Thee Dang Dangs
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Thee Dang Dangs

Denver, Colorado, United States

Denver, Colorado, United States
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It rained like hell yesterday and I have not been to the beach in weeks, so you could say I have not been in a surfing mood lately. That doesn't matter however, as this band is from Denver and they are as far from the beach as you can get. That may explain this band's excellent and tripped-out take on Surf Rock. I bet these ladies and lads have more Thee Oh Sees records in their collection than they do Beach Boy discs, and the cold Colorado winters are prone to produce meditative freak sessions caused by long bouts of seclusion. Throw those elements in a pot, and you get the Thee Dang Dangs.

The minute I heard "Lips Around Your Spine, " I knew the track would be on heavy rotation here at the Bat Pitt. Igor described this record as "someone being raised in Hell on acid trying to imitate a poorly transmitted 60s AM radio station." That just about captures it. It's not a free download, but worth a few bucks for the physical media. The spinning disc may be all that keeps the wolves at bay during this coming winter. - spacerockmountain


Bands are a brand, and it's an unfortunate way to look at them, but it's true. And like a brand in the business world, you have to make your product stand out more then your competitors, in this case, bands in the same genre as you. That means hard work, originality and talent to round out your finished product. With Thee Dang Dangs album, For The People, the product is as fresh and original as I bet they hoped it would be.

"Pieces Of You", which plays like some sort of lost ballad, displays the typical tropes bands like these usually have, in other words, reverberated vocals, highly treble based guitar riffs, etc. What sounds basic actually comes across as very original because they know how to tweak the differences just right to make it stand out. In a world littered with bands like this right now, it's a welcome change of pace to not be bored by a familiar sound like theirs.

Instrumental tracks like "White Buffalo" and "Pray For Rain" are cool additions to the album, reminding me that an instrumental track, when done well, can add to an albums overall impact instead of hurting it. "Lips Around Your Spine" and "Breathe On Me Young Frankenstein" are more garage-rock influenced songs, giving the album a big energy boost. They're good songs, and saying they gave the album an 'energy boost' isn't an insult, it's just a fact of life. Thee Dang Dangs style is varied, and I love that, because it gives us a sense of mystery. Not every song has to sound the same.

"Kingdoms Lost", which clocks in at 6 minutes, remains my favorite track on the album. It combines almost all the styles they created along the way on the album, and puts them together in one awesome track. It's amazing they're able to keep my attention with it, because I have the attention span of a six year with a handful of pixie sticks. It just proves they have a presence, or essence, about them that drowns out your lifes background noise and forces to you listen to only them.

For The People is great, and at first, I was very skeptical about it. I don't like to doubt a band before they've even finished playing one song, but when so many bands have the same approach, it's hard not to have some lingering doubt in your mind. But Thee Dang Dangs proved me wrong, and I'm glad they did, because they've given us, in my opinion, one of the best albums you'll hear this year. And that's a brand I can get behind. - Shane - everythingsoundsthesametome.blogspot.com/


THEE DANG DANGS
Stone Coast EP
self-released DL

First release from this 4 piece, female led outfit from Denver, Colorado that revels in loud guitar, reverb, fucked up surfer bluesand more reverb. Coming across like a banshee led surf/rockabilly band being recorded from the back of the hall Stone Coast's opening track 'Midnight Come Rolling' might steal its riff from The Easybeats but that's where the similarity ends as the vocals, smothered in reverb,take over and the sound gets progressively heavier and uglier. From there it's the rockabilly riffs of 'Cowboy' as the 60s are dragged out of the back room and put on display in a big empty beer barn with the sounds bouncing back and forth off the walls.

'Talk Talk' continues the vibe, a punk surf tune with a guitar riff that hooks you pretty damn quick before the wail and repetitive blues of 'Aldous Huxley' drags you down into the mud. 'Hourglass' finishes the set with what could have been a beautiful sixties pop tune if it weren't for the distance between Ray Koren's sweet guitar riff and the echo of Rebecca Williams vocals but it's still a sweet way to finish and to show that there's more to this band than just the power and raunch of the earlier tracks. Thee Dang Dangs are like a bunch of kids brought up on those 'Born Bad'/'The Songs The Cramps Taught You' albums being let loose in the local club with their dad's musical equipment and no boundaries and that has to be a good thing.

