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Danger's Updated Rock Sound Shines Through
House of Blues- Chicago
October 28, 2000
By Andy Argyrakis
Alternative rock and roll foursome Harvey Danger has the challenging task of following up with a new album that is more catchy and of higher quality than the last. What makes this task even more difficult is the immense success that their debut album Where Have All the Merrymakers Gone? had. However, the group has embraced that challenge and risen above the pressure of potential failure by producing a heavier sounding, tighter set on their brand new twelve track album King James Version.
Harvey Danger sharpened their sound this time out in opposition to all of the poppy styled teen friendly music that has dominated radio airwaves as of late. They brought in heavy guitars and pounding drums to drown out the bubble gum beat, but also dug deeper to create a deeply personal and narrative styled record, with each song telling a specific story.
The group stopped by the House of Blues recently to highlight tracks off both discs, and their energetic and tight stage show proved that they had come a long way from their debut just a few years ago. The group featured most of the Kings James Version album playing tracks like "Meetings with Remarkable Men (Show Me the Hero)" and "Why I'm Lonely." They also performed a high-octane version of a new track called "Authenticity," which has definite hit single potential.
Harvey Danger also played
the humorously titled "This is the Thrilling Conversation You've Been Waiting
For," which proved the group could lighten things up at times rather than
just singing in a more serious rock star fashion. The best reception
the band got was for their mammoth hit single "Flagpole Sitta," featuring
their trademark catchy chorus line "I'm not sick, but I'm not well."
That was the tune that put the band on the charts, and one that stands
out as an alternative rock mega hit for the current generation of music