The Dangerous Summer

S&S Presents

The Dangerous Summer

All Get Out, A Will Away, Sunsleeper

Friday, May 11, 2018

7:00 pm

The Loading Dock

$16 ADV / $18 DOS

The Dangerous Summer
The Dangerous Summer
A funny thing happened when The Dangerous Summer walked away in 2014: People kept listening.

In fact, the legend of the Ellicott City, Maryland-based band—signed by Hopeless Records during their senior year of high school in 2007—only grew larger in their absence. Fans inked vocalist/bassist AJ Perdomo’s words on their skin. Bands cribbed their names from Dangerous Summer song titles. They never broke in the mainstream, but to a rabid underground audience, The Dangerous Summer were a phenomenon.

Now, newly reformed and reunited with Hopeless Records, the band—Perdomo, guitarist Matt Kennedy and drummer Ben Cato—are ready to begin their second chapter with the release of their fourth full-length album in 2018, produced by James Paul Wisner (Underoath, Dashboard Confessional, Paramore).

“In all of our minds, we thought this was never going to happen again,” Perdomo says. “There was a point in my life where I thought I was never going to play another Dangerous Summer song again. But the easiest thing in the world is writing music and playing music together. It’s second nature. It feels right again.”

The band’s forthcoming album, their first in four years, looks to build on an already accomplished discography. The Dangerous Summer’s first three albums—2009’s Reach For The Sun, 2011’s War Paint and 2013’s Golden Record—were more than just critically acclaimed: They were collections of visceral, textured alternative rock that shook audiences to their core with an unrivaled musical heft and lyrical honesty. They were songs that demanded your attention, as catchy as they were introspectively vulnerable.

“We’re taking elements of what people always loved about the band and trying to push the limits and push things forward,” Perdomo explains, noting that the band’s new music is more uplifting and upbeat than the stark, bleak Golden Record, which came at a time of both personal and professional turmoil for the group. “On Reach For The Sun, we had a lot of inspiring songs,” he says. “I feel like right now we need to pull out of this dark veil before we do anything else in our story. We’re pulling out of the darkness, and it’s really inspiring and uplifting.”

So, as The Dangerous Summer approach the next stage of their career, they do so with an overwhelming optimism that’s never been stronger. This isn’t a rehash: It’s a band acknowledging their past with eyes turned squarely toward the future. Most importantly, it’s a reunion led by the music instead of the ancillary trappings of the industry. In their time away, Perdomo, Kennedy and Cato had plenty of time to figure out who and where they wanted to be, and they’ve all returned to the same place.

“No one owes us anything,” says Perdomo, who became a father during the band’s hiatus. “We have to prove ourselves again. We’re giving our entire selves to this. We were always just grinding so hard because we needed to do it for a living, just trying to get by. We’re not going to be grinding out 100-day tours; we conquered that. We finally got to the point where we don’t need this—we want it.”
All Get Out
All Get Out
Four years without new music can be a death sentence for any artist, and when an absence like that follows the release of a debut album, circumstances can get dire. But few acts are able to amass a cult following as rapidly as South Carolina-based indie rock outfit All Get Out did with 2011’s The Season, a full-length record that has proven to have near-infinite replayability.

“I needed a break,” songwriter and vocalist Nathan Hussey says. “I needed to regroup and really think about where I was, what I was doing, and how I was doing it.”

Finally, the band is back in action in 2015, and is ready to share a brand-new EP, Movement, on April 14 via Favorite Gentlemen Recordings and Bad Timing Records.

“The EP goes in a direction that feels natural for All Get Out,” Hussey explains. “It’s heavier, and it’s kind of a sister to our last release in its rawness. The Season is neatly put together, and Movement is a little sloppy, a little less intentional. The main concept here, of course, is movement. It’s how you know things are still alive.

“I started writing the title track in 2013. The first two verses are about how changes happen in a way that people don’t understand. And I’m kind of saying, you don’t have to get it, you don’t have to understand. And as the song was being written over those two years, it called me into the idea of movement.”

Movement isn’t a reintroduction or regeneration — it’s a reaffirmation. It’s a torrent of spirit at its most raw moments, an unabashed exorcism of the things that keep us awake at night in the pursuit of a life with deserved purpose. Continuing to gravitate toward the unoccupied spaces between indie and rock, All Get Out’s return to the spotlight presents an opportunity for listeners to fall in love all over again with one of the most dynamic groups in this genre.
A Will Away
A Will Away
from Naugatuck, CT
Sunsleeper
Sunsleeper
Venue Information:
The Loading Dock
445 S 400 W
Salt Lake City, UT, 84101