The Dangerous Summer (band)

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The Dangerous Summer
OriginEllicott City, Maryland, United States
GenresAlternative rock, emo,[1] pop punk
Years active2006–2014, 2017–present
LabelsHopeless Records
WebsiteOfficial website
MembersAJ Perdomo
Matt Kennedy
Ben Cato
Past membersCody Payne
Bryan Czap
Tyler Minsberg

The Dangerous Summer is an American rock band from Ellicott City, Maryland, United States.


The band formed in the summer of 2006 to write their first EP, There Is No Such Thing as Science, which drew the attention of Hopeless Records and other labels in 2007. They signed with Hopeless Records within eight months (in April 2007) of starting the band during their senior year of high school. They then re-released their debut EP under a new name, If You Could Only Keep Me Alive, with new songs included.[2]

Over the years the band has sold over 60,000 albums and over 300,000 singles.[citation needed]

In April 2009, the band played The Bamboozle.

The band's debut studio album, Reach for the Sun, was released on May 5, 2009, and reached number 42 on the Billboard Heatseekers chart.[3]

The band's name is taken from the book of the same name. The band has stated influences from Third Eye Blind, Bright Eyes, U2, Phil Collins, Explosions in the Sky, Jimmy Eat World, and Andrew McMahon.[4]

Their song "The Permanent Rain" was used in a trailer for the 2009 movie Love Happens, starring Jennifer Aniston and Aaron Eckhart.

An acoustic version of Reach for the Sun was digitally released on March 15, 2011.[5]

The band's second album, War Paint, was released July 19, 2011.[6] It reached 149 on the Billboard 200 on August 6, 2011 in its only week on the chart.[7]

They played on the Warped Tour 2011 on the Nintendo 3DS stage.

The band finished their third album on February 26.[8] They also began filming a documentary about themselves and are unsure of its release date. The album, Golden Record, was released on August 6, 2013. The first single, "Catholic Girls", was released on iTunes with an accompanying music video on June 4, 2013. In September 2013, AJ Perdomo left the band, citing Cody Payne as the driving force behind the decision.[citation needed]

In February 2017, Cody Payne was sentenced to a year in prison after being charged with a felony burglary conviction.[citation needed] In July 2017, the band's Twitter account was wiped clean of all tweets and the profile picture and cover photo changed to static. On July 8, 2017, the band uploaded a video that read "Hello",[9] followed the next day by a video hinting at an announcement on July 10.[10] Additionally, Cody Payne posted on Facebook that the band would be reuniting without him.[11]

On October 19, 2017, The Dangerous Summer announced their next album The Dangerous Summer, which was released on January 26, 2018, alongside a new single titled "Fire" from the upcoming album.

On February 19, 2019, the single "Where Were You When The Sky Opened Up" was released. The band's sixth album, Mother Nature, was released on June 14, 2019.


Current line-up[edit]

  • AJ Perdomo – lead vocals/songwriter, bass guitar, (2006–2014, 2017–present)
  • Matt Kennedy – lead guitar, backing vocals (2012–2014, 2017–present)
  • Ben Cato – drums (2012–2014, 2017–present)

Previous members[edit]

  • Cody Payne – rhythm guitar, backing vocals (2006–2014)
  • Bryan Czap – lead guitar (2006–2012[12])
  • Tyler Minsberg – drums, percussion (2006–2010,[13] 2011)[14]

Touring members[edit]

  • Doug Rogells – drums, percussion (Feb UK Tour)
  • Kyle Jordan Mueller – drums, percussion (March 2011 US Tour, War Paint Tour 2012)
  • Chris Kamrada – drums, percussion (Europe and UK Tour 2012)
  • Alex Garcia - guitar (2018)
  • Josh Withenshaw - guitar (2018-2019)



Studio albums[edit]


  • There Is No Such Thing as Science (2007)
  • If You Could Only Keep Me Alive (Hopeless Records, 2007)


  • Live in Baltimore (Hopeless Records, 2010)


