Anyone who fell in love with Dangerkids and their debut full-length Collapse has been waiting a long time for this. Finally, since the release of the Ohio band’s 2014 record three years ago, we have a sophomore album! The highly anticipated Blacklist brings Dangerkids back with renewed vigor and is certain to satisfy those who have been biting their fingers. Drummer Katie Cole is just as relieved that the record is finally out to the public and sheds some light on what the reason was for the delay.
“We got it written pretty fast,” she says unexpectedly. “We just wanted to make sure that we could find the best release that we could possibly do. It was more about just getting the right team together, as far as labels and everything goes, before we released it.”
A lot of people don’t realize the careful planning that can go into creating and launching a record. Writing and recording the songs is just half of the work. The band released their debut through Rise Records, but went with Paid Vacation Records for Blacklist. “Rise is awesome,” Cole comments. “We did our first record with them [but] we just wanted to try something a little different. We’re really proud of the record and we wanted to make sure we released it the best way possible. We’re really excited about the team we have together now so it was definitely worth the wait.”
While the three years of waiting for a new record may have been frustrating and thirst-inducing, there is no doubt that it paid off. Dangerkids have hit the ground running with Blacklist, earning themselves a spot on The End Is Here Tour with Falling In Reverse, Motionless In White, Issues and Dead Girls Academy. It would be an understatement to say that it was one of the most anticipated releases of 2017.
Blacklist also marks a transformation for Dangerkids in more ways than one. Not only did the band release the record through a different label, but according to Cole, they also did a little more self-discovery.
“After making the first record, we kind of knew what we wanted Dangerkids to sound like even more. We wanted a more rock approach. We do have heavy songs, but we wanted a more straightforward kind of rock band. We definitely wanted to have a diverse album. It’s a lot more rock ‘n’ roll but it still sound like Dangerkids.”
Don’t worry, though! You will still be able to find some of the same elements of electronic, hardcore and rap that made the band stand out so much amongst their peers on Collapse, just with a few more catchy, anthemic hooks. As for the future, Cole says the band don’t intend on making the world wait as long the next time around. The band have even started writing songs for their next installment already. But right now they’re also just enjoying the ride and taking in the positive responses they’ve been getting. “It’s what we dreamed of doing forever,” the drummer says. “How could you not have fun? We’re getting to live our dream and everyone’s so excited about it. It’s the time of our lives, you know?”