This idea for a blog post came to me last week when one of my favourite bands of all time, The Summer Set, announced their indefinite hiatus, aka announced they are splitting up.
I found them on Spotify, under recommended artists way back in 2012/13, I can’t remember exactly. Their album, Everything’s Fine, connected with me so much, and I remember vividly walking to school, which was about 30 minutes, listening to the entire album and falling in love.
Back then, I was in a very controlling relationship and I wasn’t allowed to listen to opposite genders, aka male vocalists. But I couldn’t live without this album or band, so I listened secretly, deleting my Spotify history in case he ever saw it. After a while, I felt too guilty, so I let the band go.
It wasn’t until 2016 when I met Tom and we were texting back and forth our favourite songs, albums and artists that I came across The Summer Set again and the album Everything’s Fine reentered my life. I had remembered every single lyric of every song off the album, and since that day they have been one of my favourite bands, and Everything’s Fine, has been one of my all-time favourite albums.
I’m really saddened by the news. Tom and I went to go see them live when they came to the UK for their Stories for Monday tour in May last year. They were the first band we saw live together and it holds a special place in my heart. I remember coming out of the concert, Tom and I faced one another and said, “we need to go see them again”. Unfortunately, that day will never come, and I actually want to cry, I’m tearing up writing this blog post.
I’m sure other fans have more connections to the band, their songs probably mean more to them, they have probably been following them for their entire journey. But the tiny slither I got to experience of their music, has made them one of my favourite bands of all time and their Everything’s Fine album will always be one of my favourite albums. I don’t think I could ever get bored of any of their songs. Brian’s, the lead vocalist, has such a distinct and incredible voice, I knew instantly last year, they were the band I discovered all those years ago.
I don’t want to be sad about the news, but grateful that I ever had a chance to experience their music, and see them live. I think that concert will always be one of the best I’ve experienced.
I don’t know what gave me the urge to write this blog post but I’m glad I’ve managed to write my feelings down. I’m not going to lie, before their news, they were a band I liked, saw them live, and listened to them more frequently. But since hearing the news, and knowing I will never get new music from them, or see them live again, it showed me how much I do truly love them. They will now be one of my all-time favourite bands. The Summer Set wasn’t a massive band but if you knew them and liked their music, how do you feel about the news?
Please give them a listen as they are truly incredible musicians, all five of them. I wish them all the best for their futures and I know Brian, is already pursuing a solo career so I will be following him on his new journey.
This is much more of a personal post and something quite different for me, so if you enjoyed it, please let me know.
until next time,