PureVolume

 
Next »
 
 

Summerlin

Just added our video for Our upcoming Single!

 
       

Genres: Punk / Pop Punk / Rock

Location: Leeds, United Kingdom

Stats: 2,711 fans / 118,485 plays / 0 plays today

   
 
 

0:00

Album:

Artist:

 
 
 









Life’s a bitch, but it’s really the moment when we give up, shelve our dreams and harden our hearts that we truly die. For the members of rising pop-punk quartet Summerlin, that’s no way to “live,” and the band’s upcoming full-length debut, You Can’t Burn Out If You’re Not On Fire, is a rallying cry for anyone who dreams of escaping their dreaded daily grind, and boldly shouting their true intentions to the world.

Summerlin are making good on their pact: The Leeds (Yorkshire), England-based band are only in their early 20s, and still work day jobs when not touring, but this new record may be the final step toward leaving it all behind. Based on the album’s message, it’s a kind of self-fulfilling prophecy, driven by Summerlin’s unwavering determination to not only succeed, but to also do it on their own creative terms.

“Growing up, you’re young, you enjoy life, you don’t really think about or do much, but you get a little older and you start to realize what the world is really about and the negativities that go with it” says singer/guitarist Drew Lawson. “Growing up’s definitely one of the themes…the record is about responsibility, and how you just strive for things. A lot of it is about finding yourself.”

Summerlin formed in late 2008, when members of various Yorkshire bands began looking for something musically different, and gravitated toward classic pop-punk like Blink-182, New Found Glory and the Offspring. The band began writing material with a sound that combined pop-punk with the harder elements they also loved. The early growing pains and lineup changes ensued, but by summer 2009 the band unveiled an EP, So Make Your Move. Early tours began in the U.K. and Europe, climaxing with an appearance at the 2011 Slam Dunk Festival, alongside the likes of Less Than Jake, The Starting Line, Goldfinger, Anti-Flag and Set Your Goals.

All the while, Summerlin were developing a clearer picture of the band they wanted to become. Lawson took on the role of DIY producer/engineer, tracking all of the group’s early and ongoing demos, and eventually the role became semi-permanent. Rather than risk having an outside party potentially water-down the band’s sonic essence, Lawson opted to self-produce You Can’t Burn Out If You’re Not On Fire. The result is a clear impression of Summerlin’s diverse take on pop-punk and post-hardcore, fusing unforgettable melodies with pulsing breakdowns and shreddy harmonized guitar licks. Not bad considering they tracked in a Yorkshire council house, much to the ire of neighbours.

“It’s something I’ve always done, because I normally track most of the demos we do anyway,” says Lawson of his role at the console board. “We just got sick to death of going to studios where they didn’t do what we wanted to. We got together and decided if we put enough into it, we could do it ourselves. It was just that nobody got what we were trying to go for, and at the same time, we knew what we wanted.”

For the final piece of the puzzle, Summerlin tapped the legendary Pelle Henricsson (Refused, Entombed, In Flames) to mix and master the completed tracks. Sequestered in Henricsson’s Tonteknik studio in Umeå, Sweden, the band had the rare opportunity to pick the brain of an industry icon, who’s produced some of the most important recordings in punk-rock, metal and hardcore. As is his trademark, Henricsson was vital to further preserving the grit Summerlin wanted to retain in their music.

“He’s a guy I always wanted to work with, even before this band. He did records I love—basically every Swedish punk band I was into when I was younger,” explains Lawson. “We didn’t want to go with somebody who would end up thinking we were just a pop band. I wanted somebody who doesn’t really know necessarily what our genre is, but knows how to capture rawness, and at the same time get great melodies. It was mainly about just getting raw and aggressive, but keeping our melodies intact.”

Borrowing a famous quote from Doors frontman Jim Morrison, the title You Can’t Burn Out If You’re Not On Fire succinctly summarizes the heart of the record—you’ll never risk a glorious downfall if you haven’t ever soared. Kicking in hard and fast with opening cut “Let It Go,” the album projects a consistent message of hope, tempered with the ugliness of daily reality our protagonists must overcome.

“’Let It Go,’ is basically about alienation and loved ones leaving you because of it,” shares Roo Buxton, the group’s guitarist .“It’s describing how someone feels: They just want to sleep to stop negativity in their heads, and depression. It’s weird, because it’s a really uplifting song—a really major based song—but the lyrics are quite dark within it. It describes how anything would be done to sleep and escape the situation.”

