Blood on the Dance Floor (band)

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Blood on the Dance Floor
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Blood on the Dance Floor performing at Ace Of Spades 2013. From left to right: Jayy Von Monroe and Dahvie Vanity
Background information
Also known as Love the Fashion (2006–2007)
Origin Orlando, Florida, U.S.
Genres
Years active
  • 2006–2016
  • 2017–present
Labels Dark Fantasy
Associated acts
Members
  • Dahvie Vanity
  • Fallon Vendetta
Past members
  • Jayy Von Monroe
  • Christopher Mongillo
  • Rebecca Fugate
  • Garrett Ecstasy
  • Matty M

Blood on the Dance Floor is an American electronic music duo from Orlando, Florida, formed in 2006. The group's former lineup consisted of Dahvie Vanity and Jayy Von Monroe. As of 2017, the current members of the group are Dahvie Vanity and Fallon Vendetta. The group released nine studio albums and broke up in 2016, only to get back together the next year.

History[edit]

Beginnings and first albums[edit]

In 2006, Jesus David Torres, also known as "Dahvie Vanity", started a trio called Love the Fashion with Christopher Mongillo and Rebecca Fugate which soon became Blood on the Dance Floor. The group self-released their first album, Let's Start a Riot, in April 2008.[citation needed] Not being able to tour, Mongillo and Fugate left the band while Vanity toured the Orlando, Florida area.[1]

During the recording of their second album, It's Hard to be a Diamond in a Rhinestone World, Mongillo and Fugate left, and the band was picked up by local producer Rusty Wilmot. During the recording of this album, Garrett Marshal McLaughlin ("Garrett Ecstasy") was recruited to do backup vocals and screaming. The CD was self-released in October 2008, in 300 copies.[citation needed]

Extended Plays & EPIC (2009–2010)[edit]

Vanity and Ecstasy recorded the singles "Siq With a Q" and "Suicide Club" as a duo in 2008, and released three extended plays over the first half of 2009, I Scream I Scream, OMFG Sneak Peak, and Extended Play.[citation needed] The duo embarked on the OMFG Tour with other local bands Electric Valentine, Weston Buck, The Greenlight District, and The Crush in promotion of their upcoming album then titled 'OMFG'.[citation needed]

As the OMFG tour continued and concluded without Vanity, Garrett was replaced by Jeremy Brian Griffis, known by his stage name "Jayy Von Monroe". Along with Monroe, Vanity and the group's new drummer and rapper, Nick "Nasty" Wenzel, released the "Horrifically Delicious".[citation needed]

Many of the songs originally recorded with Garrett intended for the upcoming album 'OMFG' were re-recorded with new vocals by Jayyvon. The previous concept of the OMFG album was scrapped, and re-branded as EPIC, set for release in 2010. The band went on tour over the spring and summer of 2010 to promote the upcoming release of EPIC. With Jeffree Star they recorded three songs for that album. However, the collaboration was short-lived since during the Looking Hot & Dangerous Tour serious disagreements between Star and Vanity came to a head. Star would later make amends with the group, and would later feature on their 2014 single, "Poison Apple", from the album Bitchcraft.[2] As with the previous conflict with Garrett, the three singles featuring Jeffree's vocals were re-recorded with vocals by Jayyvon, and the original tracks were not featured on the final album.

In October 2010, the album Epic charted 5th on the dance/electronic Billboard chart.[3] The band headlined the Epic Tour and the Epic Tour Part II in support of the album.[4]

All The Rage!!, Evolution & The Anthem of the Outcast (2011-2012)[edit]

Even before the release of EPIC, recording began for Blood on the Dance Floor's fourth album, All the Rage!!. The duo collaborated with several artists for the album, including Gods Lady Nogrady, JJ Demon, and Nick Nasty. The album was preceded by several singles to promote the release, including "Bewitched", "Yo Ho", and "P.L.U.R.". The band embarked on Warped Tour 2011 in June 2011,[5] and released the album while on tour.

