Dance Gavin Dance just announced the release of their ninth full-length studio album titled Afterburner. The Sacramento-based progressive hardcore unit are celebrating by dropping the first single and video titled “Prisoner.”

Dance Gavin Dance are gearing up for a massive spring tour before heading to their home state for Swanfest.

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Afterburner will be Dance Gavin Dance’s first new record since 2018’s Artificial Selection which popped onto Billboard’s 200 at No. 13. The experimental hardcore group have always done things their way and they aren’t afraid to show it.

In a slew of social media posts, Dance Gavin Dance announced their new record, the first single and some dope looking merch.

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Their new song “Prisoner” is an all-around blend of everything that Dance Gavin Dance has shown they can do. Synth-funk-hardcore groove all intertwined with Tilian Pearson‘s sweet as honey vocals is what makes this song great.

“‘Prisoner’ is a captivating piece of the eclectic puzzle that is Afterburner,” lead guitarist Will Swan says. “It showcases yet another leap in our constant evolution, and I can’t wait for people to hear what this album has in store.”

The video for “Prisoner” is a tropical hallucinogenic trip into a sunset on the coast and we are very much along for the ride. Check it out below.

“Prisoner” by Dance Gavin Dance Lyrics

Do you crave a greater reason to exist?
Have you always known that symmetry is bliss?
We know you see the pattern

Lay in your lap
Think of your path
Philosophy don’t bother me
Come back when you’re trash

You are welcome here but you must come alone
You know everything is everywhere is home
Do you see it?

Prisoner, prisoner
We found you
We feel you breathing
Are you there?
Can you hear us calling you?
We’ll never judge you

Run out of battery
Learn how to patronize
You gotta obtain, sustain, that guy
No time to make a deal today
We just push that other guy outta the way

Nothing’s in a vacuum
Space-time has no value
We’re all connected on this wave

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They spoke with potent pain
To all that’s broken
To tears in rain
But every side was the same
No coin to flip

Give yourself a medal
You just met the devil
You’re the last in the world to find another false god
Give yourself a medal
For dancing with the devil
You’re the last in the world
Come back down to crippling doubt

Well Billy backs abortion and eye cream
Smokes a pack of Christian Bale
And fucks on an island
Well smooth as oscillation of sine waves
Get off the high horse and fly the spy plane

Classic acid
Put me back in the casket
Weave me into the fabric
The filter is freaking out

Afterburner drops on April 24 and can be preordered here. Dance Gavin Dance also revealed the full tracklist for the record as well, which can be seen below. The band will be hitting the road with IssuesAnimals As LeadersVeil Of Maya, and Royal Coda across the U.S. and Canada starting March 12 in Los Angeles before Swanfest, after which they will head to Europe. Tickets are available here. The full list of dates is below as well.

Afterburner Tracklist

1. “Prisoner”
2. “Lyrics Lie”
3. “Calentamiento Global”
4. “Three Wishes”
5. “One in a Million”
6. “Parody Catharsis”
7. “Strawberry’s Wake”
8. “Born To Fail”
9. “Parallels”
10. “Night Sway”
11. “Say Hi”
12. “Nothing Shameful”
13. “Into The Sunset ”


03/12 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Palladium
03/13 – Las Vegas, NV @ Brooklyn Bowl
03/14 – Phoenix, AZ @ The Marquee
03/16 – Albuquerque, NM @ El Rey Theater
03/18 – San Antonio, TX @ Vibes Event Center
03/19 – Dallas, TX @ Bomb Factory
03/20 – Houston, TX @ Warehouse Live
03/23 – Oklahoma City, OK @ The Criterion
03/24 – Nashville, TN @ Marathon Music Works
03/26 – Miami, FL @ Fillmore Miami Beach
03/27 – Tampa, FL @ Jannus Live
03/29 – Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade
03/31 – Norfolk, VA @ The Norva

04/02 – Silver Spring, MD @ The Fillmore
04/03 – Philadelphia, PA @ Franklin Music Hall
04/04 – Boston, MA @ House of Blues
04/05 – New York City, NY @ Hammerstein Ballroom
04/07 – Toronto, ON @ Rebel
04/08 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Stage AE
04/09 – Indianapolis, IN @ The Egyptian Room
04/10 – Chicago, IL @ Aragon Ballroom
04/11 – St. Louis, MO @ The Pageant
04/13 – Detroit, MI @ Masonic Temple Theater
04/14- Milwaukee, WI @ Pabst Theater
04/15 Minneapolis, MN @ The Fillmore
04/17 – Kansas City, MO @ Arvest Bank Theater
04/18 – Denver, CO @ The Mission Ballroom
04/20 – Salt Lake City, UT @ The Union Event Center
04/22 – Seattle, WA @ Showbox SODO
04/23 – Portland, OR @ McMenamins Crystal Ballroom
04/25 – Sacramento, CA @ Papa Murphy’s Park at Cal Expo (Swanfest)

05/23 Leeds, UK @ Slam Dunk Festival North
05/24 Hatfield, UK @ Slam Dunk Festival South
05/25 Amsterdam, NL @ Melkweg
05/26 Paris, FR @ Boule Noire
05/28 Cologne, DE @ MTC
05/29 Berlin, DE @ Privatclub

Dance Gavin Dance‘s first interview about Afterburner is available in AltPress #380. Snag yours below!

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