Posted in music | tour dates on March 2, 2011

by Bill Pearis

DOWNLOAD: Summer Camp - I Want You (MP3)

Summer Camp
Summer Camp

Tonight (3/2) marks the American debut of UK duo Summer Camp who play an early show at Mercury Lounge and are signed to Moshi Moshi and have been featured on this site, and favored by blogs like Gorilla Vs. Bear and Altered Zones. The washed out '80s polaroid artwork of their Young EP matches the hazy, murky, nostalgic sound, not to mention their choice in sweaters.

Despite the supposed anonymity surrounding these two, it's actually the latest project from UK singer-songwriter Jeremy Warmsley who until recently was pretty much known for being part of the London scene that spawned Mumford & Sons, Laura Marling, Noah & the Whale, Fanfarlo (who he's sometimes a member) and, tangentially, Mystery Jets. You may have seen him play solo at Pianos or with Fanfarlo at Bell House in September 2009.

His last record, 2008's How We Became, mixed folk and electronic elements, so the Summer Camp sound is not completely out of left field for him. He's a talented songwriter, producer and arranger which brings a level of craft to the proceedings you don't see with a lot of this sort of stuff. And promisingly, the group's debut album is being produced by Pulp keyboardist Steve Mackie, the first fruits of which can be heard at the top of this post -- "I Want You" which drops most of the glo-fi haze for pretty solid dancefloor pop.

Opening for Summer Camp at Mercury Lounge are locals High Highs who make lovely dreampop not too far off from The Radio Dept. or Wild Nothing. (They've opened for the former and covered the latter.) No full-length out yet from this duo, but you can download a few tracks from their Bandcamp page and I recommend you do. Both Summer Camp and High Highs will be at SXSW and all shows I know about for each are with some songs and videos below...

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Summer Camp - 2011 North American/SXSW dates
Wed 3/2 @ Mercury Lounge w/ High Highs NYC
Thu 3/10 @ The Echo, Los Angeles
Wed 3/16 @ Red Eyed Fly (Transgressive Showcase) - 9 pm (715 Red River) SXSW
Wed 3/16 @ Latitude 30 (NME Showcase) - 1 am (512 San Jacinto Blvd.) SXSW
Thu 3/17 @ Double Down (Transparent/Forest Family) - 4 pm (515 Pedernales St.) SXSW
Sat 3/19 @ Red House Pizzeria (Music For Listners day party) - 1 pm (1917 Manor Rd.) SXSW

Flowers Bloom by highhighsband

Open Season from High Highs on Vimeo.

High Highs - 2011 Tour Dates
3/2 Mercury Lounge - NYC
3/18 SXSW - Yelp Party 3:30pm Austin, Texas
3/18 SXSW Official Showcase - 12 am Velveeta Room Austin, TX
3/19 SXSW - Hyatt Party austin, texas

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Comments (14)

How can anybody listen to this shit without busting a gut over how preposterous it is?

Posted by Anonymous | March 2, 2011 2:14 PM

What's your definition of preposterous? Do you take it to mean "fucking awesome!" ?

Posted by Anonymous | March 2, 2011 2:21 PM

Prom season 2011 in Williamsburg has begun.

Posted by Anonymous | March 2, 2011 2:22 PM

This photo is so ridiculously calculated to look uncalculated it is laughable. From the glare on the dude's over-sized glasses to the chick's Aunt Edna get-up and down-ward gaze. I bet the books on the back shelf they are are placed there purposely too. If you zoomed in you'd see they're all either by Tom Wolfe, Oscar Wilde and Dave Eggers.

Posted by Anonymous | March 2, 2011 2:33 PM

that woman looks beautiful in that picture... is she?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7q9vsWgE8qs

Posted by Anonymous | March 2, 2011 2:33 PM

"What's your definition of preposterous? Do you take it to mean "fucking awesome!" ?"

In this case, my definition is "noise that sounds like musical notation, but is actually just sonic laziness constructed in layers for the most lack-witted and self-conscious concert goers in the city."

Posted by Anonhummus | March 2, 2011 2:43 PM

SWEATER BEWBS!

Posted by Anonymous | March 2, 2011 3:11 PM

CO-DEPENDENCE MAKE-THE-BED-TYPE ROCK

Posted by Anonymous | March 2, 2011 5:19 PM

still trying to figure out if this band is an elaborate joke

Posted by Anonymous | March 2, 2011 8:09 PM

is this brunchwave?

Posted by Anonymous | March 2, 2011 9:47 PM

seriously, most pretentious wanna be douches I've ever laid eyes on.

Posted by Anonymous | March 2, 2011 11:13 PM

shit is so contrived it almost makes me wanna to listen to katy perry.

Posted by Anonymous | March 3, 2011 6:27 AM

I was at the show last night and left early. They were just really annoying. She was oddly theatrical, hamming it up so much that it seemed like she was mocking the crowd. So maybe it is a joke, and they're in on it. And I feel for it.

Posted by Anonymous | March 3, 2011 11:55 AM

*fell

Posted by Anonymous | March 3, 2011 11:55 AM

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