Gigging in America sounds very different from what we’re used to in the UK. Pennsylvania band Danger Barry – which is an awesome band name – tell us that they’re heavily involved in the “student house show scene” at Penn State – which sounds interesting, if not dangerous and, most likely, very messy.
The band have honed a fun, catchy yet fairly chilled-out rock sound that the band tell us is evolving in their most recent music. And, if you like what you hear, then they’re on the lookout for a bassist and guitarist – so get involved!
We took a listen to their latest track Turn Out Alright, which was released at the start of last month. It opens up with slightly distant vocals “I accepted that you don’t want to talk to me at all, Wouldn’t care if just one more thing went wrong, When you told me that this can’t go on, Darling I am relying on your forecast being wrong” over a light chugging guitar line.
Drums and heavier guitars kick in as the vocals continue, then a high-pitched guitar lick takes over. That drops into a chorus of more powerful vocals “I can’t say that you won’t matter next week, But I know that it won’t happen at least I tried, You said you’re the guy I could see, Not getting over me,” followed by another little guitar riff.
An extended second chorus gives way to a cool guitar solo, which drops into a more chilled-out version of the chorus vocals which feeds into a laid-back guitar lick under repats of “Yeah you got over me” to bring the track to an end. Give it a listen below:
We had a chat with Ryan Barry, the band’s vocalist, guitarist and bassist, to find out more. Read on below…
GR: Who is Danger Barry?
RB: “Danger Barry is currently made up of myself on guitar, bass and vocals, and Jake Naydock on drums. We recently parted ways with our bassist and other guitarist, so we’re hiring!
“The band originally started in Allentown, Pennsylvania in 2016 under the name Barry and Baritones. Other than myself, the line-up was completely different. After relocating to State College, PA in 2017, Jake Naydock joined the band, and we renamed ourselves as Danger Barry. Since then, we’ve been heavily involved in the Penn State student house show scene, where we currently reside.”
GR: You just released Turn Out Alright. What should people be expecting from the song?
RB: “Something I’m excited about for Turn Out Alright is the new direction our music is taking. I think this song will be quite different from people would expect based on our first EP. Usually the songs I write are based on my own experiences or the experiences of people I know.
“This one, however, was just based on some advice I was given once. If you’re ever feeling down or disappointed about something, a good way to get some perspective about it is to ask yourself, will this matter to me in week, a month, or even a year? It’s not much, but it’s always helped me. That’s where the line in the chorus came from, and we just built a story around that phrase.”
GR: How would you describe your sound to people that haven’t listened to you yet?
RB: “As I stated earlier, Turn Out Alright is a turning point of sorts in our music style. When we first started writing and releasing music, it had more of a traditional 90s rock type of vibe. Our first release, If You Asked, was sort of a sampling of what we could do as songwriters, hence the multiple influences and different vibes you can hear from song to song. Towards the end of 2017 I started listening to more independent music, particularly indie rock and indie punk. As my music preferences changed, so did my songwriting. Overall I’d say that it’s a mix of indie rock, Americana, and pop-punk.”
GR: What influences you to write music? Any key themes or topics that you write about?
RB: “I draw influence from all sorts of places. Some of our songs, particularly when I was just starting out as a songwriter, are based on my life, others are just little stories that I either have a plan for, or I just see where it takes me. I don’t really have a key theme or topic, but if I had to pick one I’d say anything that makes me feel a certain way or emotion. A lot of times I’ll write a song just based on how I’m feeling that day, and I try to channel that emotion into the song.”
GR: Which bands/musicians are/have been your strongest musical influences?
RB: “This question is a little hard to answer, since our sound has changed a bit, and can vary so much from song to song. On our EP, you’ll hear influences from Third Eye Blind, Soundgarden, and U2, but the stuff that we’re writing and releasing now is going to sound more like Modern Baseball or The Menzingers, and as of lately, you may see some Vulfpeck in there also.”
GR: What have you got coming up through the rest of 2019?
RB: “I’m very excited for what we’ve got coming up for 2019, and 2020 as well. We’ve been recording in the studio this summer, with plans to get one more session in before the end of August. We’re currently planning on releasing one more new track this year around October or November, titled Sadboi Bebop, and another one to be released early 2020.
“We’re trying a new strategy where we time our releases to come out every 4-5 months. I think that the way people consume music now has drastically changed, and that this new strategy is based off of that. We don’t really have much on the horizon for gigs until we replenish our roster, but stay tuned with our Instagram in case something comes up.”
GR: Anything else you’d like people to know about you/your music?
RB: “Nothing really about us, just that we appreciate publications like yourself, who take the time to listen to independent artists and cover their music.”