Tilian Pearson To Step Away From Dance Gavin Dance Following Sexual Assault Allegations

As previously reported, Dance Gavin Dance’s Tilian Pearson was recently accused of sexual assault. As a result, the singer will now be “stepping away from the band in order to seek professional help.”

Dance Gavin Dance issued the following statement:

“The recent allegations against Tilian are something we take very seriously, and we have been in deep discussion regarding the appropriate action.

Effective immediately, Tilian will be stepping away from the band in order to seek professional help.

Jon, Will, Matt and Andrew will continue on with all currently scheduled tours. The band will also be proceeding with the release of Jackpot Juicer as planned.

We all worked incredibly hard on this album, and it is also the last recorded body of work from Tim — we want to be sure we give it the full release attention that it deserves to honor his legacy.

We know that this is a very upsetting and trying situation for all those affected, and we ask to please be as understanding as possible while everyone works through this.

We appreciate you always.

Matt, Will, Jon, and Andrew“

Dance Gavin Dance’s Tilian Pearson Comments On Sexual Assault Allegations

A number of women have come forward with disturbing allegations against Dance Gavin Dance’s Tilian Pearson. The singer has since responded to one of the victims, who accused him of sexual assault, manipulation, and more.

Pearson said the following:

“This morning I was made aware of allegations from someone regarding a brief relationship surrounding the weekend of Swanfest. Admittedly, this was a time when I was very vulnerable, but I can assure you that every sexual act was purely consensual. Since then, she has reached out to me multiple times wanting to see me again. We met again later in Cleveland on tour, and I decided to end things the following day. It was an amicable split, so this story coming out is extremely surprising.

I have text threads saved that paint a picture of the nature of our brief relationship, but I would prefer not to have to air that out.

It pains me a bit because I thought there was a general lightheartedness and sweetness that wasn’t mentioned in her version.

I take the subject of sexual assault seriously, and I want to firmly reiterate that there was no moment of anything happening that was not consensual. I understand that in a new sexual relationship, there is a period of figuring each other’s preferences out, but there is not a doubt our physical contact ever crossed boundaries into anything resembling assault.

My general state of mind surrounding the weekend was filled with grief, and I was leaning on alcohol as a crutch to get me through it. After Swanfest, I did the tour sober to properly grieve and got a lot of support from the band and friends.

Although her story saddens me to read, I won’t express any ill will toward her.

I hope this clears things up, and thank you for listening.


After Pearson shared his statement, another woman came forward with similar allegations.

[via The PRP]

Tilian Pearson (Dance Gavin Dance) Premieres New Song “Half”

Tilian Pearson (Dance Gavin Dance) has premiered a new single titled “Half.” The singer had the following to say about the track:

“I started building a studio and I wanted to put some beauty in the empty space. Matt Malpass (FEVER 333, Issues, Andy Black) came over and we made a batch of songs. ‘Half’ was my favorite. Fortunately, Rise Records was down with putting it out right away. I’m looking forward to building up an album’s worth of work over the coming months.”

Tilian Pearson (Dance Gavin Dance) Announces Solo Tour

Dance Gavin Dance’s Tilian Pearson has announced a summer headlining tour. The singer will be joined by The Plot In You’s Landon Tewers, I The Mighty’s Brent Walsh, and RIVALS on this run.

Tour Dates:

07/26 Denver, CO – The Marquis
07/27 Des Moines, IA – Vaudeville Mews
07/28 Joliet, IL – The Forge
07/30 Grand Rapids, MI – The Stache
07/31 Lakewood, OH – The Foundry
08/01 Buffalo, NY – Rec Room
08/02 Somerville, MA – ONCE
08/03 Brooklyn, NY – Knitting Factory
08/04 Asbury Park, NJ – House of Independence
08/06 Philadelphia, PA – Voltage Lounge
08/07 Richmond, VA – Canal Club
08/08 Greensboro, NC – Blind Tiger
08/09 Atlanta, GA – Masquerade
08/10 Orlando, FL – The Abbey
08/11 Jacksonville, FL – 1904 Music Hall
08/13 Lake Park, FL – Kelsey Theatre
08/14 Tampa, FL – Orpheum
08/16 Dallas, TX – Trees
08/17 Houston, TX – Secret Group
08/18 San Antonio, TX – Paper Tiger
08/20 Phoenix, AZ – Pub Rock
08/21 Los Angeles, CA – The Troubadour
08/22 Sacramento, CA – Holy Diver

