Happiness (Dance Gavin Dance album)

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Studio album by Dance Gavin Dance
Released June 9, 2009
Recorded February 2009
Studio Interlace Audio Studios, Portland, OR
Length 36:55
Label Rise
Producer Kris Crummett
Dance Gavin Dance chronology
Dance Gavin Dance
(2008)Dance Gavin Dance2008
Live at Bamboozle 2010
(2010)Live at Bamboozle 20102010
Singles from Happiness
  1. "Don't Tell Dave"
    Released: May 28, 2009
  2. "NASA"
    Released: May 31, 2009
  3. "Tree Village"
    Released: August 15, 2009
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[1]
Alternative Press 3.5/5 stars[2]
Blare 3.5/5 stars[3]
Reviewrinserepeat.com 4/5 stars[4]

Happiness is the third studio album by post-hardcore band Dance Gavin Dance. It was released by Rise Records on June 9, 2009. The band went into the studio with Kris Crummett to record the album on February 14, 2009. On April 10, they uploaded new artwork and a recording of the new song "Tree Village" onto their MySpace profile. On May 28, "Don't Tell Dave" was also added to their MySpace page with "NASA" being posted soon after on May 31.

This album marks a significant change for the band's sound, as it deviates from their traditional post-hardcore sound and instead embraces more experimental elements, many of which are expanded upon in following albums.[citation needed]

This is their first (and only, to date) album without original member Jon Mess, and therefore the first and so far only album with vocalist and guitarist Will Swan handling screaming duties. It is also their only album with former bassist Jason Ellis, who left after the recording. It is their last album with lead vocalist, Kurt Travis. They have also made a music video for "Tree Village". It is their second release thus far to provide lyrics for each song in the CD booklet (Whatever I Say Is Royal Ocean being the first).

Happiness is hard to find, with recent represses selling out in minutes. Few physical copies are available online, with a small number being found on sites such as eBay, with prices often pushing the two hundred mark.

Happiness peaked at number 145 on the Billboard 200 and 30 on the Top Independent Albums chart.[5]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Length
1. "Tree Village" 3:20
2. "NASA" 3:35
3. "I'm Down with Brown Town" 3:01
4. "Carl Barker" 5:13
5. "Happiness" (featuring Tony Tataje) 3:30
6. "Self-Trepanation" 3:13
7. "Strawberry Swisher, Pt. 1" 3:28
8. "Don't Tell Dave" 3:17
9. "Strawberry Swisher, Pt. 2" 3:07
10. "Powder to the People" 5:11
Total length: 36:55


Dance Gavin Dance
  • Kurt Travis – lead vocals
  • Will Swan – guitar, unclean vocals, rapping (on track 10)
  • Zachary Garren – guitar
  • Jason Ellis – bass
  • Matt Mingus – drums, percussion
Additional personnel
  • Kris Crummett - production, engineering mixing, mastering
  • Neil Engle - engineering
  • Jeff Bond - engineering
  • Mattias Adolfsson - artwork