“There’s a hole somewhere where my old self lives” is perhaps the perfect way to start an album released following a three-year hiatus. With their return, The Dangerous Summer eagerly dives back in to the worlds of pop-punk and alternative rock ready to jumpstart the next chapter of their career. Produced by James Paul Wisner (Underoath, Dashboard Confessional, Paramore), the career-defining self-titled album will be released via longtime partner Hopeless Records. Bouncing back from lineup changes and a three-year break, The Dangerous Summer sound better than ever as they reflect on their past, appreciate their present, and look forward to what’s to come.
The highly anticipated The Dangerous Summer is teeming with nostalgia, starting with the first track, “Color”. The introspective qualms vocalist AJ Perdomo faces come paired with a silver lining, a theme which carries on throughout the album. Each track serves a purpose, the band forming connections with the listener at every turn. “This Is Life” is the perfect example of that –fearless optimism pulsing throughout the track creates an anthem for those who not only wish to change the world, but try to (“I see sky where once was ceiling / Believing the fact I could change the world / ‘Cause I think I could”).
This uplifting energy continues throughout, one of the most earnest examples being in “Luna”. A the standout track on the album, “Luna” is a heartfelt love letter to Perdomo’s daughter of the same name. He sings, as if it were a lullaby, “Stay wild as long as you can, ’cause you are free, you are the architect of all your dreams.” The track feels larger than life — despite being one of the softer tracks on the album — yet is so intimate, as is the case with many of their songs.
“Fire”, one of the singles released late last year, has equally grandiose lyricism (“We’re getting older now but we’re never giving in / Every road has given me something”). Nostalgia is the guiding force behind the front half of the album, each track heavily weighted by a melancholic yearning for the past and reflective understanding of what it means to grow up, “Fire” no exception to that. The heavier lyrical themes are offset by fun, upbeat music — a combination The Dangerous Summer pulls off perfectly every time. Writing songs that are as emotional to listen to as they are fun to dance to is no easy task, but the band welcomes the challenge, as their songs always lend to great performances.
As the album continues, it drifts away from its nostalgic bearings and begins to look towards the future. Catchy pop-punk beats and an all-around youthful feeling define “When I Get Home”, one of the more upbeat and joyful songs on the album. The song is a perfect transition into the final two tracks, “Live Forever” and “Infinite”, both of which feel, well, infinite. Lyrics about living in the moment, cherishing time with your loved ones, and seizing every moment are gleaming with hope and possibility, making the the radiant ideal of “forever” feel like it’s just around the corner.
The Dangerous Summer is known for their heavy-hitting and honest lyricism paired with beautiful melodies and upbeat music, and their self-titled record is no exception. The group has returned from their hiatus with a strong sense of who they are as a band, as well as where they would like to go from here.
Alternative Rock/Pop-Punk | Hopeless Records