Their first release as an independent band is here.
After dripfeeding a string of singles, The Dangerous Summer have now released 'All That's Left Of The Blue Sky', their first release since going independent.
Six tracks in length and brimming with innovation and emotion, it's a snapshot of a band at their most free and focused. It's the sort of release that focuses on the simpler things in life and serves as a reminder that those are the things that make life worth living.
Basically, just have a listen:
The band have release three equally beautiful videos for tracks off the record. They look like this:
We spoke to vocalist AJ Perdomo earlier this year all about the band in 2020 and how they were setting about making new music. You can read the full interview HERE but here's a little snippet:
First and foremost, how does it feel to be an independent band?
“It is crazy to be sitting here after all this time you know? So when we got back together after that four-year hiatus we had and after all the member changes and stuff, we wrote our Self-Titled album in 2017. To be able to come back and continue to do exactly what I loved, it had felt like I was really holding out on a really important part of my life. It brought so much creativity out of me that had been pent up. It felt like I had reignited that love of music again. When something is taken away from you, you really start to value it. So we came back strong and we just kept on writing albums. So after the self-titled, ‘Mother Nature’ came out in June last year and we started getting this crazy idea in our heads. We want to do one album or one release a year. This year it’s going to be an EP, and that’s what we’ve slowly been releasing the songs from now. The way the world consumes music is so different. You need to feed the machine and we have enough spark to keep us going.”
So after ‘Mother Nature’, were you at the end of your contract with Hopeless?
“Yeah that’s basically it. Hopeless offered us a new contract and we shopped around a little bit as well. We got a few really cool offers but it got to a point where I was getting all of these calls and having these conversations and I just felt miserable. I hate talking about this sort of shit. This is what makes me fucking hate music. So out of my anger I just said, ‘Let’s release this stuff ourselves. Screw all this shit’. Then we can go at our pace, release things whenever we want and do whatever the fuck we want. Also I’ve always wanted to release some shit on the side of The Dangerous Summer, but I wasn’t allowed to. I just didn’t want to be owned anymore.”
Well it’s over a decade of working within those parameters, so it’s only natural that when you get the chance you want to try things differently…
“There’s also this weird energy in the industry where you almost get scared of this Illuminati type thing. Like, if I go off by myself then will everything around me go away? Are there powers that will stop you from getting to where you want to be? There’s all this inclusion inside the scene, which was the scariest part about stepping away. Do we lose that Illuminati? But when we finally did it I thought, ‘Wow if I can do this then I can do anything’.
"It steamrolled from there where we’re able to just come up with crazy ideas and do things on a whim. We’re trying a new model now, where every single song has its own moment. The industry has its own model. But we see a change every single day. The most innovative of artists are the ones who come out with different shit to try and engage with our fans. And that’s what we have learned. It’s all about our fans and us.”
At the end of the day, it’s always going to be about the fans isn’t it?
“Absolutely, and it feels so special to be accepted for our new music in this way. All of our fans are very on board with everything we are doing now and we’re really lucky to have that. With us being a band who are always trying to grow and change, for them to come along with us and respecting our decisions and still singing along at the shows just feels amazing. To still be here after all these years, I’m a lucky motherfucker.”