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Tilian Pearson has returned to Dance Gavin Dance after stepping away from the post-hardcore group earlier this year due to sexual assault claims. Pearson admits to struggling with drinking but denies any sexual misconduct in a recent statement.
Dance Gavin Dance has had a horrible and turbulent year. Tim Feerick, their bassist, died unexpectedly in April. Pearson left the group two months later after being accused of sexual misconduct by two other women. The band was later dropped as the support act for Coheed and Cambria’s summer tour, and Alkaline Trio took their place.
Pearson has rejoined the band, with both Dance Gavin Dance and the vocalist publishing statements announcing his return. According to the band’s statement:
“If the past year has taught us anything, it’s that everyone grief differently, and Tilian is no exception.” When Tilian came up to us about his recent substance addiction problem, we all agreed that he needed time to reset his life in order to avoid the awful fate of so many musicians before him.
We are a resilient community that has always believed in redemption, and we have seen Tilian’s dedication to addressing and overcoming an issue that has tormented him for years. That is why we are glad to have him back in the band. We are proud of his growth and hope to see you all on the road next year.”
Meanwhile, Pearson issued the following statement: “I wanted to update everyone up to date on what has been happening during my time away from Dance Gavin Dance.”
The band’s devastating death of one of our brothers could have brought us together, but instead, it pushed me down a self-destructive path.
I’ve spent the last few months in an alcohol recovery program, as well as an intensive series of therapy sessions, reassessing my life and how I want to live it.
It became evident to me and my bandmates that this was what needed to happen for me to stay with the group, and I will be eternally grateful for their understanding, support, and the time they have given me to get my life in order.
I despise the power that I have given booze in my life. I’d want to apologize to the band and all of Dance Gavin Dance’s fans and tell you that my faults are entirely mine, and should never be seen as a reflection on the other members.
It’s also critical that I address something that has been twisted and misrepresented during my time away from the band. The work I’ve done on myself and my substance addiction problems has nothing to do with sexual misconduct. I’ve never had sex or engaged in any form of intimate connection without the agreement of a partner.
I hope this clarifies the recent events, and I’m looking forward to reuniting with the band and seeing you all on the road in 2023.”
Pearson was accused of having forcible intercourse with one lady, while another said Pearson forced her to have sex with him.
In July, Dance Gavin Dance released their new album Jackpot Juicer and went on their own summer headlining tour without Pearson (welcoming back former member Kurt Travis to fill in on vocals).