Already known for actively engaging fans at his shows, Dan Deacon has taken concert participation to a new level. He has released a free smartphone app, allowing concertgoers to interact with the show. Without using Wi-Fi or data, fans’ phones are turned into “light and sound spectacles” that change color and emit sounds to the beat of the music. To extend the life of the app, a musical instrument app based on Deacon’s new album, America, is included in the download. Deacon’s label (Domino Records) states that a “device once thought of as a distraction now turns each show into an ecstatic act of empowerment by turning every concert into a collective one-of-a-kind immersive concert experience.”

The app was develped by Deacon alongsideĀ Wham City Apps, including app-programmer Keith Lea, Patrick McMinn, Alan Resnick and Robert O’Brien. Its launch coincides with the release of America (out yesterday) and his tour kickoff (starting tonight).

Doesn’t that look like a fun dance party? Austinites can get their app ready for Dan Deacon’s show at Beauty Ballroom on October 11th. Not in Austin? See the full list of tour dates here.

Here’s the latest single from Dan Deacon’s America:

The app is reminiscent of Coldplay’s Xylobands. Is this the new trend in concert going?

– Submitted by Jessica Reed, Social Media