A music video for their hit single from the album, Bewitched, featured "Lady" Nicole Nogrady, who later said that she felt disrespected by the band during production of the album as well as on the music video, and found herself having to confront the band directly in order for her name to appear on the credits of her work with them[6]. The song would be subsequently performed by other female vocalists in place of Nogrady at live shows, and was re-recorded with vocals by Haley Rose for their 2013 acoustic album, Blood Unplugged.

The album peaked at No. 13 on the Billboard Top Electronic Albums chart.[3] At the end of 2011, the duo headlined the All the Rage Tour and is planning the 'Tis the Season to be Killing Tour.[7]

In celebration of BOTDF's four-year anniversary, a digital compilation album entitled, The Legend of Blood on the Dance Floor, was set to be released on Halloween.[1] The compilation's release date was pushed back, originally planned to be released as a CD, it was released as a soundcloud playlist instead. The compilation features remastered versions of songs from the band's first four albums.

Blood on the Dance Floor's fifth album, Evolution was released on June 19, 2012[8] along with a deluxe edition that featured acoustic versions of two songs. Two music videos and four singles were released from the album.

The album featured tracks in collaboration with Haley Rose, Amelia Arsenic, Shawn Brandon, Joel Madden of the band Good Charlotte, Elena Vladimirova, and Deuce for the upcoming album.[9]

As a thank you to the fans they released the three song free EP Clubbed to Death! on June 20, 2012 for free through an app on Facebook.[10] Their sixth EP, The Anthem of the Outcast, was released on October 30, 2012.[11]

Bad Blood, Cruel Pornography and Scissors (2013–2016)[edit]

Rumors of a breakup in 2013 proved a hoax.[12][13] Bad Blood was slated for release in September 2013.[14] On February 18, 2013 the lead single "I Refuse to Sink! (Fuck the Fame)" was released,[13] followed by the second single, "Crucified by Your Lies",[15] and a third, "Something Grimm", on July 2, 2013.[16]

Andrew "Drew" Apathy joined in early 2014,[17] and a new EP, Bitchcraft, was released in June 2014. Their single 'We're Takin over!' featuring Deuce was released February 7.[18]

Blood on the Dance Floor released their first single off their new EP Cruel Pornography titled "The Sexorcist". In August, they released their new project and started planning the "Reign of Blood" tour. On February 14, 2016, the band released the single "Safe Word" on iTunes. On April 2016, Blood on the Dance Floor announced a 24 date with Steven Joseph and BrokenCYDE.[19] On August 17, BOTDF released their September 30th scheduled album Scissors on Apple Music.

On September 14, 2016, Dahvie Vanity said that the group would be disbanding after one final tour as a result of Jayy's departure earlier that month. For a while afterwards, Vanity created and worked on a new project called Sinners Are Winners, dropping an EP titled "For Beginners" and full length "The Invocation".[20]

Kawaii Monster and Haunted (2017–present)[edit]

In April 2017, Vanity announced there would be a new member, and that Blood on the Dance Floor would be returning on May 5 of that year (without JayyVon Monroe). In May 2017, it was revealed that Dahvie's girlfriend, Fallon Vendetta, is the new member of Blood on the Dance Floor. They have since released singles Resurrection Spell, Love Like Voodoo, Six Feet Under, Yo, Ho 2 (Pirate's Life), Ghosting and Destroy, with their album Kawaii Monster that was released on October 31, 2017. Kawaii Monster pre-orders will include a second disc, a remastered edition of Let's Start a Riot. They will also be releasing an exclusive EP titled You Are the Heart. In 2018, they released an album titled Haunted.

Musical style and influences[edit]

The group's style has been described as electronica[21] or electronic,[22] but also heavily incorporates electropop,[23][3] dance-pop,[24] and crunkcore.[25]

Vanity stated in an interview that American synth-pop artist Jeffree Star is a huge influence on BOTDF.

