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Harvey Danger… You Know, They Had That One Song

Posted by Dave Segal at 02:51 PM

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That ubiquitous Harvey Danger photo

Stranger editor emeritus Sean Nelson was interviewed in the new issue of Seattle Sound for an article on his band Harvey Danger (I’d link to the story, but the mag’s site seems to be one month behind schedule). SS writer Litsa Dremousis conducted a thorough interview and wrote a long feature, which was considerably edited for print. Dremousis agreed to let Nelson post the uncut version of the transcript on his blog. It’s a must read for fans and the HD curious.

The news hook for that Harvey Danger piece (and this post) is to alert you to the Seattle band’s Aug. 4 CD release party for the new and, one assumes, improved (Kill Rock Stars didn’t send a copy; ’sup with that?) version of Little by Little. Harvey Danger’s third album, it is the group’s most mature and accomplished work yet.

But is there another “Flagpole Sitta” on it, you annoyingly ask? Um, I don’t think so. But “Little Round Mirrors” and “Cream and Bastards Rise” are better songs, and so are “Plague of Locusts” and the title track off the 2005 Sometimes You Have to Work on Christmas (Sometimes) EP. Melodically nuanced, lyrically acute, and robustly rocking when they need to be, Harvey Danger’s newest batch of songs are built to last à la those by Nilsson, Newman, and Lennon/McCartney.

Harvey Danger play tonight at Neumo’s (925 E Pike St) with Mercir, Soft Drugs, the Trucks; $8 advance tickets, 21+.

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I stand by my adoration of this record (four star Stranger review last year) and also want to assert that Litsa is an amazing music journalist. Don't know how that album was "improved" -- and loved Litsa's full on great Q&A.

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