Tilian Pearson

Dance Gavin Dance clean vocalist Tilian (Pearson) offers a humanizing portrait of pain and perseverance in the hard-hitting new clip for “Hold On,” a powerful tune from the musician’s forthcoming solo album The Skeptic. Watch it below.

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“Hold On” is about “mutually surrendering yourself to another person,” Tilian says. “Sometimes even when you are close to someone, you put up barriers of isolation and duplicity that inevitably lead to you having to lie to yourself.”

And the accompanying video explores those complex emotions to devastating effect. The Shawn Butcher-directed visual focuses on the family dynamic in an eye-opening way, making it one of Tillian’s more powerful observations.

The clip “uses imagery of the relationship between a father and son, spanning thirty years,” he adds. “Moments of intense pleasure juxtaposed by the fear and shock of loss will hopefully produce the emotional satisfaction of a … classical tragedy.”

The video follows the reveal of first single “Cocky,” which was paired with the audio debut of the haunting “Hold On.” Pre-order Tilian’s new album The Skeptic here, and see the singer’s upcoming tour dates down after the new vid.

Tilian tour dates

08/28 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Roxy
08/29 – Scottsdale, AZ @ Pub Rock
08/30 – El Paso, TX @ The Perch
08/31 – San Antonio, TX @ Jack’s
09/01 – Dallas, TX @ Prophet Bar
09/02 – Houston, TX @ Secret Group
09/04 – Tampa, FL @ Crowbar
09/05 – West Palm Beach, FL @ Respectables
09/06 – Orlando, FL @ Soundbar
09/07 – Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade
09/08 – Nashville, TN @ The End
09/09 – Chapel Hill, NC @ Local 506

09/11 – Richmond, VA @ Strange Matter
09/12 – Baltimore, MD @ Ottobar
09/13 – Philadelphia, PA @ Voltage Lounge
09/14 – Brooklyn, NY @ Kingsland
09/15 – Asbury Park, NJ @ House of Independents
09/16 – Worcester, MA @ The Palladium
09/18 – Toronto, ON @ Sneaky Dee’s
09/19 – Ferndale, MI @ The Loving Touch
09/20 – Berwyn, IL @ Wire
09/21 – St. Paul MN @ Amsterdam
09/22 – Kansas City, MO @ Aftershock
09/23 – Denver, CO @ Marquis Theater

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