The Dangerous Summer has been one of those bands on the list of “bands I’d like to eventually give a listen to but never got around to.” I figured it’s finally time and after listening to their new single “Catholic Girls,” I’m impressed.
Now my immediate reaction to seeing the title was that it was one of those “Pop Goes Punk” style covers of one of my favourite Frank Zappa songs. Much to my mixed feelings of surprise and disappointment, this was not the case.
It has an almost drone-y (is that a word) beginning that quickly gets going into the chorus. It’s a good thing the chorus is good because you’ll be hearing it a lot – almost exclusively, actually. It’s a story of first love told over booming drums and uptempo guitar. I listened to it several times before giving up on the lyrics. To say this song is repetitious is an understatement.
This song is a good “single.” If I’d heard it in the context of the upcoming album Golden Record I’d have probably thought it was a nice song but far from a standout. This seems more like a taste of the sound you will hear from this album – makes me hope that the best is yet to come.
All in all it’s a catchy song that offers a good taste of the sound of the album but I very much hope the full-length offers more in terms of variety of song structure and other such content. My first impression of this band is good but not great. However, I will be checking out Golden Record.