The Dance Party
|The Dance Party|
|Origin||Washington, D.C., United States|
|Genres||Rock, new wave, dance-punk, power pop|
|Associated acts||Driving East
|Website||The Dance Party's profile at MySpace|
Dave "Moose" Kuehl
|Past members||Danny Hoag
Formation, EP, Friction! Friction Friction!
The Dance Party formed in 2005 in College Park, Maryland by vocalist Mick Coogan, guitarist Kevin Bayly, drummer Jeff David, and bassist Danny Hoag, and soon released their first EP, The Dance Party EP. After building a reputation in the D.C. area and throughout the Mid-Atlantic for wild partying and huge, over-the-top live performances, The Dance Party self-released their full-length record Friction! Friction! Friction! in July 2007. In late 2007, the band rounded out their live show by adding keyboardist Drew Doucette of Beauty Pill as a full-time member.
In 2008, the band recorded an unreleased full-length record with Andros Rodriguez which was later released as the five-song EP Tigers in a limited pressing containing the song "Sasha Don't Sleep." On November 14, 2011, the band announced that Tigers would be released in its entirety on December 23, 2011.
During the production of Touch, both Doucette and Chakrabarty left the band. After auditioning and performing with a series of new bassists, Dave "Moose" Kuehl joined the lineup in February 2010, just before the band's series of performances at SXSW 2010. Leading up to the release of Touch, the band embarked on a national tour, playing select dates with Atomic Tom. On September 28, 2010, The Dance Party released "Touch" as their first mainstream studio album.
On November 14, 2011, The Dance Party announced that a full, ten-song version of Tigers would be released on December 23, 2011, beginning with the digital release of "Sing Your Song" on November 18, 2011. This album will be composed of archival material recorded from 2008 to 2009.
After the release of Tigers, the band announced a temporary name change to Brett due to the difference in sound of their newly written sounds. They reassured that the Dance Party was not finished, only temporarily changed. After periodically releasing songs under this name, Brett will release their self-titled debut album on May 20, 2014 through Cascine Records.
- Mick Coogan – Vocals, Synthesizers
- Kevin Bayly – Guitars, Synthesizers, Programming
- Jon Jester – Drums
- David "Moose" Kuehl – Bass
- The Dance Party EP (2005)
- Tigers (2009)
- Friction! Friction! Friction! (2007)
- Touch (2010)
- Tigers (2011)
- Brett (2014) (As Brett)
- "New Music From Local Bands". The Washington Post.
- "Message from The Dance Party". The Dance Party.