Friday 1st April 2016
Benji Adams – Guitar, Vocals and Programming
Kit Parker – Bass and Backing Vocals
Ben Reynard – Drums and Backing Vocals
2. I’m A Wreck
3. There’s Only Chemistry Here
4. Burn It Down
6. Sound of the Crowd
My first introduction to Summer City was back in 2012 through the Spotify shuffle recommendation feature, where I first heard “We Were on a Break” and I instantly wanted to know more about the band. A quick search told me the band had already been picked up by the BBC Introducing network, and Mark Hoppus of Blink 182 was quoted saying that their single was “one of his favourite songs of all time.”
You can check out my interview with Summer City for The Jitty here.
Since I chatted with the band 4 years ago, their line-up has slimmed down slightly after the departure of Alex Gath-Walker, but they have continued touring, writing and releasing music as a 3-piece, and in 2016 we’re treated to their fresh new EP release “Reprobates.”
It’s clear from the start how much the band has grown musically over the years. They’ve been linked to artists such as My Chemical Romance, Knife Party, Taking Back Sunday, and I’m even hearing elements of New Found Glory and a touch of Jimmy Eat World. Think early 2000’s pop-punk, and that’s exactly where this EP takes you.
Personal favourites from the EP include “Signals”, “I’m A Wreck”, and “Burn It Down”, but as far as smaller releases go, this would easily sit nicely with some of their previous material to form a great album. Here’s hoping that this EP is paving the way for something bigger in the future.
The band have just released a video for their single “I’m A Wreck”, which is the first release from their EP, and will be available to download from the 22nd April.
“I’m A Wreck is about feeling haunted by your own thoughts and fears, so it made sense for us to film the video in a haunted house setting. It’s based around the idea that the scariest monsters are the ones we create for ourselves, because they’re the ones that are hardest to escape from.”
Summer City are taking their EP out on tour during April and May, so I’d highly recommend catching these guys at a show. If you fancy listening to some previous material, then you can currently still get a free download of their previous EP “Six Good Rejects” through their website.
27th April – Manchester, Factory
28th April – York, Fulford
29th April – Newcastle, Space Bar
30th April – Leeds, Eiger Studios
1 May – Stoke, Underground
2 May – London, Nambucca
Tickets for the “Reprobates Tour” can be purchased here.