Kami McInnes - Shindig Mag - Happenings Blog


Bookmark the permalink. Far-Out Thursday: Thee Dang DangsOct
11
by incognitomusicmagazine
Stone Coast EP is available now
In case you’re just joining us and you don’t know what Far-Out Thursday means…we dedicate Thursdays to psychedelic bands or bands that are utterly difficult to classify. Thee Dang Dangs are the former. When you listen to “Midnight Come Rolling” (the first track on the band’s Stone Coast EP), you almost feel like you are swimming in reverb.

If you listen regularly to psychedelic music, you know one of the characteristics is vocals that sound far away. Let me put it this way. Rebecca Williams’s vocals sound like they were recorded in a mountain pass somewhere in the band’s home state of Colorado. And not only that, with all the reverb it sounds like Williams was standing about 16 feet away from the microphone in that pass. (Yes, loyal reader, I do understand that there wouldn’t be any place to plug in a microphone or amplifier in a mountain pass.) And frankly, I don’t think that is a bad thing at all. If anything, it enhances the band’s psychedelic sound. I’ll tell you another thing. If you think Grace Slick is the embodiment of a psychedelic vocalist, you might have to rethink that after hearing this band. The vocals of Thee Dang Dangs alone are enough to transport you to another state of mind.

The band’s Stone Coast EP is available on Bandcamp for the low price of $5. If you like psychedelic stuff with a female vocalist, Thee Dang Dangs is a good selection for you.

- Incognito Music Magazine


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Note Worthy: Thee Dang Dangs – Stone Coast EP
by Matt Pusatory on Oct 9, 2012 • 1:08 pm No Comments
The Dang Dangs’ Stone Coast EP.

If you’re like me, you’ve been waiting for new female-fronted, lo-fi garage rock since SAUNA decided to hang it up. Luckily Thee Dang Dangs has stepped up to fill that void. The band’s debut EP, Stone Coast, is packed with enough grit to satisfy any garage rock fan. Add Rebecca Williams’ vocals that are so drowned in reverb they are incomprehensible and you have Thee Dang Dangs.

Taking inspiration from other “thee” bands like Thee Oh Sees and Thee Headcoats before them, Stone Coast has a timeless simplicity to it. It sounds like something that could have been recorded years ago, but is also right at home in the here and now. Straightforward hooks and riffs prevail throughout. There is nothing exceedingly complicated about any of these five tracks, but that’s part of their charm.

“Midnight Comes Rolling” opens things up like a punch in the teeth, with grimy guitars taking the lead. This is followed by the hazy swagger of “Cowboy,” the bouncy punk-rock jaunt “Talk Talk,” the psyched-out moan of “Aldous Huxley” and the bluesy closer “Hourglass.” It’s all over in less than 15 minutes, but still manages to be an exciting listen.

After Stone Coast, when the band decides to make a full-length record, they could make major waves in the local scene. This EP shows promise, and with a little bit more time to develop their sound and personality, Thee Dang Dangs could do big things.

Right now, the band is one to watch and you’ll have every opportunity to do that, as they have plenty of shows coming up to close out the year. Oct. 11 you can catch them at The Walnut Room with fellow locals The Blue Rider. Then they’ll open for psychedelic cowboys Spindrift Nov. 4, also at The Walnut Room, before embarking on a brief tour of the southwest.

Thee Dang Dangs have come out swingin’ on Stone Coast, but here’s hoping they’re just getting started.



Matt Pusatory is a music blogger for 303 Magazine. He previously worked at A.V. Club Denver with additional writings floating around the interweb. He probably drinks too much coffee.

- Matt Pusatory


Note Worthy: Thee Dang Dangs – Stone Coast EP
If you’re like me, you’ve been waiting for new female-fronted, lo-fi garage rock since SAUNA decided to hang it up. Luckily Thee Dang Dangs has stepped up to fill that void. The band’s debut EP, Stone Coast, is packed with enough grit to satisfy any garage rock fan. Add Rebecca Williams’ vocals that are so drowned in reverb they are incomprehensible and you have Thee Dang Dangs.

