Monday means BandsOnBands, and we’re excited to be posting the new PropertyOfZack features today with Noah Mullinax of Random Holiday. The band recently released Space To Grow, so make sure to download it here.
In this week’s feature, Noah talks about his love for The Dangerous Summer. Even though the bands do not stylistically sound similar, TDS have had a large influence on Random Holiday’s love for music, writing, and much more. Listen to songs by The Dangerous Summer here and check out what Noah had to say about one of his biggest influences below!
From Noah Mullinax of Random Holiday:
We sound nothing like The Dangerous Summer, but if you were to ask me to list acts that influence my songwriting I would quickly mention their name. They are nowhere near a punk or pop punk band yet there is something about their songwriting and overall sound that captivates me in a way that no other band does. Reach for the Sun is hands down my favorite record of all time; the level of the writing that record exhibits is something I wish, one day, the music I create can match.
Its funny thinking back to the first time I heard them which was about four years ago. We were just starting to get our feet on the ground as a band starting to slowly understand how everything works. I was 14 years old and it was my freshman year of high school. We got hit up to play some festival and The Dangerous Summer was the biggest name on the flyer, so I figured I would check them out. I listened to the songs on their myspace and initially they didn’t appeal to me too much. I listened to Where I Want To Be and bobbed my head but it was nothing more than that. I remember rolling up to the show in with our parents driving (none of us were old enough to have our license at this time) and seeing the vans, the trailers, and the tight pants in a type of euphoric haze thinking “I don’t know what this is about but I’m excited to be a part of it”. Anyways, one of those vans belonged to The Dangerous Summer and after that show I began to listen to them more frequently until their record eventually became the background music to the next four years of my life.
I vividly remember sitting down and listening to Reach for the Sun a couple days after that show and being completely overwhelmed — I could listen to the words being strained and immediately know where that song came from emotionally. Lyrically, The Dangerous Summer wears their heart on their sleeve and that’s an aspect of their music I try to embody when writing myself. I could tell that the themes of their songs were authentic. The music was earnest and real and those are two things that I think get overlooked sometimes.