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In the year 1977, a collection of sounds and images were put together to portray the diversity and culture that represents what life on Earth was like. Coined as the “Voyager Golden Record,” the phonograph was constructed from gold-plated copper and electroplated with uranium in an attempt to provide a way to determine the age of the record once it was received. With musical selection ranging from Beethoven to Chuck Berry, this record was an attempt to show potential extraterrestrials the best of the best the earth had to offer artistically.
Inspired by such a grandiose attempt to present the most impressive work that’s ever been created, AJ Perdomo and crew – aka The Dangerous Summer, released a 10 song album that sums up the entire band and the impression they want to leave on the world. While this might feel a little overzealous for a band that’s been around for less than a decade and has had their fair share of turmoil, the release of Golden Record is certainly a game changer for them.
One of the most noticeable parts of The Dangerous Summer’s sound is the intense and syncopated drumming. The band’s new drummer Ben Cato picks up right where former drummer Tyler Minsberg left off on their previous releases. While the overall musicality of the band has not differed much, there is an evident growth; the sound is much heavier and gives more space for Perdomo’s fierce vocals to come out and make its presence known.
Fans of The Dangerous Summer will tell you that they are initially attracted to their unique rock sound and become lifelong fans for the phenomenal lyrics. Each and every song Perdomo pens is an unadulterated outpouring of what’s on his heart and is not afraid to share his emotions. In the lead single “Catholic Girls,” he sings about the heavy weight the suicide of his childhood friend Loriann and how it haunts him, saying, “And I remember laughing when we caught up; asking if that was still a part of me. It’s still a part of me. At night we used to drive until we couldn’t. All that we wanted was some company, and it was comforting.” In what could be considered the love song of the album, Perdomo sings about his budding marriage, the hardships of life on the road, and leaving a wife behind all alone in “Miles Apart.” Closing song “Anchor” is a great capstone to the release, with its theme of moving forward and throwing caution to the wind.
The common complaint people have about The Dangerous Summer is the similarity in all of their songs from a musical standpoint, which can arguably be seen as a valid point. Having said that, it may be hard to compare this record to the Golden Record of 1977 with its expansive diversity. Comparing it on that level seems a little unfair, and not at all what Perdomo had in mind with this inspiration. It would be much more appropriate to believe that this record was an attempt to show critics, fans, and the entire world that The Dangerous Summer is a band that can write some incredible music that deserves to be remembered and loved.
Written by Matthew Moore
OurVinyl | Contributor