Bitch made move by DGD. Absolute cowardice. With that said new shit with Andrew wells is great. Carry on.






Ectier
May 13th 2024
2745 Comments


Bitch move to kick out the alleged Rapist they snuck back in? This band has lost all credibility and with that tour they are on lost even more

vult
May 13th 2024
2392 Comments


New DGD tracks are trash lmao

Nobody wants to say it but Jon Mess sounds pretty washed most of the time.

artificialbox
May 14th 2024
2061 Comments


They just released a new song with just Andrew singing…. it kinda blowz

artificialbox
May 14th 2024
2061 Comments


Oh wait that was released 5 days ago lol nvm

igordrago
May 15th 2024
229 Comments


Ectier I feel like we’re agree here and on the same page 🤔

Nomos2
May 20th 2024
1935 Comments


pls disband already

KnewUser
May 24th 2024
53 Comments


Been listening to Instant Gratification a bunch here lately. I think I am finally understanding what some of you all have been talking about.



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