“What if this was the best day of your life?” Southern California’s hardcore Dangers is back with Five O’Clock Shadows At The Edge Of The Western World, a six song EP that is some of their most introspective work yet.
The EP starts off with the same pissed off aggression we’ve seen from Dangers with opener “The Mourning Routine”, and blasts into a slower instrumental “(Santa Anas)”. The rest of the album manages to sound different from their earlier work, yet still contains the same anger and fury, but just in a much more focused manner. The incredibly melodic “Midnight Traffic” is a perfect example of a song that shows how the band evolved while still very clearly being the pissed off Dangers that we know.
Dangers has always stood out from their hardcore peers by their gut-wrenching honest lyrics, and the EP is no different. Dealing with themes of breaking routine and escape, Al Brown has always had a knack for penning down often difficult to express emotions, quite vividly.
While I don’t think it’s my favorite release by them (I prefer the blasted unfocused fury of their previous stuff), it’s definitely worth picking up if you’re a fan of Dangers. Easily one of my bands around, do yourself a favor and check out all of their stuff (and their side project Ghostlimb and Graf Orlock as well… also completely sick).