We are very excited to welcome Summer Camp back to The Harley this October.
‘Bad Love’, Summer Camp’s third album, is set in the same spooked domestic terrain in which they made their name back in 2009, but the perspectives have changed. “I think we got all of our teen angst out on Welcome To Condale,” says Elizabeth Sankey of the London duo’s 2011′s debut LP. “But this looks at how the cycles of those relationships repeat. The experiences you have as a teenager still happen to you, but as you grow up you’re better at dealing with them: the relationships you have with yourself, your family, your friends.”
So with ‘Bad Love’, they set about refining what they do best: those heart-racing heavily distorted guitars, battered synths that sparkle like dirty tinsel, the nostalgia triggered by a pastel sky. “We made a fairly conscious effort to try and avoid being so explicit about our influences on this one too,” says Elizabeth’s counterpart (and husband) Jeremy Warmsley. “We’ve wound up in a place where we have our own sound.”
On ‘Bad Love’ they tried to push that sound to its extremes: “‘Keep Up’ is the most oppressive thing we’ve ever done,” says Jeremy of the record’s rapidly intensifying, crashing closer where Elizabeth satirises the toxic social conventions of romantic game-playing and one-upmanship between friends. Meanwhile the softer ‘Run Away’ and ‘Horizon’ – a Jeremy-led pastoral shuffle recalling Nilsson or ‘Ram’-era McCartney- “they’re pretty broad,” he says. “We were figuring out what we do best and then doing that as much as possible.”
That also meant self-producing for the first time: Pulp’s Steve Mackey produced… ‘Condale’ and Smiths legend Stephen Street did ‘Summer Camp’, “which taught us a lot,” says Jeremy. “But self-producing means you get the most direct expression of what you’re trying to do. It’s not filtered through anyone else. That can lead to self-indulgence, which I hope we’ve avoided, but I do feel like this album is the purest expression of what we’re like since the ‘Young’ EP.”
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