While bands like The Wonder Years and The Story So Far have been peddling their pop-punky wares very much in the bright lights of the mainstream, The Dangerous Summer have been bubbling under the surface for some time now and it really does boggle the mind that they’ve not risen to a similar level.
That could all be about to change, however, with new effort ‘Golden Record’ doing more than just living up to its name, packing their trademark blend of introspective catchiness into its most refined form to date. It’ll all be pretty familiar stuff for long time fans, then, but one thing you might not expect is just how big the whole thing sounds.
Though typically understated, TDS sound absolutely huge here at times, somehow achieving a perfect balance between sounding endearingly raw and being slick enough for the radio. Make no mistake, though, this is still very much the same band and, seemingly upgraded production budget or not, they’re as relatable as ever, with AJ Pedermo playing to his greatest strength once more to provide us with some of the most blissfully down to earth lyrics you’ll hear this year.
Somewhat unfortunately however, in terms of the actual songwriting, the whole thing can feel a bit samey and, if you don’t like lead single, ‘Catholic Girls’, then you can probably move on and accept that you won’t like the rest of the record. A change of pace here or there definitely wouldn’t go amiss. Luckily though, these guys are supremely good at what they do, so it’s not too hard to forgive them on this one.
Written by Ryan De Freitas