Summer Camp (band)

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Summer Camp
Summer Camp performing in Hong Kong, 2012
Summer Camp performing in Hong Kong, 2012
Background information
OriginEngland
GenresIndie pop, synthpop, new wave, R&B
Years active2009–present
LabelsMoshi Moshi
WebsiteOfficial website
MembersJeremy Warmsley
Elizabeth Sankey

Summer Camp are a British indie pop duo, formed in October 2009 by married[1] couple multi-instrumentalist Jeremy Warmsley and vocalist Elizabeth Sankey. They are signed to the Moshi Moshi label[2] on which they have released all four of their full-length albums, as well as three EPs and a film soundtrack.[3]

Summer Camp's musical style has been described as "21st-century alt.pop"[4],but also is influenced by 1960s girl groups[5] and 1980s synthpop.[6] The lyrics, written by Sankey, are often quite dark and deal with failed relationships, conflicts, treasure and teenage obsessions. Along with the band's artwork and music videos they also draw heavily from American culture from the 1960s–1980s.

Their first EP, Young, was released in 2010.[7] In 2011, they released their debut LP, Welcome To Condale, produced by Pulp member Steve Mackey,[8] a concept album set in the fictional town of Condale.[9] In 2013,[4] they worked with Britpop producer Stephen Street[10] on their self-titled second album.

In 2014, they released their soundtrack to Beyond Clueless, a teen movie documentary directed by critic Charlie Lyne.[11] This was followed in 2015 by their third studio album, Bad Love.[12]

In 2019, band member Elizabeth Sankey released a film, Romantic Comedy, a documentary about the genre.[13] In 2020, the band released an album of the same name made up of songs "from and inspired by"[14] Sankey's film.

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

  • Welcome to Condale, 31 October 2011, Moshi Moshi, 2011[15] (digital, CD, 12")
  • Summer Camp, 9 September 2013, Moshi Moshi, 2013 (digital, CD, 12")
  • Beyond Clueless (original soundtrack), 4 August 2014, Moshi Moshi, 2014 (digital, 12")
  • Bad Love, 25 May 2015, Moshi Moshi, 2015 (digital, CD, 12")
  • Romantic Comedy, 14 February 2020, Moshi Moshi, 2020[16] (digital, 12")

EPs[edit]

  • Young, September 6, 2010, Moshi Moshi (digital, CD)
  • Always, June 29, 2012, Apricot (digital, 10")
  • Christmas, December 1, 2015, Moshi Moshi (digital)

Singles[edit]

  • "Ghost Train" – 12 April 2010, Moshi Moshi (digital, 1000 run 7")
  • "Round The Moon" – 6 September 2010, Moshi Moshi (digital, 1000 run 7")
  • "Better Off Without You" - 2011, Moshi Moshi (digital)
  • "Down" - October 2011, Moshi Moshi (digital)

References[edit]

  1. ^ [1][dead link]
  2. ^ "Summer Camp: "We don't want to write songs about ourselves, so we've sort of created our own characters that we place into different situations."". The Line of Best Fit. Retrieved 2020-10-07.
  3. ^ "Summer Camp Music Profile". Metacritic.com. Retrieved 2020-04-20.
  4. ^ a b "Summer Camp - 'Summer Camp' | NME". NME Music News, Reviews, Videos, Galleries, Tickets and Blogs | NME.COM. 2013-09-12. Retrieved 2020-10-07.
  5. ^ Subscribe. "Summer Camp - Romantic Comedy". diymag.com. Retrieved 2020-10-07.
  6. ^ Dazed (2011-09-21). "Summer Camp". Dazed. Retrieved 2020-10-07.
  7. ^ Shaw, Natalie. "BBC - Music - Review of Summer Camp - Young EP". Bbc.co.uk. Retrieved 2020-10-07.
  8. ^ Snapes, Laura. "BBC - Music - Review of Summer Camp - Welcome to Condale". Bbc.co.uk. Retrieved 2020-10-07.
  9. ^ "Album: Summer Camp, Welcome to Condale (Apricot/Moshi Moshi". The Independent. 2011-11-04. Retrieved 2020-10-07.
  10. ^ August 7, Kenneth PartridgePublished:; 2013. "Summer Camp Talk Getting Personal, Working With Blur Producer Stephen Street on New Album". Diffuser.fm. Retrieved 2020-10-07.CS1 maint: extra punctuation (link) CS1 maint: numeric names: authors list (link)
  11. ^ "Summer Camp - Beyond Clueless OST". The Line of Best Fit. Retrieved 2020-10-07.
  12. ^ "Bad Love by Summer Camp". Metacritic.com. Retrieved 2020-10-07.
  13. ^ "Elizabeth Sankey on Romantic Comedy at SXSW". Uk.lush.com. 2019-03-27. Retrieved 2020-10-07.
  14. ^ "NEWS: Summer Camp return with new album 'Romantic Comedy'". God Is In The TV. 2019-05-10. Retrieved 2020-10-07.
  15. ^ "Moshi Moshi Records | News: Summer Camp - Welcome To Condale OUT NOW". Web.archive.org. Archived from the original on 2011-11-24. Retrieved 2020-04-20.
  16. ^ "Romantic Comedy | Summer Camp". Bandcamp.com. Archived from the original on 2020-06-05. Retrieved 2020-09-07.

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