TThe Dangits at Lolas Saloon | Photo Credit: Johnny Govea for En La Calle
By: Juan “Johnny” Govea
Growing in the early 90s Motorcycle bars and streets of Deep Ellum, Mike Noyes and Branden Smith became friends, and grew to become the founding members of the The Dangits. They found their musical sound through trial and error. Noyes contributed in the punk group Speeddealer as well as other long-lost groups headlining long gone venues.
Head honchos, Noyes on vocals and guitar, Smith on guitar and vocals, Russ Genders on drums, and Rob Navarrete on bass have taken their Punk Rock group The Dangits a long way over the past ten years.
Punk Rock listeners lend a fellow ear to mind-bending bands like Nerf Herder, Motorhead, The Hellacopters and what lead singer Noyes stated in a previous En La Calle article (“A Taste of the Local DFW Punk Band, The Dangits”) are standard influences like The Ramones and artists like the founding “roots” of the famed ‘80s metal band Iron Maiden are mainstays among the influences of the frontman’s playlists. Artists such as the ‘90s punk band Zeke and underground bands like the Candy Snatchers from Virginia beach played a role in forming the group’s sound.
The Dangits anniversary show is scheduled for Saturday, March 30 at Main At South Side (MASS) in Fort Worth, Texas.
Many of the Dangits’ cast have held the stage with other local groups like bassist Rob Navarrete over the years, playing shows with Fort Worth’s punk groups like Huffer. Other members have worked in metal bands such as Ministry. Many guest artists have graced their musical talents and ideas with The Dangits’ early recordings.
Mike Noyes of The Dangits | Photo Credit: Johnny Govea
The current roster includes Genders, Navarrete, Smith and Noyes holding the fort of Fort Worth as local old-school punk rock veterans in the field and on the streets.
“With traveling and touring, we’re really at a point where we enjoy playing where we are,” Noyes says. “It’s a gateway drug, if I had kept touring like the 4 years before then I wouldn’t have stopped.”
Noyes says the fun of playing music and creating art is done for the enjoyment and has been done for the purpose of enjoyment. The group is hopeful for a new release near the end of the year.
The Dangits released Come Alive, a greatest hits album, and an split EP dating back to 2010, which are all available on Bandcamp with a quick “The Dangits” search for their digital releases and will all be made available at the merch table for the March 30 show featuring Dagger Club, Drawer Devils, Leroy The Prophet, and Cruella.
Opening for several traveling acts over the past years The Dangits are known for their Speeddealer and grungy-like garage, Southern rock sound like Tucson’s Supersuckers who recently performed along side The Fort Worth group at Sons of Herman Hall in Dallas, Texas earlier this month. The ten-year anniversary show is sure to pack a solid punch.