Criticism and controversy[edit]

The duo has been criticized by critics and listeners alike for their live concerts, style, vocals, and sexually graphic lyrics, although they have garnered a large fanbase.[26][27][28]

Sexual misconduct allegations against Dahvie Vanity[edit]

On August 1, 2018, lead singer Dahvie Vanity was accused of sexually assaulting multiple women, most of whom were underage, in an article on MetalSucks.[29] Vanity has been accused of sexual misconduct multiple times in the past, with some accusations going back to at least 2007.[29]

Members[edit]

Timeline

Discography[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Exclusive Interview: Blood On The Dance Floor. Critic Studio (January 26, 2012). Retrieved on 2015-10-21.
  2. ^ "Jeffree Star and BOTDF at war". AbsolutePunk.net. Retrieved July 14, 2012. 
  3. ^ a b c "Blood on the Dance Floor". Allmusic. 
  4. ^ The Epic Tour!!! – Top Spot USA – September 29th 2010 Archived February 22, 2014, at the Wayback Machine.. Top Spot USA (September 29, 2010). Retrieved on 2015-10-21.
  5. ^ "Vans Warped Tour / Bands / June 16th – August 5th / Tickets On Sale Now / Blood On The Dance Floor". Vanswarpedtour.com. Archived from the original on August 5, 2012. Retrieved July 14, 2012. 
  6. ^ "Lady Nogrady Speaks Out". Lemonade Magazine. July 2012. Archived from the original on February 15, 2013. 
  7. ^ "Blood On The Dance Floor:. All The Rage [Tour Dates]". Eurotrash Music. October 4, 2011. Archived from the original on February 22, 2014. 
  8. ^ "Evolution – Blood on the Dance Floor". Allmusic. 
  9. ^ "Blood On The Dance Floor interview w/ Robert Herrera". YouTube. October 16, 2011. Retrieved July 14, 2012. 
  10. ^ "Blood On The Dance Floor – Double Header Review: Evolution and Clubbed To Death". Nataliezworld. 
  11. ^ "Blood on the Dance Floor Announce "Anthem of the Outcast" EP Release Date". Alter the Press!. September 2012. 
  12. ^ "Blood on the Dance Floor Not Breaking Up Despite Rumors". Zack Zarillo. February 19, 2013. 
  13. ^ a b "DAMMIT: Blood On The Dance Floor Deny Break Up Rumors; Release New Single". Under the Gun Review. February 19, 2013. 
  14. ^ "Blood on the Dance Floor Confirm New Album". Alter the Press!. February 2013. 
  15. ^ "Blood On The Dance Floor Release New Song; Liken Themselves To Christ & Address Rape Allegations". Under the Gun Review. March 13, 2013. 
  16. ^ "Blood On The Dance Floor Release New Song "Something Grimm"". Alter the Press!. July 2013. 
  17. ^ "Id like to announce that @DrewApath..." Blood On The Dance Floor. January 2014. 
  18. ^ "Blood On The Dance Floor". Blood On The Dance Floor. February 2014. 
  19. ^ http://www.nataliezworld.com/2016/04/blood-on-dance-floor-announces-scissors.html
  20. ^ http://www.nataliezworld.com/2016/09/blood-on-dance-floors-dahvie-vanity.html
  21. ^ "Come get messy with Blood on the Dance Floor". Ace of Spades. June 6, 2013. Archived from the original on June 10, 2013. 
  22. ^ Blood on the Dance Floor – 5 Tour Essentials – Fuse. Fuse.tv (October 31, 2012). Retrieved on 2015-10-21.
  23. ^ Phares, Heather. "Blood on the Dance Floor". AllMusic. Retrieved June 26, 2017. 
  24. ^ "Blood on the Dance Floor – Evolution". Alternative Press. June 19, 2012. 
  25. ^ Breeding, Kennedy. (January 4, 2012) Concert review: Blood on the Dance Floor | www.themountaineagle.com. Mountain Eagle. Retrieved on 2015-10-21.
  26. ^ "Blood on the Dance Floor at Nile Theater, 4/5/2012". Phoenix New Times. April 6, 2012. 
  27. ^ "Blood on the Dance Floor Discuss Jesus and Allegations in New Song". Music Feeds. April 1, 2013. 
  28. ^ "Blood on the Dance Floor – Evolution". Sputnikmusic. June 23, 2012. 
  29. ^ a b http://www.metalsucks.net/2018/08/01/blood-on-the-dance-floors-dahvie-vanity-accused-of-sexually-assaulting-multiple-women-many-while-they-were-underage/

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