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"Five Finger Discount"

"For something that launches itself with an upbeat emo-surf-rock style intro track, Dangermart’s Five Finger Discount manages to rock its inner cynicism and gloom just as easily.

Therein lies the Seattle based band’s success; diversity in lyrical focus, hierarchy of instruments and mood suggestion allows Five Finger Discount to remain interesting throughout its entirety. Not really genre-specific, Dangermart is some kind of acoustically pleasant fusion of metal, dark rock, and some jump-up alt-punked-Alice in Chains; a friendlier, better-phrased Metallica; a Smashing Pumpkins without Corgan’s whine. Simply said, it’s not the same old stuff on repeat.

Truly, these four must have some kind of individual humility foreign to most other bands. Each song seems to promote a different instrument/vocals over the others, and band members – Timothy Fisher, vocals; Alex Malloy, bass, vocals; Jason Welling, guitars, vocals; Patrick Zahn, drums – furthermore achieve a unique vocal harmony by sharing relatively equally the lyrical parts. Fisher, main vocalist for the group, has the vocal depth of Glen Phillips, former lead singer of Toad the Wet Sprocket, but also carries the fragile emotionality of Elvis Costello and the burden-on-his-shoulders of Tool’s Maynard James Keenan. Malloy and Welling compliment Fisher’s delivery with pure juxtaposition, buoyant to his sinking ship and shadow in the dark alley to his carefree stroll.

Spotlighting each band member is something Dangermart does well. Ample rippin’ guitar contributions are littered throughout all tracks, from the ambient echoing dub guitar to the Hendrix on-the-ground-guitar-in-teeth-solo (holy “Sea of Belief" Batman!). Percussion could be a bit more prevalent, but drums nonetheless drive the energetic buildups like those in “Damn the Torpedoes” that the band frequents. By nature, their sound is internally bass-heavy, but Malloy artfully sculpts the bass into a thing of art rather than a blanket covering the audio landscape. The listener is left desiring a smidge more of the initial energy in “Damn the Torpedoes” to be spread across the rest of the CD, but overall their sound protects its originality and appeal."

-Genevieve Will
Indie-Music.com - Indie-Music.com

"Live Wire"

"Seattle band Danger- mart—who take as their influences U2, the Police, and a set of loud amplifiers—also e-mailed last week to say they're playing at Hana Teriyaki, one of the smallest, and wildest, places where I've butchered a karaoke tune or two in this town. Check them out on January 5 (Hana is located near the cop shop downtown, at 1914 Eighth Avenue) and figure out how they're going to shoehorn a band and its fans into that crowded little space."

-Jennifer Maerz
from column 'Live Wire'
the Stranger - The Stranger


EP: 'Five Finger Discount', 5 songs
Single: 'Imagination Society', 3 songs


Feeling a bit camera shy


Dangermart was formed in late 2003, and reached its final lineup in early 2004. Headquartered in the basement of a house near Seattle's Lake Union, the band spent most of '04 and '05 'paying dues.' The band put out a 5-song EP, called 'Five Finger Discount', played shows at most of Seattle's clubs (including the High Dive, the Central Saloon, Studio Seven, the Fenix Underground, and others). 2006 is Dangermart's year. Our first show of the year was referenced in an article in the Stranger, our new single comes out in a matter of weeks, and we just came in first in the first round of the Emergenza Festival. Dangermart is determined, and will not be denied.