Dark-pop quartet Dangermaker aren’t known for crafting love songs. Formed in 2008, the San Francisco band has released three EPs and one full-length album, all the while managing to avoid the mushy topic of love, focusing instead on subjects related to personal struggles and growth.
With “I Won’t Let You Down,” the group’s new single off of their upcoming EP, Light the Dark III, premiered here on SF Weekly, Dangermaker is switching things up. The buzzy, synth-riddled electronic track, which evokes similarities to bands like Phoenix and The Killers, marks one of the few times that Dangermaker has attempted to discuss love and romance in a song. According to singer-songwriter and guitarist Adam Burnett, penning love songs is something he tends to avoid “as they can easily come across as cheesy and typical.”
But “cheesy and typical,” “I Won’t Let You Down” is not. Rather, it’s a sincere meditation about the loss that one feels after a breakup, with a chorus that repeats the phrase, “Oh it’s lonely” to emphasize this point.
“This one was written amid trying to make a serious relationship work out while hanging onto our own identities,” Burnett says. “[It’s about] dealing with personal loss and loneliness and the responsibility to another person to get your shit together. It’s a promise to try.”
Dangermaker recently made an appearance at BottleRock Music Festival, and will be celebrating the release of “I Won’t Let You Down” with a party on Saturday, August 20, at Great American Music Hall. More info here.