The track “Sink Or Swim” continues the theme further, this time focusing on the pivotal decision every musician must make when faced with embracing music as a lifestyle and career, or clinging to anchors like jobs, homes and girlfriends. Summerlin went through multiple lineup changes since their inception precisely due to such issues, and the band couldn’t help but channel their frustrations into the lyrics.

“ ‘Sink or Swim is about, in a broad sense, taking the plunge and fully committing into what you want to do. It’s about taking that leap and committing to something, and what happens, happens,” says bassist Benjamin Jackson. “The song’s really about an ex-member who didn’t want to, so we wrote the song while he was actually in the band. He didn’t really know all the lyrics were about him while he sat across the room.”

The departure of one of those former band mates was the impetus behind Lawson picking up the guitar full-time. Re-organized as a four-piece, the ex-quintet is now tighter live, and closer as friends, than they’ve ever been. With the four of us now, it’s solidified; we’re on the same wavelength. We’re like a band of brothers.”

With You Can’t Burn Out If You’re Not On Fire targeted for a spring release, Summerlin are gearing up for what promises to be a hectic, exhilarating year. Extensive touring is expected behind the release, starting initially within the band’s U.K. backyard and neighboring Europe, before moving on to total global domination and adoration. Whatever the result, Summerlin are having the times of their lives, finally, making music that deeply means something to the members. It sure beats the hell out of punching a clock, provided music fans see past the various flavors of the week, and continue to support bands with genuine integrity and something valuable to say. If so, Summerlin’s gamble will pay out handsomely, and there’s plenty more to come.

“The overly trendy stuff just doesn’t last, but we still have to win over people, I suppose,” says Lawson. “We’re not trying to make something that’s trendy; as cliché as it sounds, we’re just playing music that we love to play. It’s our debut album, so first we’ll be touring back home with this, but then hopefully we’ll be hitting the U.S. and Japan next. We’re just going to tour the hell out of You Can’t Burn Out, and then get on with the next record.”

###




 

  • Anica said:
    Hey,You should give " Like Giants" a chance and check them out. Amazing music, & Amazing guys! Click Like, and tell me what you think. Pass the word, and tell your friends about them. thanks XOXO http://www.facebook.com/likegiantsmusic Nov 27
  • Destiales♥ said:
    Dissapointed in the acoustic version of Between Seas and Lovers. It's just the regular vocals and acoustic guitar... Jul 17
  • Silverfang2340 said:
    I love you guys May 11
  • James Fraser said:
    Hey my name is James. I thought you might like my band called 'The Symptoms.' We're an Indie-Rock band from Lexington MA. Drawing influence from modern bands like The National, Wilco, Explosions in the Sky, MGMT, and Death Cab for Cutie, they utilize varying forms of instrumentation and production to sculpt a unique sound. Check us out at www.purevolume.com/thesymptomslexington or alternatively purchase it on iTunes at http://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/the-symptoms/id431307071?ign-mpt=uo%3D4. Thanks! Apr 23
  • vanessa kayo said:
    i love you Feb 19
  • Josh Bonanno said:
    check out my band please? http://www.purevolume.com/OceansView Jan 01
  • Destiales♥ said:
    You guys need to go pro, like NOW. Dec 08
  • KateKatastrophe said:
    cannot wait for december. :D:D love you guys xxxx Oct 21
  • Nath Nightmare said:
    it was amazing seing you guys in birmingham and meeting you after the show ^^, i cant wait to see you guys again in december it will be a perfect way to finnish the year off seing such a amazing band n_n Oct 17
  • Taylor May Smith said:
    amazing guys. Jul 24
  • Okifoshoki said:
    love your songs, it's tight Jul 21
  • you cant promise to live tomorrow so promise to live today..... ftf said:
    still Jul 05
  • Jess Brock said:
    freaking amazing(: Jul 04
  • Ijhrael Of [Shock At Summer] said:
    Hello Friends !! Download the free song on http://www.purevolume.com/ShockAtSummer Regards .. and enjoy it Jun 18
  • putramomo73@yahoo.com said:
    nice . . ;) do the best .. Jun 17
  •  
 
 
 
Advertisement
 

milkyglow

London, United Kingdom

emma

Sheffield, United Kingdom

Anthony

Fayetteville, NC

Lovelyy

United States

Deboraah Macpherson

Glasgow, United Kingdom

Silverfang2340

Phila, PA

view all 2,711 fans