The Dangerous Summer
If You Could Only Keep Me Alive


4.0
excellent

Review

by ToWhatEnd USER (100 Reviews)
September 26th, 2007 | 14 replies


Release Date: 2007 | Tracklist

Review Summary: The Dangerous Summer blends the sounds of indie, alternative, and pop punk quite well. A wide range of influences and strong songwriting shape up an impressive debut EP.

Sometimes you just get this feeling in your stomach when you see a local band play. It’s a feeling of pure convincement. You just know if the band knew the right people or got in front of the right audience they could just skyrocket in popularity. I do very clearly remember my first experience seeing The Dangerous Summer live. Not because they opted to leave the stage after being told to skip a song they stated was about sex (hey it’s bound to happen at Christian based event right"). It was more so because I walked into the room they were playing in and got blown away by their sound. Their blend of indie, rock and pop punk was delivered so solidly and their unique vocals on top of it all had me convinced. This night was in February and several weeks later I saw them open a sold out show for All Time Low. Once more their sound continued to impress me and I walked out with their self released 5 song EP. I also walked out with the knowledge that more than half of the band still hadn’t graduated high school. Even with all of this talent and potential I never would have predicted the band exploding as fast as they do.

Fast forward two months; right before the beginning of summer they sign a record label with Hopeless Records. Three months later the group releases their Hopeless debut EP If You Could Only Keep Me Alive after touring both coasts of the US. In about a year since being formed, the group has released an EP on their own, toured the US, racked up over a million plays on myspace, and eventually released an EP on a known Indie label, not too shabby huh" Well to be honest their success is not by luck or chance, it’s thanks to the extremely strong songwriting and the sound that is present. As previously stated, the band blends together indie and alternative influences with pop punk sensibility. They sure know how to use their effect pedals to their advantage as plenty of times spacey sounding riffs dominate the introductions and verses. It sets up for an enjoyable explosion for the chorus when they bring out open power chords and fitting leads. This format is used in “The Permanent Rain” which has a spacey and moderately laid back feel to the verse thanks to a delay pedal. Things crescendo in the chorus as they once more make use of a delay pedal and bring a modified version of the main riff into play. The whole crescendo for the chorus is not really a new aspect, but the way they approach it is certainly interesting and unique.

Those same adjectives apply to their vocalist. Many young bands suffer in this department but AJ Perdomo is more than capable of handling vocal duties. He really shines in songs like “Here We Are After The Dark”. The track is about as straightforward as the band gets, as it certainly shows a heavy dose of their pop punk influence. The distant riffs still shine in the background and the harmonics in the prechorus are a nice touch for this chord driven song. However, it is the bridge’s incredibly emotional state that really drives the song home. Lyrically it discusses the hardships of committing to a musical career. “But what if I was wrong" What if I should stay" Would you let me hold my breath/ tell me there's nothing more to say" Or would you change" Become disgraced" Say, "Boy, there's nothing I hate more than seeing talent go to waste"" I'll take my time with everything. I'll take my time, and you can show me where to go”. The passionate delivery behind those words is absolutely stunning and the dual vocal outro is one of the most emotional moments of the record. Powerful lyrics, solid instrumentals, and some stand out drum fills from Tyler make for an incredible song. “Disconnect” is yet another song that shows how impressive their subtle riffs can be. They once more go for a clean and fairly mellow verse which perfectly showcases their subtlety guitar and drum wise. The chorus really doesn’t explode as much as one might expect. They don’t overdo it one bit and it really works out to their benefit. The rapid octave strums in the background have the perfect pinch of reverb on them and the additional vocal work by none other than Alex Gaskarth of All Time Low make the chorus as strong as it should be. It once more shows off their trademark crescendo as they pick things up nicely. They do all of this without making the chorus overshadow the rest of the song, which is quite commendable. Their impressive song construction and variety in sounds is outstanding, as The Dangerous Summer have a lot of good going for them.

