Blood On The Dance Floor: Bad Blood!
Revolutions don’t begin quietly. There’s got to be a catalyst for change. There’s usually a spark that ignites the flame. There’s typically something that tips the scales. There’s an unquestionable bang at the beginning. Without question, there’s always a little Bad Blood. Now, there’s no shortage of revolutionary implications inherent within Blood on the Dance Floor’s sixth full-length album, Bad Blood—available via the group’s very own Dark Fan†asy Records. The duo of Dahvie Vanity and Javy Von Monroe continues its original mission of musical empowerment and revelation with higher stakes than ever before. These boys stand ready for a new dawn. Are you?
2012 proved to be a banner year for Blood on the Dance Floor. Their fifth offering, Evolution, debuted at #1 on the Billboard Top Electronic Albums Chart, #8 on the Top Independent Albums Chart, and #42 on the Top Albums Chart. It attracted high-profile guest appearances from the likes of Joel Madden [Good Charlotte] and Deuce. However, after sold out tour dates everywhere, Dahvie returned home at the end of the year feeling rather empty. “I was worn out,” he admits. “We toured for almost nine months straight, and I came back broken, homesick, in pieces, and angry. I went through so many emotions. Once I started writing music, the record brought me peace. I finally got the chance to say everything that upset me. That’s what this album is about. It captures our blood, sweat, and tears. It’s anthem for the broken, poor, abused, and unspoken. I got the opportunity to reflect on where I was and where I’m going, and I emerged with this gift.”
At the same time, it was a chance for him and his cohorts to embrace who they’ve always been. Enlisting a little help from longtime collaborators James Egbert and Rusty Lixx, they tapped into the purest exorcism of their style to date. Blending snaky and sexy synths, electronic dance music energy, anthemic singing, and even a little of the derelict rapping that earmarked their signature output, these thirteen tracks signify true cohesion and immense confidence. “We had no limits on this record,” affirms Dahvie. “There were no constraints or limitations. We didn’t hold anything back. We incorporated some of the old school elements like rapping, but we’re more open than ever before. We’re coming clean about a lot.”
The first single “Damaged” remains a prime example of that confessional style. Ominous keys mount into a sputtering industrial stomp before slipping into an angelically haunting refrain. Dahvie reveals, “It’s an open confession. You realize you can’t blame somebody else for your problems. You have to accept that you fucked up and you’re damaged. Relationships fail because people don’t realize what they’re doing. You’ve got to admit you need help before you can move forward.” Elsewhere, “Unchained” channels raw fire, while the title track cycles from shimmering glitch sounds into a vitriolic declaration. He puts it best, “My music and I are like a pair of scissors. We destroy what comes between us. That’s what this entire album is about. This is for anybody having a bad day. Art is our avenger, and it can be yours. We’re not backing down ever.” Everything culminates on the thoughtful “Morning Star“, a moving tribute to Dahvie’s grandfather. “He means so much to me, and he’s passing away from Alzheimer’s,” he goes go. “He always cared about me, and I’ll never forget all of the time we spent together. I wanted to write a song that told him he’d always be my star and light and he’d never be forgotten.”
Since forming in 2007, Blood on the Dance Floor have grown into one of the most formidable independent acts in the music industry. Their previous five albums—Let’s Start a Riot , It’s Hard to be a Diamond in a Rhinestone World , Epic , All the Rage , and Evolution —have led to the formation of a veritable cult fan follow. The band has appeared on Warped Tour and crisscrossed the States on numerous packed headline jaunts. However, Bad Blood signals the biggest chapter yet. Ultimately, it all circles back to a positive message for Blood on the Dance Floor. “Continue looking at the bright side,” concludes Dahvie. “Focus on your dreams. Have faith in what you believe in. I hope this gives our fans strength and reminds them they can get through anything. Most importantly, stay true to who you are.” — Rick Florino, July 2013
Blood on the Dancefloor have announced a 7 date tour of the UK this October and November calling at:
OCT 29 Tue – London – O2 Academy Islington
OCT 30 Wed – Cardiff – Clwb Ifor Bach
OCT 31 Thu – Birmingham – Asylum
NOV 01 Fri – Glasgow – Cathouse
NOV 02 Sat – Sheffield – Corporation
NOV 03 Sun – Manchester – Manchester Academy
NOV 04 Mon – Southampton – The Cellar
Tickets are on sale now priced £9 regionally and £11 in London and are available from http://www.livenation.co.uk/artist/blood-on-the-dancefloor-tickets