During this year's Blowout we were introduced to the band The Summer Pledge. Well, actually a little while before the Blowout I came across the band in the wonderful world of the internet. Although the band has been around since 2007, I hadn't really heard much about them. Probably because they are on tour so much and because I fell off the face of the planet for awhile. Well, at least as far as music is concerned. The reason I initially decided to check out The Summer Pledge is because a friend of mine and Sadie's from college, Jeremy Demaske, is in the band. Along side Jeremy, is Dustin McLaughlin, Andrew Davis and Rob Wilson. After listening to these guys, I was really impressed and couldn't wait to check them out at the Blowout. In case you missed it, here is some footage from their set and an interview with the band at the Metro Times Blowout!
The Summer Pledge recently released their new full length, "Vessels". The CD is really good. Every time I listen to it though, there are two things that come to mind. Driving through the mountains with the windows down and drugs. Considering I don't do either of those things, I'm not quite sure why I think of those things. But, much like drugs, I was hooked with the first song on the album. The following 10 tracks were also good, but the first was definitely the best. Ok. Enough with the bad drug references. It's pretty obvious I don't know what I'm talking about.
Anyways, the CD has 11 tracks on it. For the most part it is pretty mellow. It is a good mix of mysterious melodies, off-time beats and pure musical talent. If I were to compare The Summer Pledge to any band, it would have to be Brazil. Both bands are unique in their own right, but the vocals and somewhat eerie sound is very similar. Throughout college, Brazil was one of my favorite bands. So this is definitely a compliment.
Thursday evening, The Summer Pledge is teaming up with their friends in FAWN and Reverend for their Album Release Show & Tour Kickoff. The show is at The Magic Stick Lounge and it's only $5 to get in. I definitely suggest that you make it out to this show and pick up their album. I guarantee it will be one of your favorites to listen to this summer. Especially if you are driving through the mountains with the windows down.