Dangers is one of the best hardcore bands around, period. Touring in support of their new album The Bend In The Break, on Wednesday I had the chance to see them again over at Philadelphia’s First Unitarian Church basement. In the past, I’ve only seen these Los Angeles punks play Philly’s now defunct Golden Tea House, but to make it feel more like a house show the bands all played the floor of the church instead of on the stage. I missed local Philly openers Soul Glo but made it in time for Kids.
I’ve seen Kids a few times (actually playing both shows with Dangers at The Golden Tea House in 2014) and both times they killed it. Tonight was no exception. Playing noisy, experimental hardcore, Pennsylvania’s own Kids wasted no time as they ripped into their energetic set, barely stopping to take a breather between songs. Kids goes from incredibly fast powerviolence similar to bands like Weekend Nachos to more experimental sound loops that take a page from bands such as Melt Banana or The Refused.
I have to make a post about it still that goes into deeper detail, but if you haven’t heard The Bend In The Break yet, it’s definitely different than their earlier albums and continues where Five O’Clock Shadows At The Edge Of The Western World left off, expanding on the more “post-hardcore” (for lack of a better word, but god I hate that fucking term) sound. The overall tempo of the songs are slower, but no less heavy… in fact some of the heaviest moments of the night were from the new songs.
As Dangers were setting up in the middle of the room, vocalist Al spoke to the small group talking about coming to the church basement years ago to see a Kid Dynamite reunion, how punk is a space for everyone regardless of skin color, sex, or anything else, and how we all may disagree on everything but have this sacred space known as punk in common before ripping into their set.
If you’ve never seen Dangers before, they seriously throw one of the most energetic shows around and truly are the embodiment of a hardcore band. What I mean by that is anytime I’ve ever seen them live, it never really felt much like a “show” as much as a community event. The band never makes it about themselves, Al is constantly in the crowd and the whole thing just is a raw organic energy that never alienates.
The new songs were even heavier live than on the album, and while only a few of us seemed to know them (the album did just come out in October after all) most people were digging them. If you never saw Dangers before, go fucking see them already. They’re one of my favorite bands and easily throw one of the best shows you’ll ever see.
Setlist (From what I remember, not in order):
The Bend In The Break (I think they did this one)
Power Chord Blues
Kiss With Spit
Half Brother, All Cop
We Have More Sense Than Lies
My Wonder Years Never Got Canceled
I’ll Clap When I’m Impressed
Under The Affluence
The Straight World
Those Sad Plebes Down Below (I think)
Cure For Aids
The Great American Songbook
Very Small and Weak In A Land of Barbarians
Stay At Home Mom
It’s The Violence That Keeps Us Alive:
Dangers – Five O’Clock Shadows At The Edge Of The Western World
Dangers – Messy, Isn’t It?
Dangers – Anger
Dangers – Demo
Graf Orlock – Crime Traveler
Ghostlimb – Infrastructure