Whenever a group sets out to produce consistently well-crafted, emotive music, the natural tendency to produce more negative or even more ruminative music may come naturally, but this is decidedly not the case for the delightfully buoyant power pop post rock blend that is Summer Scouts. The five piece formed in 2013 in Allentown, PA, and sought to bring together each of the five members’ interests and tendencies to curate a fresh and inventive sound, and to say that is exactly what they have done would be an understatement.
Their brand new album, Furthest Reach is sure to continue this trend when it is released May 20th. Carson Slovak and Grant Macfarland are responsible for engineering, mixing, and producing the album. Furthest Reach consists of ten original infectiously good tracks, of which are kickstarted via the release of the semantically-charged “Vessels“. The track draws heavily from the loss of a parent, and the drastic fallout this can have on the home and the family dynamic.
The band had to say of the track, “Family life and norms change dramatically after the death of a parent. The home itself takes a drastic shift in its overall aura, a shift that slowly continues for years after the death, forever losing its original feeling. While the family’s personalities experience alterations as well, the house itself holds the significant, glaring symbolism of this dark familial change. “Vessel” visits this feeling that no one in the family wants to face and confronts it in an emotional conversation between the singer (an affected family member) and the house.”
Summer Scouts will embark on a national tour beginning April 23rd to compound onto the previously received buzz for their new album, with confirmed shows in Connecticut, New Jersey, Long Island, upstate NY and will coincide their conclusion the tour with the record’s release in Pittsburgh.
Upon the release of their independent debut, The Distance, Summer Scouts were significantly influenced by tech-pop indie outfits such as M83, Phoenix, and Grouplove. Tracks such as “Face Paint” showcased a shimmering synth-y instrumental display deftly paired with bombastic and infectious vocals.
The outfit’s sophomore EP, Deep Breath, expanded upon their sound by incorporating a more atmospheric, sonic approach, citing bands such as 30 Seconds to Mars & Explosions in the Sky as major influences for the release. Deep Breath also boasts an equally anthemic and eclectic male/female vocal approach, which particularly shines throughout the track “Olympic White,” which has been the subject of immense critical acclaim.
Both Deep Breath and The Distance are available via iTunes and Spotify, and Furthest Reach will be released via Darkshore Music Group. Summer Scouts has shared the stage with groups such as Echosmith, Anthony Green, The Royal Concept, Born Cages, Wild Party, The Features, Body Language, and Moving Units, and the group is quickly becoming known for their bombastic and crackling live show which is sure to please all throughout the Northeast US this coming summer.