If you’ve read this blog previously, you’ll know by now that I’ve been kinda raving about DANGEROUS! for a good while now. And of course it’s not just little ol’ me who’s been talking hem up. Having been signed to the seminal US punk label, Epitaph, the Australian four-piece have been busy garnering positive feedback from the UK’s Rock Press – Big Cheese, Rocksound and Kerrang! have all been quick to lavish praise.
My one slight concern, based upon hearing a couple of singles and other bits and pieces was whether there would be enough substance to their music to fill and album. I mean, it’s one thing blasting through a live set with material that sounds pretty similar when the atmosphere and stage histrionics can offer as much to the overall half-hour performance as the music, but to someone remotely listening to that same music in their bedroom on the other side of the world, it could come across as a bit tedious.
But my fears were unfounded. It does seem at times as if DANGEROUS! are trying to discover how many ways they can fit in front-man Tommy Lofts’ piercing screams, but they get away with it!
This is one incendiary album! Full of crashing drums and screamed vocals with huge choruses, it is the perfect antidote to the infuriatingly bleated, plaintive vocal style of many young bands that seem to specialise in cramming their lyrics into ill-fitting musical stanzas!
‘Teenage Rampage,’ simply rips through the fabric of the accepted norm for new punk / garage / rock bands. (I use all three terms as this album bears remnants of all those genres still clinging to life after having been violently destructed by DANGEROUS!) Of the twelve tracks only the final one ‘D! Or Die,’ extends beyond two minutes and forty seconds. Which is exactly how this type of music should be – short, sharp and right in your face.
Personally, I think this will appeal more to a younger market: a) because the ‘kids’ of today have been deprived this kind of basic, straight-up rock ‘n’ roll for so long, and b) because perhaps older music fans and die-hard punks will have heard it all before.
However, I sure ain’t no spring chicken myself, but if they appear in Glasgow I’ll sure as hell be down the front!
(I may even buy a T-shirt!)
(Released through Epitaph Records on 19th September 2011)