Recently, we interviewed rising artist, Jakob Danger and his band mates Chris and Enzo Malaspina, at VLHS in Pomona. With their ability to cover a variety of genres within their composition of 8 songs, any listener is sure to find something they love. The band is currently on tour with Dog Party and are in the process of making new music for their eager audience. To find out a little bit more about this ‘barely legal’ trio (shout out to whoever gets that reference) from Oakland, listen to our interview below that touches on everything from The Strokes to pancakes and waffles.
Jakob Danger Interview
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-Kayla & Corynne
Who doesn’t need new music in their life? Here are some artists we have been playing on repeat that we think you need to hear!
1. The Frights
The Frights are a surf punk band from San Diego. They recently released their second album ‘You Are Going To Hate This’ -their album actually inspired our blog name lol-, in February. When listening to their songs like ‘You Are Going To Hate This’ or ‘All I Need’ you have the uncontrollable urge to just jump around in your room and scream the lyrics. The Frights aren’t just that in your face type of band, their songs like ‘Tungs’ or ‘Puppy Knuckles’ are melancholy yet undeniably soothing. With their head banging tunes and unique but equally amusing lyrics they will definitely be one of your favorite bands. Check out their self-made music video for their song ‘Kids‘! We guarantee it will give you a laugh. Catch them on tour with SWMRS, shows are selling out!
2. Hidden Charms
Hailing from London this alternative rock group create an authentic yet comfortably familiar sound. When listening to their single ‘Love You Cause You’re There’ you hear a range of influences from The Rolling Stones to The Black Keys; but what separates this band among the rest is their dreamy combination of melodies and distinctive lyrics. Check out their song ‘Love You Cause You’re There‘
3. Catfish and the Bottlemen
Catfish and the Bottlemen formed in Llandudno, North Wales in 2007. These hardworking Brits deserve all the buzz they are getting right now. They have the confidence and lyrical genius of Oasis and the uptempo rock anthems produced by the Arctic Monkeys. Their debut album’The Balcony’ topped the charts in 2014 in the UK and soon enough won hearts of other fans around the world. Each song off ‘The Balcony’ has the potential of being a smashing hit. With their new single ‘Soundcheck‘ we instantly noticed the maturity and growth compared to their first album. Front-man Van McCann recently said, “The last album was the support act. This one is the headliner.” We have high hopes for their sophomore album! Believe us when we say this band is going to be massive in the coming year.
If you’re a fan of The Smiths and The Strokes this band is basically their love child. Even though they do have similar sounds to those iconic bands they’re cynical yet all too familiar lyrics give them a sound and voice of their own. Drowners formed in New York back in 2011 and released their debut album in 2012. Last week they just released a new single called ‘Cruel Ways‘ for their new album ‘On Desire’. From the ear pleasing tunes and Matt Hitt’s soothing deep voice this song is a hit (Haha get it?). Drowners definitely did not let us down with this brand new single.
5. Jakob Danger
Jakob Danger Armstrong is a young Oakland native and has a pretty badass middle name. He released his first song ‘Don’t Try‘ last year in June and then shared his EP ‘Jakob Danger’ back in October of 2015. Overall this EP brings good vibes and you’ll catch yourself singing along to one of his catchy tunes. If we had to describe Danger’s sound he would be a cross between The Strokes and The Drums, but don’t let that fool you because this band has already made a name for themselves and are continuing to impress not only their fans but major magazines like Rolling Stone and NME. For anyone in the Orange County/Los Angeles area don’t miss their show with SWMRS at Chain Reaction on 4-9-16.
6. Last Dinosaurs
Last Dinosaurs are from Brisbane, Australia. Their debut album ‘In a Million Years’ was released back in 2012 and was very successful with Australian media critics. Just listening to their hit single ‘Honolulu‘ off their first album you feel this instant happiness. Everything about the album just screams good vibes and summer. In August of 2015 the guys released their second album ‘Wellness’. The songs off ‘Wellness’ have similar sounds from ‘In a Million Years’ but with more heartbreak lyrics that fans can relate to. With their upbeat tunes you almost forget that the lyrics are about relationships not working out. Last Dinosaurs are a perfect band to listen to on a beautiful sunny day at the beach or for just chilling in your room. They also recently released a beautifully done music video for their song ‘Wurl‘.