Dance Gavin Dance has announced their new record Jackpot Juicer to be out on July 29. The album is sadly Dance Gavin Dance's final record with bassist Tim Feerick, who passed away last week. The band will proceed with their upcoming Swanfest with the blessing of Feerick's family, and with Royal Coda bassist Sergio Medina filling in for Feerick. Pre-orders for Jackpot Juicer are available here.
"This past week has been the most challenging time in Dance Gavin Dance's history. On Thursday, April 14th, we found out that we had lost Tim. While he was the bassist in the band, he was also our brother and best friend. Losing him is devastating. We were preparing to meet up this past weekend in Sacramento for a photoshoot and then rehearse this week ahead of Swanfest and the subsequent tour, when we heard the devastating news that he was no longer with us.
"After the initial shock and sadness, it wasn't long after that we were faced with some challenging decisions about the immediate future and our upcoming plans. After many internal discussions with our team and, most importantly, Tim's family, we have decided to perform this year's Swanfest and do the subsequent tour in honor and dedication to Tim. We will also move ahead with the announcement of our forthcoming album, later this week.
"The main factor of this decision came from knowing who Tim was as a person and what he would have wanted. We are confident that he would be very disappointed if we were to postpone or cancel these dates. We received further affirmation of this from Tim's parents, with their encouragement to perform these dates. In addition, music is our way of healing, and we, as the remaining members, desire to be together during this time and perform on stage to our fans the songs that he helped create. While no one can ever replace Tim or what he has brought to the band, we have asked Sergio Medina, a close friend to all of us and someone who has worked with Tim, to perform the bass duties for the upcoming shows.
"We are planning a memorial to Tim at Swanfest, and the entire festival will be in dedication to him, as will all the following shows on the tour. We look forward to celebrating his life with the fans. While this is an immense tragedy for everyone that loved and respected Tim, he would want everyone to come out, be together and enjoy the music. RIP Tim."
4/26 Spokane, WA – Knitting Factory [Tickets]
4/27 Boise, ID – Revolution [Tickets]
4/29 Wichita, KS – Cotillion [Tickets]
4/30 Omaha, NE – The Admiral [Tickets]
5/1 Des Moines, IA – Val Air [Tickets]
5/3 Ft. Wayne, IN – Piere's [Tickets]
5/4 Cleveland, OH – Agora [Tickets]
5/6 Grand Rapids, MI – The Intersection [Tickets]
5/7 Milwaukee, WI – The Rave / Eagles Club [Tickets]
5/9 Rochester, NY – Main Street Armory [Tickets]
5/10 Albany, NY – Empire Live [Tickets]
5/11 Hartford, CT – Webster Theater [Tickets]
5/13 Richmond, VA – The National [Tickets]
5/14 Raleigh, NC – The Ritz [Tickets]
5/15 Columbia, SC – The Senate [Tickets]
5/17 Ponte Vedra, FL – Concert Hall [Tickets]
5/19 Knoxville, TN – Knoxville Auditorium [Tickets]
5/20 Birmingham, AL – Sloss Furnaces [Tickets]