Dangerous Animals provide live music at UConn party scene
Published: Wednesday, October 2, 2013
Updated: Wednesday, October 2, 2013 22:10
Live rock and roll does not normally exist between the hours of 9 p.m. to 3 a.m. hours on a UConn Friday night, but Dangerous Animals is here to change that.
Live music at college parties has declined in popularity as music trends have evolved over the past decade. Rock music no longer dominates the charts, and it no longer dominates the basements of college students, as it is simply easier to entertain guests with the infinite playlist of the internet.
However, Dangerous Animals have found this niche venue as an effective way to boost their popularity.
Michael Holler, 7th semester senior political science major as well as lead singer and rhythm guitarist for Dangerous Animals said, “We play parties because parties are the best. The reaction from the crowd is great. Even if a bar is willing to pay us $300 we would rather play for free for that reaction.”
Dangerous Animals, which consists of Holler, John Hudak, 7th semester senior political science major and drummer, Kevin Yuliawan, 7th semester senior computer science engineering major and bassist, and Connor McTaggart philosophy and psychology double major and lead guitarist, have played together for over two years, with Holler and McTaggart remaining from the original line-up. In this time they have recorded three tracks on dangerousanimals.bandcamp.com and are expected to reveal their first full length LP this month on their Facebook page.
Their live sound is frenetic and groovy leading to a packed dance floor. Shockingly, on this dancefloor there is none of the usual grinding or even much touching at all, only the fast jumping and swinging expected from a rock concert.
This approach does have its drawbacks, however. At one venue the band found itself competing for an audience with the DJ on the floor above. That dancefloor found itself at maximum capacity throughout the night, while the basement featuring the band played to a small crowd who had known of the band previously.
The fan base and fan loyalty will increase much faster, the band believes, by playing at these venues. Their indie-punk and classic rock sounds can be heard on dangerousanimals.bandcamp.com, or, if you’re lucky, on a UConn Friday night. “Any party that wants to hire us we will play, unpaid, because live music is an essential part of the college experience,” said McTaggart.