Wednesday, June 23, 2010

RawkBlog Premieres "Hungry Bees" premieres another new track from our upcoming Origami Vinyl released record today! They have graciously offered it as a free download, so go check it out. And don't forget, RawkBlog is presenting our album release show Monday, July 5th at Spaceland.

Residency Warm Up Show Announced

Summer Darling will be playing in San Diego, Saturday July 3rd with Writer and Lights On at the Tin Can as a warm up show for our Monday July Residency at Spaceland. The show is to celebrate the release of the new Lights On record Here Comes The Ocean. Tickets are still available and can be purchased at the door. Show starts at 9pm. Tin Can Alehouse is located at 1863 5th Ave in the Banker Hill neighborhood of downtown San Diego, 92101.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

RawkBlog To Present Album Release Party

The first night of our residency is also the release party for our new record! presents Summer Darling with Future Ghost, Twilight Sleep and CA Condors. More line ups to be announced soon.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Tour Dates Posted

We've updated our tour itinerary on the right side of this page which includes stops in Long Beach, Los Angeles, Santa Cruz, San Jose, and Sacramento. More dates to come in the near future. We'll keep you posted!

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

For Immediate Release


LOS ANGELES, June 9, 2010 — Walking the line of pop music and aggressive experimentation, Silver Lake-based indie rockers Summer Darling’s eponymous debut full-length album will be released July 6 on Origami Vinyl. Marking the inaugural vinyl release for Echo Park’s
premier vinyl only record shop, the album will also be released digitally for free via The band will parade their impressive new material throughout the month of July with a hometown residency each Monday night at Spaceland in Los Angeles. They will be joined by a slew of local acts including Eastern Conference Champions, Twilight Sleep, Kissing Cousins, Wait.Think.Fast., TS and the Past Haunts (ex-Piebald) and many others.

Several years in the making, this album heralds a new chapter for the foursome who has seen its share of struggle and tragedy over the last few years. Alcoholism, divorce, interstate moves, and a number of family deaths have all contributed to the creation of the album, and the result is a record that is both devastatingly personal and musically complex. Summer Darling revel in challenging the listener with a myriad of time signatures, interlacing guitar parts, and bombastic drumming all the while showcasing their pop sensibilities with hook laden vocal melodies.

This is clearly evident on standout track “Carving Letters,” which showcases husband and wife Ben Heywood (vocals/guitar) and Heather B. Heywood’s (vocals/bass) engaging melodic chemistry as their voices unite over a bed of nimble math rock-like guitars and a clattering beat. Album starter, “This Would Be The Time,” lays down what could be a blueprint for the record and as LA Weekly describes it “opens with Ben Heywood’s and Dan Rossiter’s majestic interlocking guitars, as the former intones in a hazy, haunted voice. Even as the guitars ratchet up the chaos, Heywood remains coolly somber underneath it all.”

The son of pastors in suburban California, Summer Darling was started after Ben graduated with a degree in English and Creative Writing, as an outlet to come to grips with his dissolving faith and darkening worldview. His wife, Heather, who also fronts the Richard Swift-produced band Kissing Cousins, was raised the daughter of Pentecostal ministers in Alabama and experienced a similar rebellion when she began playing in bands. Together the couple not only found solace in each other but along with guitarist Dan Rossiter and drummer Todd Spitzer have been experiencing musical catharsis.

Summer Darling has played extensively throughout the West Coast since 2003 and this year will be bringing their new album and impassioned live show to the national stage, following their residency next month. Currently, the band is working with a host of local artists and directors including Karla Carnewal, Joshua Locy, Souther Salazar, Alexis Martin Woodall, and Chris Batty to create music videos for every song on the album.

Sunday, June 6, 2010

Summer Record Club #1

We kicked off the first Summer Record Club today in Long Beach. 11am start time with all four members of Summer Darling. Also present: Joe and Kenn from California Condors, Tim and Chris (aka The Black Rhombus).

Everyone brought one song that embodied what music means to them. We went in alphabetical order and the tracklist went like this:

1. Ben- Liars, Here Comes All the People
2. Chris- Tom Petty, I Won't Back Down
3. Dan- Spoon, Out go the Lights
4. Heather- Damien Jurado, Cloudy Shoes
5. Joe- Poppy Family, Endless Sleep
6. Kenn- Blaze Foley, Clay Pigeons
7. Tim- LCD Soundsystem, I Can Change
8. Todd- T. Rex, Rip Off

Afterward we celebrated with a walk to 3636 for a boozy brunch. Joe from CA Condors is set to host the next one on 6/20. Shitchyeah.