Ah, The Tony Danza Tapdance Extravaganza. Yet another tech core band with humble goof-off origins turned serious musical force to be reckoned with. After losing damn near everyone but vocalist Jessie Freeland, saving grace multi-instrumentalist Josh Travis stepped up to the plate to write the instrumental front to the much anticipated third album Danza III: The Series Of Unfortunate Events. The hype was so large that the monumental expectations seemed impossible to meet, but Danza III shockingly exceeded those expectations. Travis’ fresh take on the patent Danza sound added a melodic twist, throwing down pummeling riffs and technical wizardry against melodic ambient undertones, at times sounding like The Dillinger Escape Plan, Meshuggah, and Isis were thrown into a room and told to hammer out some ideas. This, coupled with Freeland’s ferocious and pissed off screaming, made Danza III one of the greatest albums of 2010, serving as close to a breakout hit as this particular scene could allow.
It’s not exactly a secret that the band—now with a full lineup—have been writing. Guitarist Josh Travis seems to be once again taking the helm with the major songwriting duties, as he uploaded two new demos to his soundcloud page. Now, there’s no indication if it’s Danza material or some sort of solo project or what have you, but it certainly sounds like an exploration of the sound we heard on Danza III, while still sounding like it could be for something else entirely—it’s hard to tell. It should go without saying that the new tracks are mindblowing, moving in an even more melodic focus while still keeping the aggressive and technical aspect that the band is known for. If this is what Danza IV is going to sound like, then it might just top Danza III.
Unfortunately, one of the tracks has since been removed. Awww bummer. However, the other new demo track and an older demo from a couple of months ago were uploaded together on YouTube. Hooray internet!
The band has promised to deliver some ‘big news’ soon enough. We’ll let you know when that happens!