Dangers have quickly become one of my favorite hardcore bands ever since I started listening to them a few years back, but never had the opportunity to see live on account they’ve never played Philadelphia before. This past weekend, I almost made some plans to go visit some friends in another city, but then I saw a flyer on facebook for Dangers. Not only were they playing their first show in Philly ever, but it was a house show at the Golden Tea House. Oh fuck yes.
I drove out to West Philly, and there was a pretty damn sizable crowd for a Sunday night. I haven’t been this stoked for a show in a very long time.
First up were Philly’s own Sore Saints. These guys were a bit of the black sheep of the lineup, where the rest of the bands were hardcore/powerviolence acts, these dudes played heavier post-punk similar to Joy Division and the darker Smiths songs (guilty pleasure time: I’m a diehard Smiths fan). They put on a solid set, with plenty of ambiance and heavy reverb, if you like 70s post-punk, you’ll probably dig these guys.
There were a lot of people there for PA’s Kids alone, and the second they took the floor a pit immediately broke out. Thrashy noisy hardcore, Kids put on an energetic set with plenty of people in the crowd shouting along each word. The band was constantly in the pit itself, with the guitarist rhinocharging through and even completely busting up his guitar in the process, which made them have to end the set 3 songs early. Still, worth it for the fuck of a show they put on.
A handful of people left after Kids, but that is incredibly their fucking loss. They missed the shit-storm of hardcore that Staten Island’s Vice rained down. These guys played heavy as fuck hardcore with a healthy dose of powerviolence. The band wore their influences on proudly on their sleeves, and they definitely had plenty of early NYHC influences as well, even just through the lyrical content. Often raging against the hardcore scene itself, and keeping things DIY, these guys were clearly pissed… and definitely worth you checking out.
Being 28 and going to countless shows, it’s rare for me to get as stoked as I did as a teenager to see a band. Dangers was an exception. NOTHING could have prepared me for the fucking blitz that seeing Dangers was going to be: no amount of youtube videos could have possibly hinted at to what I was about to experience. The band set up, stated it was their first Philly show ever, vocalist Al talked about how he grew up going to Philly shows since his Uncle lived a few blocks away from the house, and gave a final “Hi, we’re Dangers from California” before busting into their call to arms “We Broke The P.A”. The place completely went off, and didn’t let up for the rest of the night.
Their recorded work is completely ferocious, but their live show brings such a viciousness that simply cannot be captured unless you’re actually there to experience it. With the aggressive as fuck music, I’m convinced that Al may be the most insane frontman of a hardcore band I’ve ever seen with him constantly in the crowd with pile-ons, running wild in the pit, it felt much less like watching a band as much as a community experience, the way that hardcore is meant to be, but something that only a few bands are able to pull off (Paint It Black being one of the only other few ones).
They played an incredibly solid setlist, with most coming off their Anger and Messy, Isn’t It albums, with a few sprinkled in from their latest EP that was released earlier this year. And even as dark and pissed their lyrics are, there was an air of hopefulness and good vibes about the show.
I feel like I don’t need to go to anymore shows this year, because even though it is incredibly early… I can say with confidence that this little house show was definitely one of the best shows of 2014, let alone one of the best I’ve ever been to.
Fun tidbit: the kid who was bitching that there wasn’t enough “hate mosh” during the song (D)anger(s). I think you missed the point of the song dude.
We Broke The PA
Power Chord Blues
Cure For AIDS
I’ll Clap When I’m Impressed
Saved By The Bouyancy Of Citrus
Half Brother, All Cop
Bottom Of The 9th Ward
Stay At Home Mom
No Vonneguts, No Glory
Straight As She Wants To Be
Five O’Clock Shadows At The End Of The Western World
What Goes Up
My Wonder Years Never Got Cancelled
We Have More Sense Than Lies
Dangers – A Missed Chance For A Meaningful Abortion
If Meat Is Murder, What The Fuck Is Love:
Dangers – Messy, Isn’t It?
Dangers – Self Titled EP
Dangers – Anger
Dangers – Demo
Ghostlimb – Infrastructure