Quick look: Captain Danger HIGHLIGHTS
Updated: Apr 14, 2021
"Grooves so good you’ll put play on repeat - contemporary funk-rock at its finest with lyrics that speak to the times we are living in, dosed with a fine sheen of humor. With shades of Prince, Jimi Hendrix, Sly Stone, The Meters and The Police with a modern twist . . ."
"A perfect blend of pop, rock and funk with killer vox and musicality" [American Pancake]
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"Song Of The Day" EAT SLEEP BREATHE MUSIC ["Holly" by Captain Danger]
CAPTAIN DANGER [l-to-r: Aaron Steinberg, Roger "Joose" Benford, Keith "E-Day" Eaddy]
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• 3/26/21: "Love Sweet Love" by Captain Danger released
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Captain Danger is here to save the day! Serving up catchy, quirky rock mixed with funk and soul, the band has an “immediately likable” musical take. Throughout their new release Love Sweet Love, Captain Danger confronts various themes of alienation with a persistent undercurrent of hope, joy and humor.
After years in New York City, songwriter/producer Aaron Steinberg (guitar/vocals) - buoyed by an uptick in soundtrack work - “finally escaped” NYC for Los Angeles. While performing in LA’s live music scene, Steinberg soon met up with drummer Roger “Joose” Benford (SiR, Patrick Paige, Shafiq Husayn, T.nava), an LA native with an undeniable “depth of feel.” Over regular live shows in various configurations, the two developed a relationship that continues to feel musically wide open. It was a fortunate night for the band when D.C.-born Keith “E-Day” Eaddy subbed in last minute on one of the band’s dates (bass/vocals/keys) – the chemistry was immediately apparent. Eaddy’s flexibility (likely a result of a performance background that includes Macy Gray, Dam-Funk, Jody Watley, Loose Ends, Baisden After Dark band) and a similarly animated musical curiosity seemed to signal right off the bat that the way ahead for these three musicians might very probably include adventures together.
Love Sweet Love (2021)
This energy has been distilled on Love Sweet Love, Captain Danger’s debut release as a band - featuring concise songs that showcase the band’s stylistic focus straightaway. The first single “Holly” is an easy starting point for assessing the band’s approach, with a propulsive groove alongside falsetto vocals expressing vulnerability. The song’s lyrics lament a city-dweller’s sense of alienation – with alienation also now getting an entirely literal and humorous treatment in a memorable new music video (directed by the Emmy-nominated Dane Lawing) featuring a vintage sci-fi spin.
Highlights also include the opener “Come On Come Along,” with a percolating bass riff that sets up the song’s title invitation refrain. (Peeling back the layers, a listener might notice on a closer reading that this upbeat invitation is actually offered in the face of anticipated disaster; “never should’ve done it” is a line that recurs throughout.)
Twists and turns abound on this release – curve balls include The Cure’s post-punk classic “Boys Don’t Cry,” reimagined in a roots reggae style, which also features guest vocalist India Carney (H.E.R., Billie Eilish, Lady Gaga, The Voice). Next up, abusers of power - so-called “strongmen” - are depicted as being neither in reality, with their contradictions exposed against the grittier sonic textures of “Too Tough To Say.”
Yet “Hollywood Douchebag” may be the song that screams out most blatantly for attention. (At live shows, the band has been impressed by the intensity of audience participation on the chorus! Along with the song’s obvious comedic bent, a real element of catharsis exists as well.) An initial live performance appeared on Showtime’s comedy gem The Green Room With Paul Provenza. Also, this track is where this release derives its title – “you know why you came to this town/it was love, sweet love/of yourself” – a boomeranging reminder that a little self-awareness is probably in everyone’s best interest. Bolstered by a guest appearance from the horn section from New York’s The Televisionaries, “Hollywood Douchebag” is deep dive into the sense that life on earth can nonetheless feel otherworldly.
Future hopes for Captain Danger include a return to live dates (as circumstances allow of course) as well as live streaming in support of this release. Additional hopes include more music with past collaborators, such as the über-amusing Flula Borg (Pitch Perfect 2, Conan O'Brien, Suicide Squad) and Olivia Olson (Adventure Time's "Marceline The Vampire Queen"), and with any luck (who knows) maybe even more music for Bill Nye The Science Guy.
Also coming in 2021 is the documentary Tomorrow’s Hope (due out shortly after the release of Love Sweet Love) which will feature Captain Danger’s original song “Hope To See Change” (co-written by Eaddy and Steinberg and performed by the band, and again featuring vocals by India Carney).
Tomorrow's Hope in Variety:
With a musical approach CMJ once described as “pulling off the perfect pop formula so well it doesn’t feel formulaic at all,” Captain Danger also looks back in the rear mirror towards influential artists such as Sly Stone, Prince, The Beatles, King Crimson, Curtis Mayfield, The Police, and Jimi Hendrix. At the same time, looking forward through a windshield that seems to promise continued onslaughts of uncertainty, mistrust and yet still more alienation, Captain Danger is a band that intends to do its part in focusing energy on making the days ahead a bit more fun.
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