DANGERMAKER Light the Dark II
Seems like everyday… is longer than the one before…
by Walter Price
The high-point of being a fan of a band is watching and hearing their evolution. San Francisco’s Dangermaker have been a near and dear staple in my music diet the past year or so and they seem to be finding themselves and doing it through releasing three dynamic collections. Liken their output to someone who is on a quest of self-discovery only to realize there is no clear answer but a progression of new directions, twists and turn such as life is.
I stand firm in my belief that this band is the future of palpable arena pop-rock. Their music comes from real places lingering and twisting inside real people and this makes all the difference in the world.
I asked the band’s Adam Burnett about some insight into Dangermaker’s new best to date release Light the Dark II (Breakup Records) and here is what he had to say, “After we finished recording and mixing Black Dream to death a couple years ago, which happened to be the year my father died, we took a huge step back to look at how we were approaching our songs, we weren’t 100% happy with how things had turned out. We were evolving from a darker rock power trio to a bigger more ethereal sounding pop/rock thing with big prominent synths and keys. I was bringing in different sounding songs, a lot was pouring out after my dad died that needed a different dynamic that we had to grow into for Light the Dark I, everyone had to find their place in a new spectrum you know. So this time around for EP II we kind of had that figured out already, which I think lent itself to more confidence in the songwriting & arranging process, and knowing how to go in and record the right way to get the sound we wanted.
“The 3 tracks on the new EP came from different points of inspiration, the more I think about it they were an exercise in opening myself up to what’s around me and letting it fully affect me. Never Go Back originated the very night my dad passed, the main melody and verses just came out of me all at once in the middle of the night, I needed to let that one out I guess. I actually wasn’t totally comfortable bringing that in to the band, it was very personal and folky sounding at the start, we took it somewhere else though which we’re all happy with now. Disappear and In Vain are probably more of an unconscious reaction to what’s been going on in San Francisco lately, kind of came from a feeling that the place you love and call home has changed into something you’re not so sure you understand anymore. Part nostalgia, part confusion, part cynicism, taking a hard look at what’s valued as important here these days, and in the end accepting that everything changes and evolves and progresses and the only way forward is to progress in your own way, either with or against or alongside…”