San Francisco’s champions of overcast pop-heavy rock n’ roll, Dangermaker, have a very solid track record, which their forthcoming Light the Dark III succeeds beyond expectations in furthering. Picking up where they left off with Light the Dark I &...
San Francisco’s champions of overcast pop-heavy rock n’ roll, Dangermaker, have a very solid track record, which their forthcoming Light the Dark III succeeds beyond expectations in furthering. Picking up where they left off with Light the Dark I & II, this collection is defined by classic songwriting, charmingly familiar hooks and a particular style of raw, warm production that flows throughout courtesy of producer Aaron Hellam. The band had an exciting year, including recent festival appearances at Bottlerock Napa and Live 105’s BFD Music Festivals – with headliners like Florence & The Machine, Atlas Genius, Grouplove, Modest Mouse, Cold War Kids and Best Coast – continuing on with US tour dates. Light The Dark III is scheduled for release fall 2016.
After lead singer Adam Brookes’ father suffered a fatal accident and suddenly passed away during the first week of tracking their debut album Black Dream, Adam, Carlos, Dave & Neko plunged into their art with urgency and a newfound lust for life, eventually emerging with a euphoric sound that defines their new releases on Breakup Records. Channeling a signature brand of dark indie pop ala early Killers, Phoenix, and White Lies has propelled the band forward to recent showcases at SXSW, CMJ and beyond.
"With catchy rock hooks and an indie pop vibe, Dangermaker creates a unique sound that infects your soul." Tony DuShane, San Francisco Chronicle
"Driving percussion and moody, anxious guitar hooks (Interpol at their most danceable?) lay a bed for singer Adam Burnett's plaintive wail, which — while Bowie comparisons are hard to live up to (and he gets them often enough) — has a way of sticking around your eardrums... like an adventure dream full of danger you can't quite put your finger on, something hanging on the precipice of nightmare, but too interesting to make you want to wake up." Emma Silvers, San Francisco Bay Guardian
"A sensational ride between dark and light... anthemic and dramatic tracks that find the rock outfit taking on a much more mature sound. There’s much more to expect from Dangermaker with their upcoming Light The Dark EP I release." Victor Casillas Valle, The Bay Bridged
"Dangermaker knows exactly who and what they are and unabashedly portray that for the world to see. They perfect what their influencers created, neatly wrapped in haphazard melodies and experimental instrumentation. I am now addicted to this indie rock band, their guitar riffs are incapsulating and their vocal stylings capture emotion differently then I have ever heard. Any fan of pulsing rhythms, reverie guitar playing, and innovative lyrics should give this band a listen." Gabe Crawford, Vinyl Vortex
Tough Customer Records Blog by Ethan Kanat San Francisco’s Dangermaker play slick, haunting guitar rock that goes perfectly with a shot of whiskey and an absence of light. Don’t bother listening to this band first thing in the morning as...
DOA Online Zine Album Review by David Smith An amalgam of indie-pop and 70s blues-rock, (Dangermaker) songs have something of Cheap Trick to them, with a little Harvey Danger or Modest Mouse thrown in. 'Need' could be decades-old radio...
Tough Customer Records Blog by Ethan Kanat San Francisco’s Dangermaker play slick, haunting guitar rock that goes perfectly with a shot of whiskey and an absence of light. Don’t bother listening to this band first thing in the morning as you enjoy a bran muffin with your skim latte. This is not a breakfast band. Instead, you should throw on their EP at the tail end of a three-day bender when you’ve jacked up the stereo and you’re just looking to make one last pass at the girl sitting by herself at the end of the bar. I can’t say for certain, but I’m pretty sure Dangermaker are creatures of the night - which works for me because I am definitely not a morning person.
DOA Online Zine Album Review by David Smith An amalgam of indie-pop and 70s blues-rock, (Dangermaker) songs have something of Cheap Trick to them, with a little Harvey Danger or Modest Mouse thrown in. 'Need' could be decades-old radio fare... the guitars have some nice wah to them, and the singer can belt out a tune. The chorus of 'I need something / but I don’t know what it is' has Billboard charts stamped on it. The 3 minutes of 'Delirious' crawl around in an attempt at darkness, it’s actually a little creepy compared to the other cuts... This 5-song EP is not for everyone.
CNET/download.com Review by Editor A cross of Mick Jagger and David Bowie might make one scary looking dude, but his voice would sure intrigue. This S.F. act does a dead-on imitation of that unholy mash-up, then supports "him" with juicy sleaze-rock guitars, a la another wildly skilled wildman: Keith Richards.
Decoy Music Album Review by Rick Gebhardt Swaggering along, Dangermaker sound like they’re they type of guys to be smoking stogies and slamming whiskey while on stage, taking breaks between songs to wink at the pretty ladies and revel in how cool they are. A review at CNET said that Dangermaker sounded like a mix of Mick Jagger and David Bowie... and I couldn’t really come up with a better comparison than that. Add some modern indie rock sensibilities to the catalog of those two artists and you have a very clear picture of how this EP comes across.
The Owl Mag Review by Eugenia Loli-Queru I'd rate Dangermaker as one of my top 5 favorite indie bands in the Bay Area. The magic behind Dangermaker's music is the accessibility in the sound, the listener 'gets' the melody with the first listen... much better than anything the majority of unsigned bands can produce on their own. If these guys don't make it big, or if at least the local radios don't start playing them, then this is one fat, unfair, life we all live in.
Lollipop Review by Scott Hefflon Something about this band, especially the vocals, reminds me of INXS. Slick yet kinda dark, '80s pop rock with some keyboards, but enough slithering guitar to keep it rock... this five-song EP captures the attention and holds it. Oh, and the INXS namedrop is a positive thing, seeing as they wrote a couple handfuls of songs we all know, and are still played on the radio, and we don't groan when they come on.
Racket Magazine, 8 out of 10 by Rick Hermansen With any good music, the immediacy of the vibe and groove of the song is of the utmost importance in connecting with any listener. Lengthy introductions, endless instrumental passages, and pretentious noodling are surefire ways to alienate the average listener from your music. Dangermaker, one of the freshest new bands on the Bay Area scene, is the antithesis of the aforementioned statement above... one can’t help but want to go to his nearest bar, kick back a double shot of Jack, and shoot pool till last call. If their recent success is any indication of what’s to come, these guys are going places fast.