By Ryan Javier
DALLAS – After an epic set at the Gas Monkey Live, frontman Mike Noyes of the Fort Worth band, The Dangits, was kind enough to sit down with Infrared and answer a few questions.
Thanks for speaking with us! Let’s start with the Gas Monkey show. How did you get the gig playing with the Misfits? Did you stress over your setlist, or what it relatively easy choosing songs for the show?
MN: I had been in contact with Daniel Castaneda for a few months working on getting in as support for a band that made a good fit since they have such varied acts that play there. Didn’t really have any problems putting that set together other than making it fit to 30 minutes. I think we trimmed off a couple of songs and just plowed they the set to be sure we didn’t run over time.
There were a few drummers early on, before Russ came on board and in the past few years before Rob joined, The Dangits have a had a few bassists come and go. How, if at all, have lineup changes affected the band’s sound and direction over the years?
Your next scheduled show is December; tell me about that.
MN: Our next and last show for 2015 is December 18th at Lola’s Saloon in Ft Worth with Bad Blonde, West Side Drunk Punks and Hello Lover. We’ve never played with WSDP before, did Bad Blonde at Caves in Arlington a few months Bach and We played with Hello Lover in the parking lot of the Dallas Guitar Festival a few years ago, that was our turd in the punch bowl experience. If you’ve ever been to to one of those it’s like Comic Con for guitar enthusiasts, mostly blues folks. It’s 3 days of one after the other, high functioning savant blues wank wizards blowing everyone’s minds and then there’s us out there in the kiddie pool making fart bubbles and banging out 3 chord nonsense. We were not asked back.
Your current LP, Come Alive, is incredible! Is there a track is particularly special one that stands out to you?
It’ll be hard to top Come Alive, but is there another album in the works and if so, at what stage of development is it in?
MN: We write epically slow. We play 4 songs it think right now that have not been recorded, got a few more on deck (which means in my brain) and along with a cover we’d really like to do something next year. We are not in a particular rush, couple that with practicing once a week if we are lucky, all the line up ins and outs and having to teach the songs to them, we don’t move very fast.
For someone who has never seen you guys live, describe your show and what one can expect.
MN: Three chords and a cloud of dust. I say that but some of our songs over the years have gotten more complex…4 chords maybe. My previous band (REO) Speedealer was founded on the idea of get up there and get the fuck off before anyone is aware of what just happened. I think we (I know I do any way) see that it’s the way this type of music should be played. I’m usually choking for my next breath and my vocal chords seize up by the last song or two but that just lets me know it’s working. The Ramones have been a HEAVY influence in my life and their right to business attitude is what we are trying to emulate. More rock, less talk.
What’s your favorite song to perform live and why?
MN: I think everyone has their favorites but I’d say either “Come Alive” or “6 Miles To Mexico”. I think they have the same vibe and kind of on the verge of imploding at any moment feel. I think either would be a good bar fight song.
The Dangits have had a multitude of live shows over the years; what’s been y’alls most memorable performance and why?
MN: Well the Misfits show would be one. Being a bar band it’s nice to play such a big venue and being treated so well by the Gas Monkey people. It was a treat, don’t know if we’ll be asked back but would love the opportunity. We played a show at Three Links in Dallas and someone hit me in the face with a cucumber. That was weird. The Shows we’ve played with Brutal Juice were great for me because I’m such a fan and played with them a bunch with my old band. I really remember the shitty shows the most though. The ones where no one shows up or the power goes out or the PA does nothing but squeal the whole show. Those are my favorites.
What’s the best platform for fans to stay up-to-date on The Dangits?
MN: I stay on top of the FB page and keep that updated but I personally don’t mess with Twitter, Bands In Town, Instagram etc. maybe one of us does I don’t know, I’m not personally on any of those. All of our merch is at Bandcamp though.
Is there anything that y’all would like to say to your fans?
MN: I think we are just genuinely appreciative that people come out to see us. There are times when I think holy crap, people actually like what we do? It’s really just a lot of fun for us to play. I gave up on the professional musician thing a long time ago and when it came down to it really wasn’t much fun, it was a job and I kinda sucked at it. Doing the local thing is far more enjoyable and it being a tertiary thing in our lives makes it less of a stress. I took about 9 years off from music before starting the band with Branden who did the same. Writing music just scratches this itch in my brain that can’t be satisfied any other way. Even if we aren’t very good. — Mike Noyes
Nice try, but ticket sales and adoring fans say otherwise, Mike.
Formed in 2009, The Dangits consists of co-founders Mike Noyes and Branden Smith, on guitar/vocals and on guitar and backing vocals, respectively. Bassist Rob Navarrete and percussionist Russ Genders round out this phenomenal group of musicians. For more info, like them on Facebook, check out The Dangits ReverbNation page and be sure to follow the band on Twitter for the latest news.