Over the last couple of years, danes have cemented a reputation as Vancouver's premier peddlers of sarcastic, creepy, and oddly propulsive noise rock. Guitarist and vocalist Geordon Gaskill-Cadwallader, drummer Evan Heggen, and bassist Phillip Moore have honed their signature sound to reference genre titans like Shellac, Unwound and The Jesus Lizard, without committing pastiche, and always hinting at odd, untold horizons. Acid-cloud guitar noise lingers and curdles over roiling, mutating bass lines, creating a caustic din held together by nimble, adaptive drum work. Despite a bold and uncompromising vision, danes have become some of the Vancouver DIY music scene's most transfixed and magnetic performers.
The band's latest release, 2022's Dislocation EP, came together during a fertile creative period through long months of pandemic lock-down that saw the group embracing collaborative songwriting for the first time. Sneering, experimental and sometimes playful, the EP is exceptionally diverse in tone and mood — its six tracks represent a crest in the band's development, a snapshot of their identity coming into full focus.
Danes formed in early 2020 when Moore joined an early iteration of the project that had Gaskill-Cadwallader and Heggen performing simple, Hives-influenced, garage rock. While initially an outlet for the guitarist's songwriting ideas, the band's identity solidified during the recording of their debut LP Molds in 2021, folding in all three members' influences, and becoming something altogether more gnarly and forward-thinking.