Good Dangers are one of my favourite new bands, they will be playing in Cardiff and June and have just released their debut single “DFYF”.
Tell me about your band, who is Good Dangers and what influences to get involved in music?
We all studied together is the overarching connection I guess. Goldsmiths in London, although we were all in different years. Max and I started playing together. We’d meet up at each other’s houses and play along to a drum machine. I’d been playing quite a bit of alt country and folk stuff, but when we played together it had much more of an electric feel. Met Howard at bar one night, he was a guitarist but we needed a bassist and he didn’t really care, just wanted to jam. John and Jen joined a bit later. They bring all the harmony between them. We all listen to everything, no mega influences on Good Dangers. We try to avoid sounding like other bands, but you know things slip through!
You’re based in London, what type of music scene do you see in the city now, and are there any acts that we should look out for that you would recommend?
Well, London is kind of funny like that. You have West London which is the whole folk, Mumford, Laura scene, North London which is still quite ‘rock’ and the East, where we mostly play, which has a lot of indie/dance going on. Some of it’s great, some is awful, but there is always something to go see east.
Check out Grand Forever. They’re fun and play great live.
There seems to be an influx of bands at the moment, what makes you stand out and different from the rest of them?
Wow, I think I’d like you to answer that one! We just write the songs that feel good to us and let them sit out there.
What can we expect from Good Dangers this year?
You’re getting our first single next week, DFYF, there will be lots of London shows and some regional dates, some live video sessions, and another single in the summer – loads of demos will appear too.
What are you currently listening to?
I’m listening to D/R/U/G/S, Field Music, Das Racist, Hudson Mohawke, Kurt Vile, Com Truise, hmmm lots I guess. and the guy I live with is pumping me full of prog at the moment.
Are there any particular artists / music Good Dangers can’t stand at the moment? You don’t have to name and shame……
I find loads of stuff hard musically, but you’ll not hear me talk about it. Love and peace.
If you could have anyone listen to your music who would it be and why?
Maybe Jake Gyllenhaal, but not if he’s got a fencing outfit on.
What do you do when you’re not making music?
At the moment I’m kind of obsessed with tennis, so me and a few boys get some beers and hang at the courts. Then feel guilty that we haven’t done any work!
Finally describe your sound in three words…
Rad rad rad
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