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LIVE! – The Dangerous Summer

May 3, 2010 by  

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LIVE! – The Dangerous Summer

ARTIST: The Dangerous Summer
SUPPORT: Anarbor
VENUE, TOWN: Academy 3, Manchester
DATE: 01/05/10

FIVE WORD REVIEW: Punky Pop-Rock ‘n’ Big Guitars!

MAIN REVIEW: First on the bill tonight is Phoenix Arizona’s pop punk outfit Anarbor. Following the release of their debut album ‘The Words You Don’t Swallow’ on April 20th (Hopeless Records) Anarbor’s set is full of melody and perfectly crafted pop-rock choruses. The quartet’s live sound is much heavier than on their album, produced by Mike Green (Paramour) and all the better for it. It’s great to see the raw product, unfiltered in a live situation. The wall-of-guitars approach suits the songs well, especially in this imtimate setting. Lead vocalist Slade Eceverria has seemingly endless reserves of energy and is eminently watchable as a front man, foot on monitor and all! Too many American bands come to the UK as relative unknowns and hide behind a façade of detached rockstar cool, so here it’s refreshing to see somebody working hard to interact with an audience. Indeed it is the charisma of Eceverria that will make Anarbor stand out from the pack.

The Dangerous Summer kick off their set with album opener, ‘Where I Want To Be’ a hook filled, steamroller of a track that sets the tone well for the rest of the gig. Lead singer and bassist AJ Perdomo has a strong, raw vocal, best showcased when accompanied by guitarist Cody Payne’s harmonies. The Dangerous Summer’s live blueprint is simple. They stick to the tried and tested pop punk formula of angst ridden lyrics and power chords, not terribly original but it works when done properly. When Perdomo belts out “Would you believe in my songs if I gave them all to you” on crowd favourite ‘Weathered’ he is met with enthusiastic faces singing back at him, arms aloft. This would seem to be the favoured method of appreciation shown to TDS’s particular brand of anthemic song writing, continuing as it does throughout the remainder of the set. With a live sound landing somewhere between Jimmy Eat World and Third Eye Blind (with a smattering of U2 style delay pedals thrown in for good measure) The Dangerous Summer will certainly find an audience here in the UK to match their US fanbase.

– John Morgan



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