Music Addict: The Summer Set
PWNZ Like: The Bigger Lights, A Rocket to the Moon, the Monster Goes Rawrr, Every Avenue
At fourteen years old, it might be hard to decide what you want to do in life. But for drummer Jess Bowen and bassist Stephen Gomez, it wasn’t a hard decision. With Gomez’s younger brother, guitarist/backing vocalist/keyboardist John Gomez, they founded the band that would eventually become the Summer Set.
Hailing from Scottsdale, Arizona, the band signed to Razor Tie Entertainment after recruiting vocalist Brian Dales and guitarist Josh Montgomery. After a series of EPs, they released their full-length, Love Like This, in 2009. Since the release of Love, the band have been on the road, promoting their dance-inducing power-pop, earning a spot on this year’s Alternative Press Tour and Bamboozle Festival.
Love Like This is a youthful and cocky album, produced by Matt Grabe (VersaEmerge, A Rocket to the Moon, This Century) and Matt Squire (Forever the Sickest Kids, All Time Low, The Maine). The Summer Set’s style of music alternates between wildly fun and hopeless romanticism, all the while writing songs better than band many years their seniors. Dales’ voice is unique, whiny and nasally, high-pitched and suggestive without being over the top or forced. The Summer Set’s guitar-led country-dashed approach is both charming and teasing, providing an easy listen.
In “Punch Drunk Love”, TSS bear a strong resemblace to The Way We Talk-era the Maine, as they describe the qualities of an ideal girl and how Dales easily fall in love with that person. The lyrics are sincere and blunt, carrying the trademark power-pop of the Summer Set and their fun-loving Every Avenue-esque mentality.
The sexy “Young” is a heart-pounding dance floor-ready number about living in the moment. Listening to “Young” is pure bliss. With its seductive beats, it puts Cobra Starship to shame. TSS sound captivating and mysterious, like the Young and Divine, drawing the listener in. “Young” is sweet and dreamy as Dales sings, “As long as I’m breathing, I’ll love you to death.”
Arizona has bred amazing and successful rock bands like the Maine, the Morning Light, and This Century, and the Summer Set won’t be any different. This band definitely deserve a listen because they have dedicated their heart and soul into their music.
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