Tour name Participating bands Location Dates
The Dangerous Summer, The Morning Light  United States 22 June – 30 June 2007
Holiday Parade Summer 2007 Holiday Parade, The Dangerous Summer  United States 17 July – 19 July, 1 August – 6 August 2007
Warped Tour 2007 Kevin Says Stage: The Dangerous Summer, My American Heart and more  United States 20 July – 23 July 2007
The Dangerous Summer, Between the Trees, 1997  United States 21 August – 10 September 2007
The Dangerous Summer / Mercy Mercedes The Dangerous Summer, Mercy Mercedes, Between the Trees, Single File  United States 10 November – 24 November 2009
Mayday Parade 2009 Tour Mayday Parade, There for Tomorrow, The Dangerous Summer  United States 27 November – 17 December 2010
Revolutions and Resolutions Tour The Audition, The Dangerous Summer, Sparks the Rescue  United States 20 January – 19 February 2010
Give It a Name Introduces UK Tour 2010 The Swellers, Anarbor, The Dangerous Summer, The Wild, Rio  United Kingdom 26 April – 6 May 2010
East Coast 2010 The Dangerous Summer  United States 14 May – 12 June 2010
Reach for the Sun Tour The Dangerous Summer, The Morning Of, Go Radio, Action Item, City Lights, Places and Numbers  United States 9 July – 16 August 2010
The Dangerous Summer, Sherwood, Soletta  United States 27 August – 19 September 2010
Vultures Unite Tour VersaEmerge, Anarbor, The Dangerous Summer, Conditions  Canada  United States 21 October – 22 November 2010
Francesqa UK Tour Francesqa, The Dangerous Summer  United Kingdom 11 February – 27 February 2011
2011 American Tour The Dangerous Summer, The Graduate, Sparks the Rescue  United States Spring 2011
Vans Warped Tour 2011 Nintendo 3DS Stage: The Dangerous Summer, The Wonder Years, Moving Mountains, Go Radio and more  Canada  United States 24 June – 14 August 2011
War Paint Tour The Dangerous Summer, Weatherbox, Ten Second Epic  Canada  United States 1 February – 23 February, 13 March – 14 April 2012
Soundwave 2012 System of a Down, Slipknot, Limp Bizkit, Marilyn Manson, Dashboard Confessional, The Cab, The Dangerous Summer and more  Australia 25 February – 3 March 2012
The TerminaTour Ten Second Epic, Brighter Brightest, The Dangerous Summer  Canada 21 March – 14 April 2012
Fools and Worthless Liars Tour Deaf Havana, The Swellers, The Dangerous Summer  United Kingdom 18 April – 27 April 2012
There's No Place Like Home Tour Tonight Alive, The Dangerous Summer  Australia 17 May – 2 June 2012
War Paint Tour The Dangerous Summer, From Indian Lakes, New Empire  United States July 2012
Lower Than Atlantis UK Tour Lower Than Atlantis, Don Broco, The Dangerous Summer, Gnarwolves  United Kingdom 1 October – 11 October 2012
Holiday Tour The Dangerous Summer, Young Statues, Young London  United States 30 November – 20 December 2012
Spring 2013 The Dangerous Summer  United States March 2013
Golden Record US Tour The Dangerous Summer, Tommy & The High Pilots, Rare Monk, Breaking Laces  United States 30 July – 14 September 2013
Golden Record UK Tour The Dangerous Summer  United Kingdom 25 September – 3 October 2013

Since 2006, The Dangerous Summer have toured over 800 shows in America, Canada, Australia, UK and Europe. The Band has played festivals like Download Festival (UK), Soundwave Festival (Australia), Slam Dunk Festival (UK), Bamboozle (USA) they have played the Vans Warped Tour multiple years and supported acts like All Time Low, Dance Gavin Dance, Straylight Run, Deaf Havana.

The band did their first headline tour in Summer of 2010 called the "Reach For The Sun Tour" with supporting acts, Go Radio, The Morning Of, Places and Numbers, and sold out dates in New York City, Toronto, Philadelphia and Vienna, VA. Since then the band has done multiple headline tours and one-offs in America, Canada and Europe.

Three headlining US tours took place during the War Paint cycle: February–March with Weatherbox, July–August with From Indian Lakes and New Empire and a holiday tour with Young London and Young Statues.


  1. ^ "The Dangerous Summer".
  2. ^ "".
  3. ^ Charts, Allmusic
  4. ^ "The Dangerous Summer".
  5. ^ "The Dangerous Summer stream acoustic record". Alternative Press. 2011-03-15. Retrieved 2011-07-23.
  6. ^ "The Dangerous Summer Announce Their New Album, WAR PAINT". Hopeless Records. 2011-06-08. Retrieved 2011-07-23.
  7. ^ "War Paint - The Dangerous Summer". Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 29 July 2012.
  8. ^ "Twitter / @dangeroussummer: New album is finished". Twitter. 2013-02-26.
  9. ^ "The Dangerous Summer Twitter". Retrieved 9 July 2017.
  10. ^ "The Dangerous Summer". Retrieved 9 July 2017.
  11. ^ "Cody Michael Payne Facebook". Retrieved 10 July 2017.
  12. ^ Brian Kraus (29 September 2012). "The Dangerous Summer part ways with guitarist Bryan Czap". Alternative Press.
  13. ^ Tim Karan (3 January 2011). "The Dangerous Summer drummer leaves band". Alternative Press.
  14. ^ Zack Zarillo (19 December 2011). "The Dangerous Summer Update Status on Drummer". Property of Zack.

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