Posts Tagged ‘The Summer Set’

 

Legendary was released this morning and already it’s being played on repeat.  It’s incredibly catchy—the perfect soundtrack for spring and summer drives with the windows down.
LegendaryTrack List

01. Maybe Tonight

02. Life Goes On (Jukebox)

03. Boomerang

04.Lightning In a Bottle

05.Heart on the Floor (Feat. Dia Frampton)

06. F**k U Over

07.Happy For You

08. The Way We Were

09. 7 Days

10. Someday

11. Rescue

12.  Legendary

13.  One Night (Bonus Track)

The album title just begs a correlation to How I Met Your Mother and if you take a listen to ‘Legendary’ you will not be disappointed.  The Summer Set seems to have a common thread throughout everything they do.  Monsters in beds, the Mona Lisa and James Dean make repeat appearances in The Summer Set’s discography.

One of the catchiest tracks on the album is ‘Lightning In a Bottle.’  The tune has a Katy Perry ‘Teenage Dream’ vibe and will undoubtedly be a crowd favorite on their current tour.  ‘Boomerang’ and ‘F**k U Over’ both rank high on the list of catchiness, which was probably why they were released as singes.

Previous Summer Set albums have been generous with their slower ballad tracks, but it seems as if Legendary is a bit more upbeat.  ‘Heart on the Floor’ is still a ballad, but has strong piano backing and guest vocals by The Voice contestant Dia Frampton.  Songs with ‘ooh ooh’ verses are always the catchiest.

Overall Legendary is a fantastic album—probably the best they’ve ever released.  Pick it up on iTunes and let us know what you think about it!

@storkmusic and @tweerexy

 

 

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This review is going to take a bit of a different route and is more personal than anything Stork Music has ever done. It’s more of an editorial review, which we try to shy away from, but we hope it’s something different that you can relate to.

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For those who aren’t familiar, welcome. I’m Thuy Lan (say it like twee-lawn), editor of Stork Music. For the past three years, All Time Low has played a show on or around the time of my birthday in cities near where I lived. For life up until two years ago, that was Milwaukee. For all those years, I never went because something was always in my way. This year looked like it would be no different.

I made an 1800 mile move across the country from a suburban Wisconsin town to the desert oven of a city, also known as Phoenix. My 20th birthday was approaching, and like clockwork, All Time Low was planning a fall tour.

Alex Gaskarth.  Marquee. Tempe, AZ. Photo credit Kyra Wennersten.

For a while, I’d been contemplating reaching out to All Time Low for some concert coverage, but always stopped myself, worried that Stork didn’t have a wide enough audience to be considered, or that a blog wouldn’t be credible enough for a band that was selling out cross continental tours.  And as every other year, All Time Low was playing a show in Milwaukee the week of my birthday.  But I was in Phoenix.

What was different about this year was an email I received, asking if I would be interested in doing some coverage on some band called All Time Low. I thought maybe this would finally be the year, where I finally got to see All Time Low in concert for my birthday. Three years of missed birthday concerts was coming to an end—in a horribly bittersweet way.

In the car on the way to the Marquee (Tempe, AZ), I knew for some reason this didn’t just feel different, it was different. For the first time in three years, I was letting someone else take the photographs [shout out to my amazing roommate and friend, Kyra Wennersten for her incredible pictures and being my voice of reason at times], and watch the show from the crowd. Since Stork was created two years ago, I had been watching from the pit or from side stage. I hadn’t realized how much of a dissonance there had been between actually experiencing a concert and covering it for the site.  Standing near the back of the crowd, I heard countless screams and gossip about the bands that were playing, and that was when I knew.  I had grown up.  Kids were talking about how their parents were going to pick them up after the show and how they hadn’t done their American history projects yet.  Some were exploiting their freedom to spew profanity without parental disdain as a consequence, shouting things like “OH MY GOD, I’m so GOD DAMN excited for this F**KING BAND to play my favorite F**KING SONG like F**KING EVER, you guys F**K.”

Jack Barakat. Marquee. Tempe, AZ. Photo credit Kyra Wennersten.

Seeing Hit The Lights brought back memories of my first Warped Tour, and hearing The Summer Set’s signature line about monsters in beds had me reminiscing of the AP Tour.  When All Time Low took the stage amidst deafening screams and a rhythmic cult-like “All-Time-Low” chant, I knew it would be my last show as a teenager.

Anyone who has ever seen All Time Low perform live knows that it’s high energy, fun, and wildly inappropriate.  They put on one of the most visually appealing shows with coordinated lighting—Peter Pan green for ‘Somewhere In Neverland’ and Ravens purple during ‘For Baltimore.’  Fun banter between front man Alex Gaskarth and guitarist Jack Barakat always evokes screams, whether the conversation is about Alex getting frisky with drummer Rian Dawson’s mom, or how sexy the band members are.

