Coming off the 2nd time around trainwreck that is Jonny Craig (which, as a sidenote, is fucking retarded. You didn’t see this coming, how? You can’t make a non-team player into a team player, that’s not how it works) DGD seemed to be destined for a defunct wikipage. Downtown Mountain Battle Part 2, featuring the return of Craig, was garbage, due to incoherent songs and boring guitar riffs. Like, there’s funk there, but it’s like it’s coming off of a keyboard backup track.
Acceptance Speech brings the band back to the Kurt Travis funk that they were peddling earlier, whereas Craig brought a bizarre mix of epic and jazzy. Funny, how the band conforms around it’s vocalists. There are a lot of cruddy hooks, but this is a pop band so who fuckin’ cares. The grooves are bangin’ and the songs feel quick due to their ability to refer back to the original melody and drop into bridges abruptly. The guitar and bass work is super bouncey and the guys are all over their frets, dropping into what sounds like spontaneous licks that they’ll repeat for a verse and then it’s an actual part of the song.
This is still post-2005 screamo. DGD is probably an ancient in that respect. Warped Tour is still bringing a lot of these bands to the youth in it’s summer circus, but bands from this era are old. Like, you and me old. DGD is a dinosaur that we might have for some time. I’d be alright with that.