Who Is The Summer Set and why you should listen to them?
Who are the Summer Set?
The Summer Set was an American rock band from Phoenix, Arizona who gained recognition from touring Taylor Swift when she still did country songs. The band members were lead vocalist Brian Logan Dales, guitarists Josh Montgomery and John Gomez, bass guitarist Stephen Gomez, and percussionist Jess Bowen. I discovered this band early on through forgetting a bands name but knowing it had Set in the title. That’s when I discovered their most recognizable song of Chelsea. I would go on to see this band every time they came to Newcastle apart from once. The one time I did not, my friend met Brian Dales and got him to talk to me what was amazing for me at the time.
Love Like This (2009)
The Summer Set’s first studio album after they signed for Razor & Tie in which you get to first hear Brain’s phenomenal whiny vocals. This an upbeat album continued from the happy EP’s they had previously released. They have the great The Boys You Do (Get Back at You) and Chelsea on this album. Chelsea wrote by Brian Dales for Chelsea Kane (Riley Perrin in Baby Daddy) before they broke up. Just a simple love song for a girl he was going out with at the time with a catchy chorus. Another favorite on this album is Girls Freak Me Out, which references Def Leppard with its line of ”Pour some sugar on me”. Brian singing about how girls freak him out obviously, as he believes this girl will eat him alive if he went home with her. This is great young love song album to introduce you to the band they are. Also, they made a live album in similar name called Love Like Swift in which they do an amazing cover of Taylor Swift’s Love Story ft Brandon Wronski from the band Eye Alaska. Brian and Brandon both taking up to ten on the last minute of the song.
Everything’s Fine (2011)
This album deals with love and unrequited love and has a much slower compared to their first album. Everything is used as the title to represent what the band has been through such as break up and that everything’s going to be fine. Their first song on the album is About A Girl setting the mood for the album, the chorus for the song being ”this is a song about a girl, this song is about love”. This song in response to Chelsea, as Brian and Chelsea had broken up by this point and he is singing about how he still loves her. Someone Like You has a Disney like vibe to it, as it could be easily used in a happy moment in a Disney film. The song is simply about how he has found the perfect girl and how he would do anything for her. Its good a nice high tempo and is very bubbly like the song that comes after it Must be the Music. rclbeauty101, a beauty blogger introducing many of her viewers to Must be the Music as she uses it in some capacity on her youtube channel at one point. A darker song on the album is Mannequin, talking about this girl has gotten with someone new but this new person does not see her for her true worth, just an object essentially. The song shows jealousy mixed with wasted feelings. The damning lyrics below intend this:
He’ll pick you up just to knok you down,
One day I’ll see you both in hell.
Is it everything that you thought it’d be?
When he’s lying there I bet you think of me.
I swear he’ll only dress you up,
Go out just to show you off.
Girl I don’t know what you see,
You’re more than just a mannequin to me
The album ends on somber note also in the form of Don’t Let Me Go, with the lonely piano use to enhance the sadness Brian is singing about. Brian asking if his girl will ever come back as he feels like he has lost everything.
For this album, the band stated that living communally that summer inspired the lyrical content of their third album, and sparked the fun-loving energy of the album cycle that ensued. They also switched to Fearless Records. This was also the start of the Summer Set referring to their fans as the Half Moon Kids. This album is ledgen….wait for it, dary. The Summer Set even quoting the HIMYM quote in their song of the same name Legendary. The great line of ”we all want to be legendary to someone in this song”. The album returns to a more fun upbeat tempo with songs like Rescue and Jukebox, describing really how it is just good to be alive and have fun.
Stories For Monday (2016)
Before they broke up they released Stories For Monday, which nearly never became getting released due to the band feeling they had nothing more to say in 2015. They did end up releasing an album however which themes focus on the youth of today having fun and the morning after of having fun. It’s a very 80s album with references to Bruce Springsteen and Joy Division amongst others. Out of all the albums this album I’d say most suits Brians voice because of the 80s style and you can tell his voice has developed leading up to this album. Change Your Mind opening with that techno keyboard from the 80s and continuing that sound throughout with an added guitar solo. In my opinion the best song on the album. The whole album is mind-blowing, however, their so many unbelievable songs on this album, it’s so easy to listen to the album the whole way through.
Solo – Dales
The spirit of The Summer Set still lives through Brian Dales as he continues to create The Summer Set-esque music. Brian Dales releasing Chateau in response to all the hate he has received as his music video suggests naming and shaming all the twitter trolls against him. It’s quite well written and a well-sung song.
So glad they decided to go ahead with the final album because artistically it is the best and you clearly identify how far the band has progressed over the years. Hopefully, the band get back together for one final album as they are really good.