CONCERT REVIEW: The Dangerous Summer @ Sneaky Dee’s – 08.08.10

The Dangerous Summer

Alternative rock band The Dangerous Summer went on their first headlining tour for summer, playing their debut album “Reach For The Sun” from beginning to end every night. The bill also included The Morning Of and City Lights. Unfortunately, City Lights were unable to pass the border and missed the show, and they missed a damn good crowd.

First of all, it was a sold out show. Second of all, it was at Toronto’s Sneaky Dee’s – an upstairs venue. With a couple hundred people cramped up inside a small room: it was hot, sweaty and intense.

The Morning Of

The Morning Of

The New York sextet The Morning Of features two singers: Jessica Leplon and Justin Wiley. The duo gives the band’s melodies lovely duets. Their sophomore album “The Way I Fell In” was recently released on Tragic Hero Records. The band’s keyboardist and bassist were unable to cross the border due to passport issues.

The band started the set with “I Know You Know”, Jessica’s high pitched vocals drew the breath away from the audience. There were also guys telling her “you are so hot”, making her rather embarrassed but brought a smile on her face. The band tried to compensate with playing the bass and keyboard parts on computer for a full band effect. Unfortunately, there were technical difficulties so the band only played with Rob McCurdy on electric guitar and pulled it off really well. Halfway to the set they started taking requests. The audience requested “Shine”, a heartbreaking duet. The band was reluctant to play since they have never performed without the keyboard. Yet they did not want to disappoint the sold out crowd and gave out an “acoustic” rendition of the song with the crowd singing along.

Known for its honest and passionate lyrics, The Dangerous Summer is a severely underrated band that puts on a show like nothing I have ever seen before. The floor was bouncing as the crowd was jumping and pushing against the small stage along to their inspiring music, it made me wonder if the customers eating downstairs felt anything out of the ordinary dropping from the ceiling…

The Dangerous Summer

The Dangerous Summer

I have seen so many bands claimed Toronto as their favourite city to play, but my cynicism took over and I usually don’t believe. But this show was an eye opener and I definitely believe it this time. Fourth song into the album and the crowd rushed the stage. A blond girl was fist pumping and got pushed on stage. Lead singer AJ Perdomo’s face was shocked but enjoyed it nonetheless. It got crazier and the tall security guard had to step in and ask the fans to step back in the crowd (which was pretty hard considering it was REALLY crowded). After playing “Reach For The Sun” in its entirety, the band played a new song and old song “Disconnect”. The track was possibly the most well known creation from the band, with an easy to remember line like “this time everything is gonna be alright” and proclamations like “so what if my house is just a van and I’m in love/so what if music changed my mind, will it ever change my life?”. The song sums up the dynamic between the soulful performers and music lovers beautifully and resulted in a perfect way to end the lively set.

The Dangerous Summer

Text and photos by Jessie Lau
Translated by Jaime Chuподдержка сайтов спбсделать сайт цена