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Blood On The Dance Floor

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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
"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
"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 [2008], It's Hard to be a Diamond in a Rhinestone
World [2008], Epic [2010], All the Rage [2011], and Evolution [2012]—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

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