Album Review: Tilian’s “The Skeptic”

Tilian Pearson is mainly known for his work with Dance Gavin Dance these days, but the musician has also been putting out plenty of great material with his solo project since 2013, and his new album “The Skeptic” (out September 28) is no exception.

The effort opens with “Made Of Plastic,” a perfect song that gives the listener an idea of what the rest of the album has to offer. The track has a decent balance of guitar driven parts and electronics with Pearson’s unmistakable voice bringing everything together.

This trend continues on with the alt-pop anthem “Cocky,” which fans may recognize as the album’s first single. This is one of the highlights of the effort, mainly due to how catchy it is. It’s an upbeat track that you can’t help but sing along to.

Aside from “Cocky”, another strong point is “Human Garbage.” This one offers more of a rock vibe as compared to other tracks on the effort. It still retains the pop influence, but it is a little closer to the post-hardcore style of Dance Gavin Dance.

“Human Garbage” is followed by a couple of the album’s other highlights, “Hold On” and “Blame It On Rock N’ Roll.” “Hold On” has a nice melody complemented by emotional lyrics that can tug at one’s heart strings. Contrastingly, “Blame It On Rock N’ Roll” is a fun track that has a bit of an ’80’s style to it.

As people move closer to the end of the album, things seem to get poppier, but that isn’t necessarily a bad thing. The remaining songs still have a uniqueness to them and they continue to drag you in, especially the closer “Ghost Town,” which has an infectious groove that hooks you from the start.

All in all, “The Skeptic” is a solid piece of work that really showcases Pearson’s talents, while combining elements of pop with rock guitar. It’s definitely worth checking out if you’re looking for new music.

Tilian Pearson (Dance Gavin Dance) Premieres New Song “Ghost Town”

Tilian Pearson (Dance Gavin Dance) has premiered a new song titled “Ghost Town.” This track is from his new solo album “The Skeptic,” which will be released on September 28.

Tilian Pearson (Dance Gavin Dance) Premieres “Hold On” Video

Tilian Pearson (Dance Gavin Dance) has premiered a new video for his new song “Hold On.” This track is from his new solo album “The Skeptic,” which will be released on September 28.

Pearson commented:

“‘Hold On’ is about mutually surrendering yourself to another person. 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. An honest relationship with even just one person can be extremely fulfilling.

The music video for ‘Hold On’ uses imagery of the relationship between a father and son, spanning thirty years. Moments of intense pleasure juxtaposed by the fear and shock of loss will hopefully produce the emotional satisfaction of a streamlined, three-minute classical tragedy.”

Tilian Pearson (Dance Gavin Dance) Premieres “Cocky” Video

Tilian Pearson (Dance Gavin Dance) has premiered a new video for his new song “Cocky.” This track is from his new solo album “The Skeptic,” which will be released on September 28.

“The Skeptic” Track Listing:

01. “Made Of Plastic”
02. “Cocky”
03. “Gone”
04. “Handsome Garbage”
05. “Hold On”
06. “Blame It On Rock N Roll”
07. “Let Her Go”
08. “Drunken Conversations”
09. “Right Side”
10. “Ghost Town”

Tour Dates:

08/23 — San Francisco, CA @ Brick & Mortar
08/24 — Sacramento, CA @ Holy Dive
08/25 — Anaheim, CA @ Chain Reaction
08/26 — Fresno, CA @ Strummers
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 — Ashbury 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