Mike – Vocalist in Dangerface

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Mike – Vocalist in Dangerface

Hey, I’m Mike, from Dangerface.

I really had to pick my brain here, but I chose these records because these were the ones I listened to the most, the records that were there for me in tough times when I was growing up.
I listened to a lot of Pop-Punk growing up, and sometimes I wonder if Punk saved my life, or just fucking destroyed it.

Anyway, here are some of my personal favourite life-changing records:


The Ataris – Blue Skies, Broken Hearts… Next Twelve Exits
The Ataris basically wrote the words of how I felt at that time in my life. San Dimas High School Football Rules was the first song I ever heard from them (from Fat Music 4 – Life in the Fat Lane) and it just hit home. I couldn’t find the album in ANY Norwegian record store. One summer, my mother and I, went to Seattle to visit family, and I just went nuts over there. They had all the records I loved that I couldn’t find anywhere in Norway. And I found this little gem of a record. Listened to it nonstop for at least two years. Some sad years, but they made a mark, and they changed a lot in me.


Alkaline Trio – From Here to Infirmary
This was the first record I ever heard from Alkaline Trio, it was definitely not the last.

I had heard the single Stupid Kid, which was one of my favourite songs at that time. And I was in Oslo (I was there to see Red Hot Chili Peppers, please don’t ask).

If you are into punk/hardcore/metal and stuff like that, you go to the little record store Tiger. So I went there for the first time ever, and the second I walk in, I could feel this record just scream at me. It felt like it was telling me to buy it. And so I did. And holy shit, that record is still one of my favourite records to this day. Dark as fuck, and that too, just hit home.

(One year later I got to see Alkaline Trio, Thrice and Rancid on the same Stage, same night. And I got personally handed a guitar-pick from the dark lord, Matt Skiba himself. I was in heaven… or hell.)


Rancid – …And Out Come The Wolves
So to the last one. This record is probably on a lot of people’s lists, and it’s a bit of a cliché, but fuck that. This record is a fucking hit from song one. Inspired A LOT of bands over the years.

A record with 19 songs, and every single song is fucking great. How does one make a 19-song long record, and every song is a fucking hit?!

I was baffled the second I heard it, at a party in the 7th grade. The record cover makes it look really hardcore punk, but looks can deceive. And it did, in my opinion. It’s fucking loveable music that anybody can love. And it’s still good to this day. The lyrics are just incredible. Songwriting on this record is probably some of the best I’ve heard. Ever.

Other records that should definitely be mentioned are:
Refused – The Shape of Punk to Come (damn, these guys could see into the future, or what?)
Alexisonfire – Watch Out! (The energy, deep, important lyrics throughout is just mind-blowing. What a band!)
Sublime – Sublime (I never smoked weed or anything, which is the first thing people think of when they hear Sublime, but I still love this album to this day)
The Bronx – I (Screaming vocals with a bit of harmonies mixed with rockn’roll. Can’t get any better than this.)
The Menzingers – Hold on, Dodge. EP (This EP is just incredible. I don’t have much more to say, because it speaks for itself. Sunday Morning is a song that comforts you.)

Dangerface is a hardcore punk band from Stavanger, Norway. You can check out their music on Bandcamp and on Spotify.

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