EP REVIEW: Summer City – Six Good Reasons ★★★★☆

10514174_10152201377322001_3123157712720069140_oArtist: Summer City

EP: Six Good Reasons

Release Date: 01/08/2014

Label: Hit The Scene Records

It’s not difficult to see (or should that be ‘hear’) why Summer City are currently conquering their seven date UK tour with more style and flare than than we’ve since in the industry for a while. Six Good Reasons is SC’s six track debut EP, but you only need one good reason to listen to it.

Released on the first of this month, Summer City are taking 2014 by storm after the hurricane of success 2013 bought them. Having achieved Radio 1’s Single Of The Week, as well as support from Blink 182’s Mark Hoppus and All Time Low’s Jack Barakat, SC are creating even more noise in 2014, and it sounds pretty damn good.

Opening the EP with their title track, Six Good Reasons is the perfect sing-along anthem. It’s catchy chorus, sturdy rhythm section and vocals from all three of the boys showcases each of the members individual talent and penache. An unexpected twist of an Enter Shikari style hook towards the end only emphasizes the trio’s talent and ability to adapt to any musical style.

Bury Me In Pink stands the entire EP on its own toe-tapping feet. Its horror style sounds, thrashing guitars and jerky synths show a refreshing side to their style as SC find an opening in the market and grab it with both hands, this song is hard to compare to other sounds out there today.

With their electronic skills more prominent in track Going Under, the listeners are drowned in a tidal wave of pounding basslines and electronic synths, only coming up for air on their acoustic number You Sound Like Sugar, and Taste Even Better. Showing off the trio’s softer side, Benji’s vocals glide across an soothing acoustic guitar, with the later addition of melodic backing vocals to add to the experience.

But don’t worry, this doesn’t last for too long as SC bounce back into party mode with We Were On A Break. Pulsating basslines and punchy vocals add to the many layers of the track. Definitely one to get the crowd on their feet at their live shows, plus any track with a ‘Friends’ reference is always a winner is our eyes.

The final and longest track of the EP, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1, at 5 minutes 11 seconds, is a showcase of their delicious electronic palette. Echoing vocals, and computerized synths are punctuated by a warm background buzz.

Six Good Reasons isn’t just another record to add to your party playlist, but an experience as Benji, Kit and Ben invite you on their journey of love and hate, all the while showcasing their seemingly limitless talent and music adaptability.
Six Good Reasons is now available for purchase for £3.99 on iTunes.
Catch Summer City on tour NOW with Speaking In Shadows
(£6 on the door, no ADV tickets available)
September 5th – Brighton – Audio
September 6th – Essex – Square
September 7th – London – Garage 2

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