“I’m A Bit Too Pop For The Punk Kids, But I’m Too Punk For The Pop Kids”
Release Date: April 1, 2016
Label: Fearless Records
Rocks Like: All Time Low, We Are the In Crowd, We the Kings
Recommended Track(s): Figure Me Out, Change Your Mind, Wasted
The Summer Set are stealing hearts everywhere, and after weeks of new tracks and music videos, the album Stories For Monday has finally been released and on Friday April 1st of all days- if this is a joke it’s the best joke ever! After a well needed break they’re back and ready to conquer the world, going full blast with a new album, new tour, and new music videos galore. (Studying video production myself, I know that often an entire day goes into shooting a mere minute or two of video! That’s got to be keeping The Summer Set real busy!) Legendary made us all want to pick up and take a road trip, but Stories For Monday is here to remind us that that road trip never has to end. Life, after all is our greatest adventure.
The album starts off strong. The same signature sound we know and love. Pop and punk at its core. Brian Dales’s vocals have a familiar vibe that immediately makes you want to listen and sing along. The first track on the album ‘Figure Me Out’ crescendos in, making it feel like a true beginning. This track is very relatable to the audience. Young adults everywhere have those feelings of needing to know who exactly they are and where they fit in. And especially in this scene, sometimes it seems like you can be “a bit too pop for the punk kids, but too punk for the pop kids”. Although Stories For Monday is not a full out a happy album, it does inspire good feelings, nostalgia, and dreaming.
“A popular theme throughout Stories For Monday is just that- “stories”, stories of growing up, stories of lost lovers, and stories of the future. Looking back, everyone has those epic stories of falling in love or tragic stories of loosing yourself, and The Summer Set has done an excellent job of stringing those stories into a living, breathing, album.”
The tempo is energetic and the lyrics piece together a perfect picture. You can dance, or scream, or do both along to the lyrics. It’s catchy in all possible ways, the rhythms, the vocals, and the words. The album ends on an inspiring note with ‘Wasted’, which has a beautiful speech at the beginning about getting out and writing your own story, a story of coming of age, and making the most out of your youth; the perfect end to the album.
The Summer Set are undoubtedly growing with their fans, and from that the potential for greatness is expanding. It may seem like it’s too pop and not quite punk enough, but in reality its the perfect mixture of pop and punk. Everyone needs a song they can dance and fall in love to, and at the same time go back to when they just can’t figure themselves out. “Turn the lights on party’s over” but hey “maybe someday we’ll never get older.”
1. Figure Me Out
2. The Night Is Young
3. Missin’ You
4. Jean Jacket
5. All My Friends
6. Change Your Mind
7. All Downhill from Here
8. All In
9. Wonder Years
10. When the Party Ends (Can’t Hardly Wait)