If you don't pay much attention to the lovesick lyrics, the songs feel like an invitation to party. And party they did at the show I saw at Ypsilanti's Elbow Room. That night Dangerville attracted a rockabilly retro crowd, with boys in sideburns and girls in tight skirts and bobby socks who occasionally twisted hips in pseudojitterbugs to the relentless beat of drummer Lee Harvey Biltwell. (Hey, I just report the names as I get 'em.)
Obviously Dangerville has figured out that characters can help sell a band. But the music delivers too, especially when the group's stage act ends with a rousing, breakneck rendition of the Clash's "Should I Stay or Should I Go?" And before you leave, keep an eye on Delilah as she twirls that giant bass and picks it up like a guitar, still pounding out a rhythmic strut. You just might find danger looking awfully attractive.
Dangerville returns to the Elbow Room on Saturday, February 15, as part of a four-day "Ladylike Fest."
[Originally published in February, 2003.]