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Album Review

Given the time of its emergence in the mid-2000s, Maryland quartet the Dangerous Summer probably should be categorized as "neo-emo" and "neo-alternative," since it marks a next generation (the bandmembers were in high school when they started), even if its sound has been a familiar one in rock since the 1980s. By now, U2's the Edge should be as resentful that he couldn't patent his guitar sound as Bo Diddley was that he couldn't copyright the Bo Diddley beat. Guitarists Cody Payne and Etay Pisano prove themselves close students of the Edge, in each song introducing repetitive yet driving riffs played with a ringing tone. The rhythm section of A.J. Perdomo and Tyler Minsberg barrels along below them, and Perdomo sings over it all in a husky voice sometimes sweetened with harmonies. In true emo fashion, his words are full of confessional insecurity and anxiety, usually directed at a love object who doesn't seem to love him as much as he does her; consider songs titles like "No One's Gonna Need You More" and "I Should Leave Right Now." Such sentiments are likely to have a considerable appeal to listeners of the Dangerous Summer, especially married to the driving rock that toughens them up. The Dangerous Summer may not be original, but it is available. The band is not out touring the world in football stadiums yet, but is growing more confident and tighter with each release.

Customer Reviews

Unbelievable.

This is my favourite album of all-time.

Obviously, there is no band that suits everyone. If you don't like alternative rock/indie rock/ emo pop kind of music, then you probably wont enjoy it. If you do like this genre however, I implore you to spend some time listening to this album. You can get lost in the latter half a little bit at first as it's a lot to take in, but if you give it the time and respect it deserves, I guarantee you will love it.

Biography

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,...
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