Dance Gavin Dance
Downtown Battle Mountain II


3.5
great

Review

by HighandDriving USER (1 Reviews)
March 4th, 2011 | 170 replies


Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Let Johnny in.

You can attribute a great deal of Dance Gavin Dance's success to Johnny Craig's increasing notoriety after his exit from the band. It must have been a difficult choice for a band to kick out such a promising vocalist - one utilizing a new set of lungs, different from all the Anthony Green intimidators. And not just kick him out, but air out everything; outing him for seemingly being a complete scumbag, striving to bring back the embodiment of our fathers and mothers rock n roll era: doing drugs and fing underage chicks. The 'Rock N Roll, Deal with it' persona would do Johnny no harm but instead propelled his career; it was a breathe of fresh air from all the Christian, scene unity garbage. So, how does Johnny thank the ones who helped make him scenamous? By "squashing the beef" and revisiting DGD's early output.

Though, there was some road blocks - one being Kurt Travis: the golden boy enlisted to revive DGD after the risk they made by kicking Johnny out, and who - surprisingly - amassed a small following. He barely made the bar, providing just enough ear candy to carry Johnny supports to the next album and secure the inevitable new fans. Fans whined that it wasn't a fair trade, but Kurt faired well overall, and preformed admirable despite some cring-inducing high notes and some hilariously bad lyrics (Johnny's lyrics were pretty nonsensical and silly too, but you could account that to being waste, i.e. they were stream of conscious!). But, alas, more line up changes occurred, and more easily replaceable members were replaced until the last two original members outed Kurt for, supposedly, losing his range via smoking 2 packs of cigarettes a day. With their 'original' line up installed, absolutepunk.net and gang waited with baited breathe to hear the results.

And the results were good, though a tad predictable. Instrumentally, DGD has always been, at its core, a fleshed out, yet subdued, Fall of Troy wannabee with a strong emphasize on vocals. And on Downtown Battle Mountain 2 they continue to show case the same noodling guitars, and everything you've become accustom to and expect - it's just delivered in a nicer gift wrapping. The production has found a nice teetering point between Downtown Battle Mountain's raw - yet amateur - production and the overly clean production showcase on the albums that followed. With respect to vocals, Johnny detractors will protrude that he has fallen off or he simply isn't trying anymore - which may be true, but remember: Johnny is a rock star and trying too hard isn't cool. This is telling in what DGD was hoping to accomplish: retrace DTBM but with less emphasize on Johnny, since he might as well be a session member. That's why Johnny's vocals are low in the mix - this isn't his band; while Johnny's voice use to demand attention on the first two DGD releases, it now just accepts the attention. This shouldn't be viewed as a loss for DGD fans; though, it may be one for Johnny fans, who were probably expecting this to be a Johnny feat DGD (akin to Johnny feat Emarosa), when it's the opposite. Instead, Jon Mess is the one demanding attention and - for once - praise is due. The weakest member of DGD has miraculously revamped his vocals; doing away with his last, irrefutably horrible performance. Though being a capable screamer is no achievement, it's enjoyable to hear vocals that don't distract from the rest of the band.

Despite the twitter drama, and the unwarranted attention DGD has received, there's little merit in claiming that DTBM2 isn't a strong release, especially considering their peers. DTBM2 isn't a cash grab or a gimmick, but a band wanting to return to its roots, its birthplace, before dying. Don't be one of those kids that listens to watered down bands, like La Dispute or Touche Amoure, but stick their nose up at Dance Gavin Dance. Let Dance Gavin Dance in; let Johnny in. Cause while he still may be confined to the 'scene', and approximately 5 Rise bands, it's only a matter of time before Timberland catches wind of him, and he's off to LA doing radio tracks with Guetta and The Neptunes.


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HighandDriving
March 4th 2011


3288 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

This review is dedicated to BEE.

ShinXetsu
March 4th 2011


605 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

In a rush man? This could've used a proof-read, you also could've expanded on what you thought about the album as a whole using a song or two as examples.

HighandDriving
March 4th 2011


3288 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Thanks man, please pos.

dirkschamgganbad
March 4th 2011


131 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

Neg.

HighandDriving
March 4th 2011


3288 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Tidbit: There's three Hot Cross cameos in the review.

ShinXetsu
March 4th 2011


605 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

btw I won't neg it but I won't pos either, hope to see some improvement in the future.

Wolfhorde
March 4th 2011


15373 Comments


"it's only a matter of time before Timberland catches wind of him, and he's off to LA doing radio tracks with Guetta and The Neptunes."
Made me lol so hard.

gabethepiratesquid
March 4th 2011


4522 Comments


Jonny*

iamSeraph
March 4th 2011


917 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

not that bad of a read. even though I told ,)

HighandDriving
March 4th 2011


3288 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Oh crap, it is Jonny...sry about that.

ConsiderPhlebas
March 4th 2011


6157 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

Something tells me this isn't entirely serious

HighandDriving
March 4th 2011


3288 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Ya, it's called lighthearted.

gabethepiratesquid
March 5th 2011


4522 Comments


I'm not going to neg, and I'm not going to bitch and try and convince people to neg this like you did in my review, but as honest constructive criticism this seems to focus more on the band and it's history/reputation and attempting sophisticated diction than on the music. I mean, it seems to only genuinely talk about the music on this album for a portion of one paragraph, and when it does it's too vague and indirect. Though I do appreciate the how tight this review seems to be (Tight in the "not loose" sense)

gabethepiratesquid
March 5th 2011


4522 Comments


And I'd really suggest changing the spelling of Jonny's name throughout the review, that could be the
main cause of a lot of the negs, possibly

SHAKEandBAKE
March 5th 2011


1344 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

"watered down bands, like La Dispute and Touche Amore"



insta-neg

alachlahol
March 5th 2011


7593 Comments


this review made me stick a finger up my ass thats a good thing

KTLL
March 5th 2011


87 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

This is a review of the bands history. Lets talk about the album.

HighandDriving
March 5th 2011


3288 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Instrumentally, DGD has always been, at its core, a fleshed out, yet subdued, Fall of Troy wannabee with a strong emphasize on vocals. And on Downtown Battle Mountain 2 they continue to show case the same noodling guitars, and everything you've become accustom to and expect - it's just delivered in a nicer gift wrapping.

HighandDriving
March 5th 2011


3288 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

"insta-neg"



I'm not saying they're bad, I'm just making a point.

HighandDriving
March 5th 2011


3288 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Come on people, 10 negs? Where da mods at?



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