Andreas Bay Estrup – mastermind of the band – ones dreamt of a musical carrier as a jazz drummer which he studied in Kopenhagen, Amsterdam and New York. So he just wanted to play drums and nothing else, but sometimes things are changing and so he began to write his own songs. He was also looking for a band which can play these and found some friends and well experienced musicians who have band in popular danish bands as Saybia (Jess Jensen), Slaraffenland (Mike Juel Taagehøj), Folkeklubben (Rasmus Jusjong) and Efterklang (Frederik Teige) – that made Estrup change to play guitar as well as he didn’t want to be a singing drummer.
In 2011 they played their first gigs as Dangers of the Sea, played famous Roskilde Festival in 2012 and released the self-titled debut album with influences from 60’s and 70’s folk rock especially the brilliant harmonies and acoustic guitar work. In combination with Estrup’s soft voice they were compared to the likes of Midlake and CSN (=Crosby/Stills/Nash) – the band sees their biggest influence in Neil Young…
Over the last couple of years Estrup and his band worked on the new album which in the end was released about 5 (!) years after the debut and is called „Our Place In History“ – to the band this one feels a little nit like a reset even Estrup is still writing all the songs and lyrics, but the arrangements more and more are being done by all members.
The first single is ‚You & I’: „To me it’s one of the rare songs that comes as a sudden impulse and quickly takes shape. I was in a rather special mood when it dumped down, but writing the song helped me solve some of the thoughts and frustrations I was struggling with at the time. Originally the song was quiet dreamy and slow, but in our rehearsal room we found a more outgoing and almost triumphant sound, which I think provides an exciting contrast to the text universe.“ (Estrup)
Of course Dangers of the Sea still have their folk rock roots, but they also found a new way to make the sound even more unique and developed as musicians and songwriters a lot especially as a band.
Estrup describes the genesis of „Our Place In History“ in his own words:
„We have taken the necessary time to write the songs and to find the right sound in the recording process. Adulthood has naturally put ist impression on the album’s texts, which clearly reflect my states of mind over the recent years. It has been some pretty challenging years, which have been characterized by loss and releationships around me that ended – and suddenly having the responsibility for others than myself. There has come a greater seriousness into existence, but fortunately also a greater appreciation of all the good I have in my life. Also in that aspect we have grown as a band. We have simply become better at appreciating what we have and are able to do together.“