Strong songwriting, talented musicianship, hooks, and creativity are all present throughout The Dangerous Summer’s debut EP. They certainly have a unique arrangement of influences and a sound that is only destined to blossom from here. Already they have a respectable amount of individuality and as the years progress I can only predict this to increase. The only complaint here is the slight repetition of topics in lyrics. But they are written so well that that complaint sounds more like nitpicking. There is a commendable amount of diversity in the music, especially for a debut. They blend alternative, indie, rock and pop punk together quite successfully and the end result is some catchy tunes with plenty of depth instrumentally. Sure they can dish out some impressive choruses, but it’s their equally strong verses, tempo changes, tasteful utilization of effects and merging of new sections that really makes their sound a success. If You Could Only Keep Me Alive really captures the genesis of the band, as four of these songs were on the group’s first ever self released EP. With a start this impressive, the sky is the limit as far as where the future will lead this band.

The band as heard on this record
Ajay Perdomo – lead vocals and bass
Cody Payne – guitar and backing vocals
Tyler Minsberg – drums
Bryan Czap – guitar

Recommended Tracks
-The Permanent Rain
-Here We Are After The Dark
-Of Confidence

Final Rating: 4/5



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ToWhatEnd
September 26th 2007


3173 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Comments? Questions? Concerns? Anything?!This Message Edited On 09.26.07

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Emeritus
September 26th 2007


7181 Comments


Great review, short and concise by your standards, but I doubt I'll check this out. Still, great work.

the comfort of home
September 26th 2007


15 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Awesome review.



I love The Dangerous Summer - it's insane how popular they've gotten so fast. I remember finding There is No Such Thing as Science on Interpunk or something, and then a week or two later they played a totally random show in a basement of some girl's house in a neighborhood next to mine... in Illinois. It was an odd and lucky coincidence, but they played an awesome show and are incredibly nice guys.



But yeah, great album and review!

Pyramidman
September 27th 2007


1340 Comments


good review
il check this out

ToWhatEnd
September 29th 2007


3173 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Wow, their singer just left the band. This blows...

KillMeQuickly
December 3rd 2007


9 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Great review. I had no idea Alex did some backup in Disconnect. I had to go back and listen to it again. Awesome. I think you should've mentioned something about "Of Confidence" though, as that's my personal favorite.This Message Edited On 12.03.07

ToWhatEnd
December 3rd 2007


3173 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yeah it's one of mine as well. At least it's on the recommended track list though. Shame these guys are probably done for.

ToWhatEnd
April 18th 2008


3173 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

So these guys actually aren't done for. In fact their original lineup is intact and they are playing shows again. SWEET!

DaveyBoy
Staff Reviewer
July 13th 2011


22485 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

'If You Could Only Keep Me Alive' is a positive sign of things to come for The Dangerous Summer. On this 7 track EP, the young Maryland quartet deftly combine pop-punk & alternative-rock, to form a relatively distinctive up-tempo sound. Front & center is the scratchy voice of AJ Perdomo, who bleeds sincerity with his passionate vocals & strangely endearing lyrics. All the while, there is some varied & deceptively melodic dual guitar-work plugging away in the background. Sure, it could use further diversity, refinement & hooks, but the potential here is strong. Recommended Tracks: The Permanent Rain, I Would Stay & Of Confidence.

ToWhatEnd
July 14th 2011


3173 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Oh snap three years later a bump!

JS19
June 1st 2017


6628 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

6 years later bump anyone?

Digging: Om - Conference of the Birds

MuhNamesTyler
June 1st 2017


6393 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I'll take that bump and 2nd it as well

JS19
June 1st 2017


6628 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I miss this band, this is a really great EP as well

MuhNamesTyler
June 1st 2017


6393 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Oh yeah same. I wasn't really into their last album but I definetly didn't want to see the band go. I listened to Reach for the Sun nonstop when it came out



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