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Album Review

Emo ranks up there with speed metal as a contemporary musical style that has a strictly enforced set of stylistic parameters that it's bad form to push against. Maryland teens Dangerous Summer (named after Ernest Hemingway's bullfighting book) are entirely proficient at their brand of mainstream alterna-rock emo, but anyone who has heard more than one other band in this style will notice within 30 seconds of opening track "I Will Stay" that this quartet hasn't got a single original idea. Every emo cliché is present and accounted for, right down to Cody Payne's upwards-modulating vocals on the choruses. However, Dangerous Summer do this sort of thing quite well, and those who don't consider originality or inventiveness a prerequisite for enjoyment of the style will likely get behind this adequate but unspectacular EP.


Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s, '10s

The melodic, catchy emo-pop band the Dangerous Summer formed in August 2006 in Ellicott City, MD. Guitarist Cody Payne moved back to town after a brief stint in Florida, recruiting three of his longtime high-school buddies to join his musical endeavors upon his return. Taking their name from the classic Ernest Hemingway novel and looking to groups like the Starting Line, Third Eye Blind, U2, and Name Taken for influence, the Dangerous Summer -- which further included A.J. Perdomo (lead vocals, bass),...
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