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"The Dangerous Summer"

by Lou Venditti - News Editor
Tue, Feb 6th 2018 11:00 pm

The Dangerous Summer is that one band from high school that sticks in your head long after your emo days have ended. The Maryland band ended its five-year hiatus following 2013’s “Golden Record.” Renewed after severing ties with guitarist Cody Payne, who was partially the cause of the hiatus, the band presents its most personal record to date.

The opening song, “Color”, serves as a mellow reintroduction to the band. Frontman AJ Perdomo delves into himself and his own maturity, making amends with his past. The song builds up into a staple track from the band, the first single “This Is Life”. The song is ostensibly the best song on the album, with Perdomo really questioning the meaning of life.

“It’s a shame this is life,” he sings. “With everything at our disposal, while we stayed inside most our lives, hope to God for a better one until we die.”

Perdomo’s raw lyricism is one of the most impressive parts of the album. He’s always been open with his lyrics, drawing all of his conclusions from the darker sides of his mind. However, on this self-titled album, Perdomo seems to have settled into a better place. Where Perdomo once felt alone, on “Fire”, he seems to take solace in being isolated. 

“I drive to the ocean by myself, I take all the hills I can,” he sings. “They make me feel so small, I keep all the windows down and let the outside air spill in.”

The album loses its place around the middle. On “Wild Again”, of guitarist Matt Kennedy belts a couple cool solos over an otherwise boring rock track. “Valium”, the very next song, starts in the same cookie-cutter way before spiking into random bursts of emotion from Perdomo. 

Perdomo has been through a lot since the band took a hiatus. He got married, moved to Los Angeles and had a kid in the five years the band was off. On “When I Get Home”, he sings to that.

“I feel so lucky I could die,” he sung. “I feel so lucky for all that I have in my life.”

The final song on the album is one of the best songs the band made yet. “Infinite” starts with a slow churn carried by Perdomo’s gruff voice and roars into a wave of sound. It’s nostalgic of the band’s earliest songs, with Perdomo screaming at the top of his lungs with the drop hits.

“I’ll go to sleep when I’m dead,” he screams. 

Normally, when a band returns from a hiatus, it ruins a good thing. Most bands should stay dead. But the Dangerous Summer didn’t ruin a good thing. Its self-titled album showed a strong maturation and a willingness to experiment. 

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