Interview: Dangerkids

With the release of their second album, Dangerkids’ Tyler Smyth spoke to Legendary Kids Press about the band’s new music and why it took so long for it to come to light.

Hot off the heels of the release of their long-awaited sophomore album, Dangerkids are looking to make one of the strongest comebacks of 2017. With a hard-hitting sound that’s drenched in the likes of alternative rock, post-hardcore and everything in-between, they’re well on their way to making sure those who forgot about them know they’re back, and with a vengeance.

How would you describe your sound to those who have never listened to Dangerkids before?

Tyler Smyth: I like to describe Dangerkids as rock or nu-rock, with one foot in the past and one foot in the future. We try to emulate some of our favourite sounds growing up while also trying to twist it into something fresh.

How did the band come together?

TS: Dangerkids came together from the ashes of our old bands in Dayton, Ohio. We were all friends from our local music scene and desperately wanted to make music that would surprise our friends. Most of us had never been singers, rappers or bass players before, not to mention playing the genre of heavy rock, but we all had a shared love of music. Rock of this style enabled us to get back to having loads of fun in our lives and trying something out we had never tried before!  All these different factors help explain our familiar, yet unique style of rock music and why we’re always having so much fun on stage.

It’s been four years since you last released an album and you’ve just released blacklist_. How does it feel knowing that fans are finally able to hear what you’ve been working on in the studio, and is there a reason why you waited this long to release a new full-length?

TS: It feels extremely surreal. The album [had] been completed for some time, but we wanted to make sure that it got released on our terms. This caused a lot of delay on the release, to the point that even we were worried about its fate, so you might imagine how it feels to know that we went to battle for our own art and came back winners. We’re left with nothing but pure joy knowing that this album officially [got] released. Now, we get the pleasure of sharing all our hard work with our fans, as well as prepping for album three!

How has the fan reaction been thus far?

TS: The reaction has been overwhelmingly positive! It was important to us to let our fans know we’re here – aline and well, just waiting for the stars to align. Leading off with ‘Things Could Be Different’ was stressful as a band, since the song itself is a bit different and more angry than previous Dangerkids tracks. Once we know that people were into the new sound, our stress melted away into pure excitement. We knew the fans were in for a good time!

What was the recording process like? Did you approach anything differently this time?

TS: The recording process was different in the sense that we had more time to spend on the songs. When we got signed for the first album, we always felts like we were playing catchup with the label. We essentially couldn’t get music done fast enough. With blacklist_, we took the time to stretch ourselves creatively. We had chances to try new things and people contributing new ideas in different ways. I think the result is a far more “musical” effort than the first time around, with sounds ranging from heavy, produced songs to stripped down, acoustic efforts.

What tracks were you most excited for listeners to hear?

TS: I think there’s a really cool range of sounds on this new record, and I’m always excited to hear what favourite tracks people have. Personally, I [was] excited for people to hear songs like ‘Crawl Your Way Out’, ‘Ghost in the Walls’ and ‘Invisible Summer’. Each of these songs offer up something very unique and hybrid-sounding compared to most of the stuff currently out there.

You recently went out on tour with Falling In Reverse, Issues, Motionless In White and Dead Girls Academy. How were the shows and the bands, and did you learn anything from them?

TS: This tour [was] completely surreal! Falling In Reverse are some of the best dudes on earth, and Issues and Motionless In White were not only extremely kind people, but also [took] the time to help us become a better band with the way we conduct ourselves on and off stage.

Sharing the stage with our good friends in Dead Girls Academy has been such a great time. The crowds [were] always ready to rock out and I personally love that each band offered something very different in terms of sound and live experience.

Any last words?

TS: I just wanted to take a moment to thank you for this interview and to thank all the fans who waited, both patiently and impatiently, for the new album. You’re the reason why we do what we do and why we felt it was so necessary to fight for what we believed in as a band. We won’t make you wait so long ever again!

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