Danger Club gets interviewed and talks about their "Good Times Are Over" album, Rock music genres and much more.
From: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Sounds like: Alternative Rock/Pop Punk
1. How did you get started with music and how did you develop your sound? Who thought of the name “Danger Club” and is there any meaning behind it?
The name came about while we were on a trip to New York with our old band. Jake and Mark were reading a Goosebumps book, one of the give yourself goosebumps ones, and the characters were in a club called "Danger, Inc." So we changed it to Danger Club and once we formed this band, it stuck.
2. What do you want listeners to take away from the "Good Times Are Over" album?
The album is meant to be a document of a moment in time; there's been so much injustice and anger and violence in the US over the last few years, and the album is almost a release valve for that. The themes of paranoia and hope run parallel in it, because there is much to be worried and anxious about, but also much to look forward to and be hopeful for. I would hope listeners would tap into that feeling, and harness it, and use it to rise up against the tidal wave of hatred and fear and divisiveness that we're all living in, to resist it and fight back. The final track, "Ghosts And Machines", is explicitly tied up in all the songs previous to it, and ends with the message "We can resist and defy." If any message can be taken from the album, it's that: this is a battle we can win, we just have to have hope and fight.
3. What can people expect from your live show?
People can expect energy, musicianship, fun, and maybe a little catharsis. We like to have fun on stage, without sacrificing the quality of the music; we'll throw a cover in every so often too, just to keep people guessing. We definitely love when the crowd sings along, especially the gang vocal parts.
4. What's your favorite track to play live?
I would say either "Eater Of Worlds" or "I'm Not In This For Your Revolution", as both are high energy and get the crowd pumped up, while still having sing along and gang vocals parts.
5. Who are three bands you’d like to tour with?
No question, The Wonder Years would be number one. I think Coheed and Cambria would also be a great fit, and Modern Baseball.
6. Any crazy show stories?
Nothing really crazy as of yet, but there's always time to make some in the future.
7. What’s your take on the current state of alternative rock?
Alternative rock is such a wide umbrella, it's not even a fair comparison to make anymore. There's radio ready pop alt-rock like Foo Fighters and Jimmy Eat World, versus older style indie rock like Cursive or Bright Eyes, versus pop punk like The Wonder Years and Modern Baseball, versus emo like You Blew It! and American Football, versus versus versus... There are so many options and avenues to take, that each band ends up becoming a genre in and unto itself. So let's shatter the notion of genre and just have "good bands" and "good music" and leave it at that. Labels and indentifiers are nice, but they shouldn't define who or what a band is.
8. What’s the current music scene like there in Pennsylvania both locally and state wide?
Local bands are like family, we all look out and help each other as best as we can. There are definitely a lot of different bands and venues in the area, spread across the Philadelphia area.
9. What’s your take on legal/illegal music downloading?
It's a fact of life now; that ship has sailed, as far as I'm concerned. In fact, I think it's an outdated worry at this point, as the current trend is towards a dual future of streaming options and boutique vinyl. The convenience of being able to use Spotify/Pandora/Apple Music and have almost any song/artist available at any time, versus the true hardcore fan who wants the special edition vinyl with multiple limited color pressings and the bonus booklet; that is the ultimate future. Utility or novelty.
10. What’s next for Danger Club?
We just released a holiday single "A Holiday In Flavortown" towards the end of December, which was received very well by everyone; next would be upcoming gigs, and continuing working on new songs for the next album. I'm trying to make it a concept album/rock opera, but we'll see how that goes.
11. Any shoutouts?
Big ups to Eternal Boy (formerly the Spacepimps) and Automatic 253, they're all bros to the max. Also: check out www.nicoledisco.com for any photographic needs; she shot our album cover, and it's super baller.