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On Our Stereo: The Dangerous Summer - Reach For The Sun

Nearly a year after its US release and its UK release approaching, along with the bands first UK shows imminent, we thought it'd be the ideal time to feature The Dangerous Summer's debut album 'Reach For The Sun'.

The young Maryland quartet bring about a refreshing and motivating approach to the pop-rock genre, as 'Reach For The Sun' from start to finish makes you feel good. Tracks like 'Where You Want To Be', 'Settle Down' and 'Symmetry' are upbeat with a youthful tone that hints lyrical maturity; partly introspective and partly escapist, as you get the feel that AJ Perdomo and company want to elsewhere.

Throughout the bands energy is radiant and bright (see 'Surfaced' and 'The Permanent Rain'). Elsewhere the bands influences are clear; The Starting Line ('This Is War') and Jimmy Eat World ('Never Feel Alone') are just two bands that come to mind whilst listening to 'Reach For The Sun'. Although the albums polished production (courtesy of Paul Leavitt) and overall buoyant delivery of the band, adds an extra element that gives it a near-perfect sound.

It is this sound that will have you listening to this record again and again, as overall it has strong songs that are thriving and are positive, something which The Dangerous Summer have bucket loads off, despite their past troubles which are evident here in Perdomo's lyrics; especially see 'Weathered'. A worthy contender for the pop-rock crown, for a band that holds a lot of hope for the future.

'Reach For The Sun' by The Dangerous Summer available now on Hopeless Records.

The Dangerous Summer on MySpace, Twitter and Facebook.

The Dangerous Summer will be on the Give It A Name Introduces Tour with The Swellers, Anarbor and Rio & The Wild.

26th - Stoke Sugarmill
27th - Birmingham O2 Academy 2
28th - Bristol O2 Academy 2
29th - Cardiff Club Ifor Bach
30th - Liverpool O2 Academy 2
1st - Manchester Academy 3
2nd - Glasgow King Tuts
3rd - Newcastle O2 Academy
4th - Civic Bar, Wolverhampton
6th - Kings College, London

Sean Reid

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