Tommy Loft, front man of Australia’s high octane garage rock outfit Dangerous! dropped by the Cool Accidents HQ before hitting the road on their east coast tour (see dates below) and ran us through his selection of 5 hardcore records to listen to before you die! Cop it!
Day Of Contempt- See Through the Lies
Local Adelaide Hardcore legends that set paths for young hopefuls in the Adelaide scene when they signed a deal with Epitaph back in 2005. This album was the one that was out when they were cracking it hard down under, pre moving to Hollywood, disbanding and being on TV shows about tattoos and becoming hairdressers. This band was Always better live, in fact they always sounded amazing! I’m glad i was there so that the CD can bring me back nostalgic memories whenever played. Fucking moshhhh!
I Killed The Prom Queen- When Goodbye Means Forever
Another Adelaide band. Some of these songs were in a class of their own. Breaking grounds And doing things that kids will copy for years to come. Lyrics that also define an era of Australian HC, and what better ambassador to burp heart wrenching poetry through a microphone than Internet and Big brother celebrity Michael Crafter. This was my favourite Time growing up in the Adelaide Hardcore scene!
All the great HC bands I Listened to and went and saw live growing up in South Australia ripped riffs from this daddy of all albums. You can exceed your personal limits with this album penetrating your ear drums. Say no to meth say yes to Hatebreed And lift a fucking fridge up some stairs.
Zao- When Blood and Fire Brings Rest
Creepy christian HC kids singing about the devil and SOUNDING like the devil. Cool hardcore bands to me were cheap sounding recordings that still managed to set scenes and themes, draw pictures and depict moments and ideas. This album showed me that this sort of art is Possible. It had a bunch of cool as hell riffs that made you wanna dance and mosh to as well, and maybe a seeming less underlying death metal parodic humour too it too? I don’t know, but this album was so interesting to me in so many ways.
Glass Jaw- Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About Silence
This was a fave for me growing up. You could tell there Was serious musical talent and that vocalist Daryl Palumbo would probably go on to do much more musical expanding projects other than Glassjaw.(which he did) They were kind of like the ‘Faith No More’ of hardcore. This album was produced by Nu-metal production legend Ross Robinson. Hes known for his raw and brash but perfect moment capturing techniques. It sounds like fucking shit! brash and offensive as hell. Perfect for an angry teen that just wanted to alienate others with their loud music. But there was something epic past it all, so it takes time and ear adjusting to be privileged to the hidden pop melodies and inviting song structures. There was a reoccurring theme to this album which all great albums have. From the beginning to the fading outro it will take you somewhere much further than where it sounds like it was recorded. 1 small room with a brash as hell post hardcore band.
Catch Dangerous! live in action on their east coast tour in March/April