On Tour: Blood on the Dance Floor Says Goodbye

The band will enjoy one last hurrah before the door closes on them, leaving a bright, yet uncertain future for both Von Monroe and Insanity.

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On November 26, the Florida-based duo known as Blood on the Dance Floor will hit the stage in St. Louis as well as their 10-year mark—and their demise. The band has officially parted ways, and this is to be the last tour bearing that name. Lead vocalist, songwriter, and frontman Dahvie Insanity (formerly Dahvie Vanity) is taking the last of their shows on the road, playing select cities for the fans: to say goodbye, and to introduce his new act, Sinners Are Winners.

However, fans may not be as excited, with the absence of co-frontman Jayy Von Monroe. This time around, Insanity is taking center stage, doing the tour on his own as his way of saying thank you to their legions of dedicated fans. Without Von Monroe, this is a different band. Yet, they are playing the more popular music from their catalog, with Insanity on all lead vocals.

No matter what label you bestow upon their music—be it gothic rock, electronica, or death pop—this band still defies all labels. With a style all their own, BOTDF have blown away fans and critics alike, with their last album together, 2016’s Scissors, showing the growth of their material and overall sound. Yet, when an artist feels creatively trapped, the music suffers, the live show suffers, and the death knoll rings. Such is the case with BOTDF. Now that the band is no more, with Von Monroe living quietly in Arizona and Insanity debuting the new Sinners Are Winners project in Cleveland in December, Insanity says he now feels free to do the music he wants to do. If albums like Master of Death, a side project of Insanity’s, is any indication of the music to come, then most fans of BOTDF will be satisfied.

It’s difficult to say whether or not his new project will arouse the fan interest as much as his former band did. Some fans are fickle; disappoint them once, and they never come back. Musically, Sinners Are Winners is certainly an extension of the music created by BOTDF, yet it is Insanity’s own. He shares the spotlight with no one else with this new outing. Stand or fall, he himself is responsible—and he alone will receive the glory.

Joining Insanity on this tour is NYC’s own Justin Symbol, who will be doing his first major tour through the Midwest. Also on the bill is Tear Out the Heart, an up-and-coming metalcore band from St. Louis whose latest album, Dead, Everywhere, shows much promise for this act. For fans of gothic/death pop, this is a tour that is not to be missed. It’s hard for some to say goodbye; for others, it’s a new day with new music to be made.

Let us mourn together the death of Blood on the Dance Floor. After 10 years and some amazing albums, the future beckons for both members. Will sinners be winners? That will soon be determined. However, the band will enjoy one last hurrah before the door closes on them, leaving a bright, yet uncertain future for both Von Monroe and Insanity. | Marc Farr

Join Blood on the Dance Floor with special guests Justin Symbol, Tear Out the Heart, Sheevaa, and Vanity Strikes when they play Fubar STL November 26. Tickets are available at www.ticketfly.com, or at www.bigcartel.com. VIP upgrades are also available. Full tour dates are below.

11.26 | Fubar, St. Louis
11.27 | Smooth Fox, Elgin IL
11.29 | Co. Concourse, Bloomington IN
11.30 | The Ritz, Detroit
12.01 | Louie Backroom, Kalamazoo MI
12.02 | Mad Frog, Cincinnati
12.03 | Vintage Villains, Danville IL
12.04 | The Champ, Lamoyne PA
12.05 | Revolution, Long Island
12.06 | Radioactive, Pittsburgh
12.07 | Throne Theatre, Wilmington NC
12.08 | The Concourse, Knoxville
12.09 | Local 662, St. Petersburg
12.10 | Backbooth, Orlando
12.11 | Rockhouse, Ocala FL
12.12 | Jack Rabbits, Jacksonville
12.13 | The Handlebar, Pensacola
12.14 | Southport Hall, New Orleans
12.15 | Jack’s Bar, San Antonio
12.16 | The Door, Dallas

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