Danger are back in time for Halloween with the news of their
just-released new album, ‘Tomb It May Concern’ out today!!
Link to buy: https://gravedangerskath.bandcamp.com
The band premiered a new song “Undead End Job” on New Noise earlier this week and you can now stream the track here: https://soundcloud.com/gravedangerskath/undead-end-job#c=197&t=3:17.
Songwriter David Schwantes
says: “‘Undead End Job’ is Grave Danger doing what it does best. The song
has bouncy horn parts, a driving groove, and the line “Had half a doughnut
though I’m hungry for blood”. We played more with syth leads in this song
and it really added something cool, particularly where the organ and syth play
off each other in the bridge. With the scope of instrumentation in the band (a
four piece horn section, synths, organs, harmonies galore) we tried to focus on
giving each song on this record exactly what it needed to create a big sound
without muddying things up and Undead is a great example of that spooky mix
The idea of a “skath” band
stems from a strange place: What would a goth ska band sound like, one combined
the Misfits’s aesthetic with Reel Big Fish’s goofball schtick?
Berkley, CA’s Grave Danger
continues to answer this question on ‘Tomb It May Concern’, the follow-up to
their 2018 debut.
In some ways, Tomb picks up
where RIP left off. “Bigfoot Beach,” with it’s sand-shaking beat and
its fanfaring horns, features the same sort of playful, punny vocals that made
their first EP so amusing. Other songs, though, show a band who’s expanding
their spooky ska concept, including “Cemeterrarium,” which flops back
and forth from searing post-punk to bouncing third wave ska, and the punchy
“Undead End Job,” where Emily Erbach’s theremin-inspired synth wavers
eerily behind behind the horns.
On “Give Up the Ghost,” the closest thing to a love balled Grave Danger may ever write, Schwantes’s saxophone, rounded out by siblings Andrew and Margaret Miller’s trumpet and trombone, are thicker and tighter than ever, filling the spaces between singer Chris Marcanti’s soulful melodies and harmonies. The band completes the EP with a cover of the Misfits’s “Halloween,” lightening the brooding, raging song into something singable, danceable—and laughable. It might be easy to write Grave Danger off as a novelty because, well, maybe it is. But it’s also a daydream realized—or possibly a nightmare. It’s what would happen is Bobby “Boris” Pickett and his Crypt Kickers were still alive and listened to the BossTones: fun and furious music intended to make listeners laugh and dance.
Grave Danger is:
Dave Schwantes – guitars, bass, keyboards, tenor sax, bari sax,
Dane Erbach – drums
Chris Marcanti – vocals
Margaret Miller – trombone
Andy Miller – trumpet
Emily Erbach – theremin
Additional vocals by Elliot Schwantes
Produced by Dave Schwantes
Mixed and mastered by Justin Lebreck at Waysound Studios