ARTIST: THE DANGEROUS SUMMER 

TITLE: THE DANGEROUS SUMMER 

LABEL: HOPELESS RECORDS 

RATING: 8/10 

Some bands get a tougher break than others, and for the Dangerous Summer, their break was just about as bad as you can get. With lost members due to fatherhood, and the American judicial system, the band could never really pick up the traction that the quality of their music deserved. Since forming in 2006, the band have played all over the world, completing runs on Vans Warped Tour and releasing 4 studio albums (Including classic debut, Reach For the Sun). However, the band went on a lengthy 4 year hiatus back in 2014 after the release of final album, Golden Record.

“THIS IS A GREAT COMEBACK FROM A BAND THAT REALLY DESERVES ONE…”

Fast forward to 2018 and the Dangerous Summer are back in the guise of a rejuvenated trio, losing founding member Cody Payne after he was sentenced to a year in prison last year. Their fifth album eponymously titled ‘The Dangerous Summer’ is a welcome return to form. Album opener ‘Color’ feels like something fresh, a new ground for The Dangerous Summer, one that works really well. The track features guitar work reminiscent of the calmer approach Turnover have taken on their newest album, something that contrasts with vocalist AJ Perdomo’s gruff vocals really well.

‘Color’ leads seamlessly into ‘This is Life’, which is possibly the best track on the album. On this song in particular, the drumming from Ben Cato is fantastic. Combining complex rhythms with this style of music can be difficult, it is easy to imagine that this set of songs would be far blander without Cato’s stellar work behind the kit.

The album falls down in the middle. The three track run of ‘Luna’, ‘Wild Again’ and ‘Valium’ meander and become slightly repetitive. In particular, ‘Luna’  is a downtempo song led by keyboards and clean guitar, although it’s nice to see The Dangerous Summer switching things up and trying different experiments, this one doesn’t quite come off.

However, the album picks up in a big way with ‘When I Get Home’. Another track that takes experiments and influences from left field, such as the harmonised guitar riff that is comparable to bands like Thin Lizzy, something that you’d never expect to hear on a record of this calibre. Moreover, vocalist AJ Perdomo puts in another great vocal performance. Perdomo’s voice feels different, more grown up. This change is comparable to that of Dustin Kensure of Thrice, Perdomo’s voice has become far grittier, which really lends itself to this new maturer sound that The Dangerous Summer are boasting on the new record.

This is a great comeback from a band that really deserves one. The Dangerous Summer feel like they have a new breath of life, creating tracks that feel exciting and really stick out in their back catalogue and are begging to be played in the a live environment. Welcome back, fellas, lets hope you’re here to stay.

WORDS: CALLUM HURST 

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