Dance Gavin Dance
Mothership


2.0
poor

Review

by Rowan5215 STAFF
October 11th, 2016 | 803 replies


Release Date: 2016 | Tracklist

Review Summary: I just fell from the mothership.

It pains me to say, but everyone's favourite gibberish lord has suffered a fate worse than death on Mothership – total and complete unmemorability. Jon Mess, formerly commander of a semi-ironic fanbase that approached cult levels, is now captain of nothing more than a tired shtick, with not a single one of his lines sporting that distinctive humour that would prevent it fading from your head literally the second he stops saying it. For most of Mothership's overlong 13-track runtime he sticks shyly to the verses, squawking and shrieking out some lazy nonsense before Tillian takes over the chorus and we rinse and repeat. Worse than this heartbreaking fall from grace is that the band compensates for the absence of quality Messisms with humour so cringe-worthy and childish it makes a Jonny Craig solo album sound profound. "Flossie Dickey Bounce" and "Chocolate Jackalope" are the equivalent of the band banging their instruments on each other's heads and shouting "look at how WACKY we are", with some god-awful autotune and Drake references just to drive home how desperate they are to be funny. The band that once effortlessly led the field on stupid entertainment are now pale imitators, barely able to coax a smile from the once-cheering crowd.

Fortunately, the rest of Mothership has a semblance of effort put into the songwriting, and for two whole songs we actually get an idea that there could be another great album in this band if they would, y’know, try. "Here Comes the Winner" and "Man of the Year" are (relatively) slow-burners, focusing on a steady build that makes the best of Will Swan and Matt Mingus' dynamic while finally allowing Tillian a chance to shine. I can't deny that Tillian has come into his own here, commanding each chorus and melody with the ease of someone who'd been with the band for seven albums instead of three. His screams on "Here Comes the Winner" show an untapped aggressive side that finally justifies his being hired in the first place, and some cynical romantic lyrics take us back to the days of Happiness when there were occasionally some lyrics worth listening to: "So tell me that I am the love of your life/I'll be in character, batting my eyes". "Man of the Year", meanwhile, recalls the heavier parts of Acceptance Speech when Mess was still capable of blowing you over through your speakers, and a powerful Mess/Tillian climax finally makes something useful of the undiscovered country that is some chemistry between the two vocalists. It's an ideal choice for closer, partly by being the best track by far and partly because we all deserved some sort of reward for sitting through "Chocolate Jackalope".

The saddest part is, apart from the two highlights and the two dregs at the bottom of the barrel, most of Mothership passes by in a blur of absolutely nothing worth remembering. There is potential in Tillian's new-found confidence and the ever-reliable rhythm section of the band, but it's being squandered on unconvincing heaviness, garbage humour and unneeded flute features to affect some pretension of experimentation. Do yourself a favour and visit the Death Star instead of this mothership, and remember when there was still something worth salvaging here.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
Rowan5215
Staff Reviewer
October 10th 2016


39789 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Sorry, TheSpirit and foxxxy, it had to be said

Kronzo
October 10th 2016


1303 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

:'(

Rowan5215
Staff Reviewer
October 10th 2016


39789 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

no one was sadder than me about this

Ryus
October 10th 2016


15998 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0 | Sound Off

swee

Futures
October 10th 2016


9983 Comments


mr browan is probably right. not looking forward to listening to this unfortunately

Rowan5215
Staff Reviewer
October 10th 2016


39789 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

haha ruthless with the soundoff ryus. you don't even like DBM or Happiness?

Rowan5215
Staff Reviewer
October 10th 2016


39789 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

honestly just jam Winner and Man, maaaybe Inspire the Liars beej

FullOfSounds
October 10th 2016


15727 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Love u Row, awesome review

Digging: Eels - Electro-Shock Blues

Ryus
October 10th 2016


15998 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0 | Sound Off

@rowan nah bro. this band annoys me to no end

Kronzo
October 10th 2016


1303 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Frozen One, Chucky, and Philosopher King are all bangers tho

Ebola
October 10th 2016


2891 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

savage

Minnesota
October 10th 2016


409 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

yes yr majorly wrong

TooManyFriends
October 10th 2016


2590 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

this is close to where I am about this record, I probs like it a little more

Rowan5215
Staff Reviewer
October 10th 2016


39789 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

I did originally have it at a 2.5 but it got worse each listen

TooManyFriends
October 10th 2016


2590 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

it's like they took the goofiness out of the sound while trying to keep the lyrics goofier than ever and fell right on their face

Minnesota
October 10th 2016


409 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

yea no, album showcases the bands vocals, and lyrics at some points, at their strongest of all time. songwriting is godlike 80% of the time and there's nothing else in that 20% worse than OK. instrumentation, outside of young robot, bangs heavy as well.

Rowan5215
Staff Reviewer
October 10th 2016


39789 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

ok bud

Minnesota
October 10th 2016


409 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

you have happiness 4.5'd lmaooooo you don't really get a condescending opinion on this band when you enjoy that dogshit



third rate contrib log off forever

Futures
October 10th 2016


9983 Comments




Minnesota
October 10th 2016


409 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

how're u just gonna











me like that man



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