Dance Gavin Dance and singer Tilian Pearson have both shared new statements revealing that Pearson will be rejoining the band. They expect to be back on the road together in 2023. In his statement, Pearson talks about going to therapy, but he clarifies that his drug addiction treatment had “nothing to do” with allegations of sexual assault he faced recently.
Pearson, the longtime clean vocalist of Dance Gavin Dance, was said earlier this year to be “step away” from the Californian post-hardcore act. Afterwards, the group said the singer would “seek professional help” as they toured this summer without him.
In Pearson’s new statement, which appeared on Thursday (November 10), the singer addresses problems with alcohol, which he says intensified after died unexpectedly in April by Dance Gavin Dance bassist Tim Feerick.
In Dance Gavin Dance’s contemporaneous statement on Thursday, which Metal injection reported, the band welcomes Pearson back to the fold. They write: “If the past year has taught us anything, it’s that everyone deals with grief differently, and Tilian is no exception. When Tilian opened up to us about his substance abuse problem that had developed in recent months, we all agreed he needed time to reset his life.”
The group adds: “We are a resilient group that has always believed in redemption and we have seen the hard work that Tilian has done to solve and overcome a problem that has plagued him for years. That is why we welcome him back to the band. We are proud of his progress and look forward to seeing you all on the road next year.”
Pearson writes: “I wanted to update everyone on what has been happening in my time away from Dance Gavin Dance. As the band dealt with the tragic loss of one of our brothers, it could have brought us together, but instead it sent me down a self-destructive path.”
He continues, “I’ve spent the last few months in an alcohol rehab program along with an intensive series of therapy sessions to reassess my life and how I want to live it. It became clear to me and my bandmates that this was the had to happen for me to continue with the group and I will always appreciate their understanding, support and the time they have given me to get my life together.”
Pearson adds: “I hate the power I’ve allowed alcohol to have over my life. I want to apologize to the band and all the fans of Dance Gavin Dance and assure you that my mistakes are solely my own and should never be a reflection on the other members.”
He concludes: “It’s also important for me to address something that has been distorted and misrepresented during my absence from the band. The work I’ve done on myself and my substance abuse issues has nothing to do with any kind of sexual misdemeanor. I have never had sex or any type of intimate relationship without the consent of a partner. I hope this clears up the events of the past few months and I look forward to reuniting with the band and seeing you all on the road in 2023. “
If you or someone you know has been sexually assaulted, there are resources available to help. Please visit RAIN (Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network) online or call 800-656-HOPE (800-656-4673).
Dance Gavin Dance Statement – Nov. 10, 2022
Tilian Pearson Statement – Nov. 10, 2022
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