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Danica Dares

INTRODUCING : Danica Dares

Danica Dares formed in the madness of 2020, as reflected in the blend of styles used to get our message across. Loosely defining ourselves as alt-indie rock, our sound encompasses everything from 80s synth, to spoken word and choral music. 

Their second single ‘Paranoia Party’, taken from their upcoming album ‘Curating The Lunatic’ has just been released. Let’s get to know these guys some more…

Who is Danica Dares?

Danica Dares is a three-person alt-indie band from the UK, fronted by Harriet McBain, with Jon Haines (bass and electronica) and Richard Sanderson (guitars). Our sound encompasses everything from 80s synth, choral music and spoken word (we formed in the chaos of 2020, which is probably reflected in the blend of styles we use to get our message across!). Our aim is to create music that is relevant, honest, dark and performative – our frank lyrics help with this…

What do you enjoy most about writing music?

Writing has been such a necessary outlet and a ‘friend’ of sorts in this strange, disorientating year. It’s an opportunity to express and understand what you’re about. The process of getting your thoughts out there into the ether (and the prospect of them resonating with other people you don’t know) is a pretty wonderful thing.

What does the future hold for the band?

Danica Dares has only just begun and we have lots of plans for the future! We’re releasing out debut album this summer (and a couple more singles before then). Our main aim at the moment though, really, is just being able to get together as a band and play, in the same room, at the same time, and work on more music. When restrictions ease up further, we are excited about performing these songs live. It’s been interesting creating music remotely, but now we’re ready to get out there and perform!

What’s a day in the studio like for you guys?

Busy but lonely. Apart from a couple of recording sessions between the lockdowns, we’ve done everything remotely. It’s amazing what technology can do but now we want to ditch the screens and makeshift home-recording studios and get together to create in a more organic way.

What is each of your favourite album of all time?

Harriet:  I’d probably have to go for Blue by Joni Mitchell. Every song hits me in a different place. Whenever I listen to the song Carey it just makes me want to be in the Mermaid Café with her, having a bottle of wine.

Jon: Arggghh… So difficult to choose, it’s like asking me which of my hairs I like best… impossible to choose just one, they are all part of me in some way. Today I’d say The Cure’s Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Kiss Me … It’s a tortured mess of pop, goth, happiness and depression – I love it.

Rich: Psychocandy by Jesus and Mary Chain, an album utterly unique at the time of release I knew that when I first heard it my musical direction had changed forever.

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