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      August 21, 2019

      Wednesday   7:00 PM

      9081 Santa Monica Boulevard
      West Hollywood, California 90069

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      with Landon Tewers, Brent Walsh, Rivals
      The more questions we ask, the more inspiration we find. Tilian (Pearson) doesnt stop questioning, and he keeps growing artistically as a result. The Florida-born and Los Angeles-based singer, songwriter, guitarist, and producer continues this existential search on his third full-length solo album and first for Rise Records, The Skeptic. In keeping with the title, an urge to uncover answers informs the music, the lyrics, and the spirit of these ten tracks.Musically and in my personal life, I kept thinking, Ive got to find and explore some new ground, he affirms. Ive always been so much more questioning than most people around me are. I never really bought into things the way 90% of the crowd does. That sentiment communicated the idea of The Skeptic to me.It marks the next step on a journey he embarked upon in 2013. In tandem with fronting Dance Gavin Dance, the artist has prolifically released solo material over the past five years. He went from the full-length debut Material Me [2013] to the Future Friends EP [2014] before unveiling his sophomore LP Perfect Enemy [2015], and most recently the Patient EP [2017]. Amassing a string of fan favorites such as True, Heartfelt, and the single Back To Life with Jonny Craig, he regularly averages 220K monthly listeners on Spotify in between packing shows coast to coast. Prior to making Dance Gavin Dances Artificial Selection, he retreated to Portland for three weeks in the fall of 2017 to record what would become The Skeptic alongside producer and frequent collaborator Kris Crummett. This time around, the music hinged on Tilians iridescent riffing at its root.This is a lot more guitar-based than anything Ive ever done before, he explains. That came from writing most of it myself. Even if did have a co-write, I often rewrote the production so each song could fit the same style. In the past, its been more programming-based. Its got a vibe of post hardcore and dream pop crossed over now.During the sessions, wildfires burned around the Portland area. That atmosphere slightly affected the recording as his voice came off super smoky with a little extra grit on the softer stuff. Between that and the six-string expansion, the sonic palette dramatically widens for Tilian. The first single Cocky struts from guitar awash in chorus towards a catchy and confessional vocal admission, I got a little too cocky.Its a story of a one-night stand you think you are on top of, and you catch feelingsand she doesnt, he sighs. You go, Oh shit, I went into this thinking it would be okay, and its not.Elsewhere, Hold On illuminates the expanse of his voice over lush guitars and booming percussion. He pens a different kind of love song by urging, Hold on to me now. Youre not invincible.Album closer Ghost Town commences on a thudding bass lie punctuated by finger snaps. Soon, it shuffles into a swaggering pre-chorus highlighting his falsetto before the hauntingly hypnotic refrain.I actually did that one in my apartment, he states. I was going to write it about this dark depression, but it got brighter and brighter. Theres a catharsis throughout the song. I wasnt with Rise yet when I did the album. I had funded it myself. I was in a place where I was just going to see where things went. It gets lighter at the end, reflecting the general mood.As he continues posing questions on this journey, Tilian has a better grasp on himself as an artist than ever before, and that shines through The Skeptic.Im optimistic and excited, he leaves off. Ive been through the ringer, but Ive had a pretty awesome and fortunate life. The whole journey is ongoing, and I get to be responsible for it.

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