As a music fan it was easy to see that rise in popularity of Dance Gavin Dance in Australia. The number of T-Shirts at gigs increased, album sales rose and then with the announcement of their tour with Veil Of Maya things got really serious. The Brisbane show sold out quickly and Melbourne and Sydney’s tickets became as rare as honest politicians. HEAVY Mag recently caught up Dance Gavin Dance’s Will Swan who says the band is so excited to be returning to our shores.
“We’ve been going to Australia since we started touring but we’ve seen a huge rise in fans over the past couple of years,” Swan says the excitement clearly evident in his voice. “We released the tour dates and some of the shows were sold out just crazy fast and it just blew us all away. We are now trying to work out if we can upgrade to some bigger venues over there for some shows… so we will have to see if that happens. But yeah we were blown away by the fan’s response and now we are itching to get over there and just play some crazy shit.”
“We love it, man,” he says when I ask him about that feeling that a band must get when they learn that their music is not only being played on the other side of the world but being embraced by fans there. “Touring is just the best thing to do because you get to meet people who connect with your music and they all come from completely different backgrounds but somehow music just brings them all together. Australia is just one of those places that we really love and we just loving that we are coming back. The weather is awesome, the people are awesome and the cities are really cool. I love just walking around cities and picking up on the vibe and checking out record stores and stuff. Melbourne is one of my favourite cities to get out and about in, it is has a little something for everyone – the beaches are great and even going to the various wildlife parks is a great time.”
You can listen to our full Dance Gavin Dance interview on Spotify. All the tour details can be found below.