ATL played a handful of classic hits like ‘Dear Maria, Count Me In,’ ‘Poppin’ Champagne,’ ‘Remembering Sunday’ and ‘Jasey Rae.’  But it was their new track off Don’t Panic that got to me.  ‘Somewhere In Neverland’ sparked a train of thought—I’d been like Peter Pan.  I didn’t want to grow up.  But it didn’t really matter what I wanted, I knew from that moment it was inevitable.  What I also knew that from the genuine smiles on the face of every member on stage was that they were happy, doing exactly what they wanted.  I knew that I wanted what they had.  I’m doing that right now with Stork Music (though I’m not getting paid for it, boo) and I hope that in growing up, I’ll find that I can do what I love.

Alex Gaskarth, Zack Merrick. Marquee. Tempe, AZ. Photo credit Kyra Wennersten.

Seeing All Time Low then and now, I have watched them progress and grow into a band that’s matured lyrically and instrumentally and they continually put their all into every album and every show they play.  When I think of a band that defined my adolescence and growing up, it won’t be the Backstreet Boys or *Nsync.  Looking back, it will always be ATL—crying over boys while ‘Therapy’ played through my earphones, dancing to ‘Damned If I Do Ya’ in my room and watching almost every classic Disney movie after listening to ‘Somewhere in Neverland.’  I can safely say that All Time Low put on an amazing show, like they always do.

Thank you all for your support of Stork Music.  Please feel free to contact me with any comments or questions at all.

Love,

Thuy Lan

So to all of you who are saddened by the end of Warped Tour, good news!  Former and current Warped Tour bands All Time Low, The Summer Set, The Downtown Fiction and Hit The Lights are embarking on a tour sure to draw allllll the ladies out in droves probably waving bras and marriage proposals this fall.  The tour will probably also attract jealous boyfriends of said bra-weilding, screaming ladies and closet fans who pretend they were dragged along. It’s OKAY to be in love with all of them…Right?  The All Time Low has a Hustler club presale with a CD preorder. Check out the dates and try to contain your excitement when you see they’re coming to your town.

Fri Oct 12 **                        Sayreville, NJ                                    Starland Ballroom

Sat Oct 13 **                       Rochester, NY                                  Water Street Music Hall

Sun Oct 14 **                      Cincinnati, OH                                   Bogart’s

Mon Oct 15                         Cleveland, OH                                   House of Blues

Tue Oct 16                          Chicago, IL                                        House of Blues

Wed Oct 17                        Detroit, MI                                           St. Andrews Hall

Sun Oct 21                         Milwaukee, WI                                    The Rave

Mon Oct 22                        Minneapolis, MN                                 First Avenue

Tue Oct 23                         Omaha, NE                                        Slowdown

Wed Oct 24                        Denver, CO                                       Summit Music Hall

Fri Oct 26                           Boise, ID                                            Knitting Factory

Sat Oct 27                          Portland, OR                                     Hawthorne Theatre

Sun Oct 28                         Seattle, WA                                       El Corazon

Tue Oct 30                         San Francisco, CA                           The Fillmore

Wed Oct 31                        West Hollywood, CA                        House of Blues

Thu Nov 1                           San Diego, CA                                 House of Blues

Fri Nov 2                             Anaheim, CA                                    House of Blues

Sat Nov 3                            Las Vegas, NV                                 House of Blues

Sun Nov 4                           Tempe, AZ                                       The Marquee

Tue Nov 6                           Houston, TX                                     House of Blues

Wed Nov 7                          Dallas, TX                                        House of Blues

Fri Nov 9                             Jacksonville, FL                               Freebird Live

Sat Nov 10                         Ft. Lauderdale, FL                             Revolution

Sun Nov 11                        Lake Buena Vista, FL                       House of Blues

Tues Nov 13                       Atlanta, GA                                      The Masquerade

Wed Nov 14                       Carrboro, NC                                   Cat’s Cradle

Thu Nov 15                        Norfolk, VA                                      The Norva

Fri Nov 16                          Allentown, PA                                  Crocodile Rock Café

Sat Nov 17                        Philadelphia, PA                               Theatre of the Living Arts

Sun Nov 18                       New York, NY                                  Irving Plaza

Tues Nov 20                     Hartford, CT                                     Webster Theater

Wed Nov 21                      Boston, MA                                      Paradise Rock Club

Fri Nov 23                         Baltimore, MD                                  Rams Head Live

  **Means The Early November will be filling in for The Summer Set.

Grab your tickets soon, and we’ll see you there, loves!  Don’t go too crazy.

Arizona band, RadioDriveBy, played a show at The Fixx this past Saturday, pleasing a bevy of RDB fans with their free concert.  The band is playing an EP release show this coming weekend at The Martini Ranch with This Century, Austin Gibbs and Sweettalker.

Big thanks to our friend Kyra for taking wonderful photos for us, make sure to check out some of her photos!

If you haven’t checked out this band before, make sure you do!  If you like other big Arizona talents like The Maine and The Summer Set, you’ll probably love these guys too.

Pick up a copy of their new EP when it drops and make sure to look them up on iTunes, like them on Facebook and follow them on Twitter!

Do you have any other bands you think we should cover on our site? Send us an email or tweet us!

~T