Taking inspiration from other “thee” bands like Thee Oh Sees and Thee Headcoats before them, Stone Coast has a timeless simplicity to it. It sounds like something that could have been recorded years ago, but is also right at home in the here and now. Straightforward hooks and riffs prevail throughout. There is nothing exceedingly complicated about any of these five tracks, but that’s part of their charm.

“Midnight Comes Rolling” opens things up like a punch in the teeth, with grimy guitars taking the lead. This is followed by the hazy swagger of “Cowboy,” the bouncy punk-rock jaunt “Talk Talk,” the psyched-out moan of “Aldous Huxley” and the bluesy closer “Hourglass.” It’s all over in less than 15 minutes, but still manages to be an exciting listen.

After Stone Coast, when the band decides to make a full-length record, they could make major waves in the local scene. This EP shows promise, and with a little bit more time to develop their sound and personality, Thee Dang Dangs could do big things.

Right now, the band is one to watch and you’ll have every opportunity to do that, as they have plenty of shows coming up to close out the year. Oct. 11 you can catch them at The Walnut Room with fellow locals The Blue Rider. Then they’ll open for psychedelic cowboys Spindrift Nov. 4, also at The Walnut Room, before embarking on a brief tour of the southwest.

Thee Dang Dangs have come out swingin’ on Stone Coast, but here’s hoping they’re just getting started.



Matt Pusatory is a music blogger for 303 Magazine. He previously worked at A.V. Club Denver with additional writings floating around the interweb. He probably drinks too much coffee. - 303 Magazine


Thee Dang Dangs at Whisky A Go Go - Whisky A Go Go


Thee Dang Dangs
Stone Coast
Self-released
A A A Comments (0) By Josiah Hesse Thursday, Sep 27 2012

Blatantly employing a familiar pronoun in their name, Thee Dang Dangs are not shy about revealing their influences. Their sound directly mirrors that of San Francisco's Thee Oh Sees, and the acknowledgement of it in their handle frees up the listener to sincerely enjoy how expertly the band delivers that smutty surf-rock vibe. In fact, their dizzyingly psychedelic new EP, Stone Coast, sounds like it was recorded in the bathroom of a Sunset Strip titty bar in 1967. The song "Midnight Come Rolling" could have been recorded by Nancy Sinatra had she hooked up with Lou Reed instead of Lee Hazlewood, while "Cowboy" contains all the squeals, pops and filthy guitar of the best Cambodian pop of that era. And although the record delivers everything you'd expect from a lo-fi Detroit punk band, you get the feeling that the real magic happens when you see this band live.

- Denver Westword


Thee Dang Dangs live at The Walnut Room August 24, 2012 in Denver, Colorado.
- Jeb Draper


Chris Sauthoff

The funk master has adapted well enough to get back to making the funk in earnest. On Friday, September 28, Citrus's new band, Crazy Dog Society, will make its debut at the Lion's Lair in the company of Thee Octaves, Brainstorm and Thee Dang Dangs (which will be celebrating its EP release). "It's still in its infancy," Citrus writes of the new project. "Drums, bass, two guitars, Bubbles and another lady singing."

- Westword


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Thee Dang Dangs are a Denver, CO based 4 piece Psych Surf Garage Rock band that formed in 2012. Thee Dang Dangs are a delightful fusing of fuzzy surf guitar riffs, and reverb-heavy psychedelic vocals by frontlady Rebecca Williams. Their sound conjures up images of dirty bums wandering around on Venice Beach in the 60s in a hazy search for something heavier to cave in droopy eyelids. The most succinct description I’ve read of their Stone Coast EP (from Westword’s review) is that it “sounds like it was recorded in the bathroom of a Sunset Strip titty bar in 1967.” I dare you to have a listen and not visualize this image.
Williams’ reverb-soaked squeals and wails melded with the cloudy guitar lines and terse percussion patterns like a funny cigarette matches the crackle of your favorite Lou Reed record. There is something profoundly nostalgic and timeless in spite of itself about Thee Dang Dang’s music; they don’t have to come out and tell you who their influences are, because it’s so apparent within the sun-drenched howls and crunchy guitar riffs. Who knows, maybe they’ll become an act to revisit 50 years in the future, just as they are fondly recreating and reinventing sounds from our musical past right now in 2013.