The Dangerous Summer return with a vengeance

With a new album and a nearly sold-out tour, The Dangerous Summer is making the most of their comeback- and this time it’s forever

The Dangerous Summer (Photo by Tori Otamas)

“We got a second chance at life.”

The Dangerous Summer announced their return to music in 2017 to thunderous approval from fans around the world. Vocalist and bassist AJ Perdomo, guitarist Matt Kennedy and drummer Ben Cato made their comeback sans former guitarist Cody Payne and they are hungry to be back in a scene that never stopped hoping for their reemergence.

The band played to a nearly sold-out crowd at Rebel Lounge in Phoenix, AZ, on Sunday and they spoke to Atlas Artist Group about new music, touring with their friends and even the rampant allegations of misconduct in the entertainment industry.

After calling it quits in 2013 due to internal turmoil, The Dangerous Summer’s announcement came as quite the surprise to their label, Hopeless Records, and their many fans. However, listening to the band talk about it, a comeback was never out of the question.

“[We] were really passionate about this before,” said Kennedy. The others agreed, saying that they were demoing new songs the very first day they got back into a room together to discuss the potential future of the band.

“We just fell back in love with it and the energy was so alive and just kind of happened on its own,” said Cato.

This natural chemistry was evident in their live show — this is a band that hasn’t lost a single step. If these guys are incredibly relaxed offstage, they are quite the opposite come showtime. They play like they’re giving us everything, showing physical strain as they throw themselves at the crowd. TDS holds nothing back emotionally either, pouring raw feeling into the lyrics that the fans eagerly screamed back at them throughout their catalogue-spanning set.

Swigging from a bottle of Jim Beam between songs, Perdomo lamented the barricade separating the bar and the underage fans (“We should all have the right to get fucked up!”). The band let the music do the talking for the rest of the night, pausing only to send their heartfelt thanks to the fans for not giving up on them.

“We’re having the time of our lives,” Perdomo commented, adding that being able to continue touring and making music is a “blessing” for the band and an opportunity they don’t intend to squander.

The band took a moment before their set to speak to Atlas not only about their new music, but also the terrible misconduct allegations that have rocked the entertainment industry over the last several months. Perdomo, Kennedy and Cato were adamant in their dismay and disappointment at what they’ve seen unfold in the music world since their return.

“It sucks that people suck,” Perdomo said wryly, quickly adding that the band fully believes in fostering an atmosphere of safety and inclusion at all of their shows.

Photo by Tori Otamas

Of course The Dangerous Summer was the highlight of the evening, but their choice of openers only enhanced the show. This was a conscious choice — all of the bands on the bill are friends and fans of each other and, Kennedy said, the plan for the future includes curating all tours to feel like this one.

When asked about picking openers, Perdomo had nothing but glowing words for their choices.

“The Band Camino is a great example- they are the future,” he said. Kennedy and Cato chimed in, saying that Microwave are also great friends of theirs.

Both The Band Camino and Microwave were stellar picks to stack this lineup. Memphis four-piece The Band Camino blew me away with a fun and eclectic set that wouldn’t have sounded out of place on the beach or opening for The 1975 (or opening for The 1975…on the beach). These guys had the room moving from the first notes and couldn’t have looked more exuberant if they tried.

Microwave (Photo by Tori Otamas)

Atlanta rockers Microwave provided direct support with a heavier melodic set packed to the brim with emotion. The fans lost their voices to Microwave and were properly ecstatic for The Dangerous Summer.

The evening felt like a celebration — like The Dangerous Summer never left. The band is acutely aware of the chance they have to continue making music. They’ve already discussed making the next record, even with the newest one still fresh in their minds.

“We’re just going to go full-force,” Perdomo said. “I think we want to do it forever.”

The Dangerous Summer’s van was broken into shortly after their Phoenix show. A GoFundMe account was set up to help the band replace gear and personal items. They have recently reached their goal thanks to the amazing support of their fans but the loss was greater than that total. If you are still interested in donating, please visit the page here.