ALBUM REVIEW: ‘To The Moon’ - Dangercat
Dangercat - To The Moon
Release Date: September 30th
Record Label: Self-Released
Reviewer: Mike Mule’
Just north of Minnesota and North Dakota, you can find the diverse city of Winnipeg. This wonderful, culturally diverse city right in the middle of Canada is home to roughly 1.2 million ecstatic and prideful human beings. Why so ecstatic you may ask? Well four men out of the 1.2 million populace form the raspy, radically rocking punk band known as Dangercat. After a first listen of “To The Moon”, going to those lengths for a copy wouldn’t be absurd. With traces of pop punk from years past, raspy yet soothing vocals, and crunched guitars that aren’t overly saturated with post production, “To The Moon” is one of those feel good records reminding you why you’re a punk rocker to begin with.
Four stick clicks, and Dangercat slowly introduces us to the first of ten moon bound songs. “Fear and Drugs” timidly starts of the record with clean guitars and soft raspy vocals. While not straying too far off the path to be noticed or different from the punk scene, Dangercat’s first track paves the road for what the record will be. Fun, catchy, and something everyone can get down too.
Blasting off into track two we have “Basement.” You guessed it, a standard punk song about drinking in a basement. Grab your tall boys, grab your friends, grab the mic, and sing a long. Faster and more aggressive than the previous track, this one gets the party started. And it doesn’t stop there!
Now be honest, bass heavy intros/verses can make or break a song by really mudding up the flow, like the waters of Winnipeg! Luckily Dangercat knows what they’re doing. Slight traces of perhaps a Title Fight or Jawebreaker rear its head on “In My Way”. Taking us from the initial blast off to a cruising speed. Easy moving and a little more tame, the bass-led tune will most definitely plant it’s flag in your brain and have you singing along in just one quick listen.
Jumping ahead a few we’re at one of the heavier tunes on the album. “ Killing Time” comes in strong, vocally and instrumentally. Call and answer vocals. Pumped up palm mutes. Long winded choruses. “Killing Time” has all the crucial components a punk song needs to wrangle in any new fan. While still not out of the norm of the genre, Dangercat keeps it catchy and fun.
Ending on a good, fast, catchy and poppy note is “See You In Hell.” They saved the heater for the end. Throwing it in overdrive the final song unleashes all the fury that is Dangercat. Utilizing all aspects that make a punk song stick, we have repetitive sing songy choruses, clean crisp bridges, and lyrics of defiance and individuality. Dangercat has made the people of Winnipeg proud, and fully succeeded in taking this one out of Canada and to the moon.