caught up with Brian Dales from The Summer Set
to talk about their latest album 'Legendary',
being on a new record label, touring the UK and
America and much more.
been a band now for about 6 years, so can you
give people a brief history of The Summer Set?
Brian: The Summer Set started in 2007 in Shaun
and Stephen Gomez's parent's
guest room, while I was still a senior in high
school and one thing lead to
another, we signed to a little indie label, then
we put all our stuff in
a van and started touring America, the gigs started
to get bigger and better
then we put out our debut album in 2009, then
our 2nd in 2011 and things
kept getting better and better then this year
we released 3rd album
'Legendary' and it's our proudest one to date,
that's what lead us to come to
the UK, I think this is our 6th time over here
in the last two years, which
released your third studio album 'Legendary' back
in April how has the album gone down with your
fans and the press?
Brian: Now it's been out long enough and the
weight is off my shoulders,
I don't have to worry about whether people like
it or not, I'm very excited
as the response has been amazing, the new songs
have gone down better at
shows than all our previous material, and it's
also the quickest selling
which is really exciting. We've had a really
good run in the last 6 months
since the albums been out.
you account that to being on a bigger label? Or
putting more effort in?
Brian: A little bit, all the pieces are in place,
we've got a great team
behind the album and it's also the best album
we've made in 6 years, due to
the fact we know who we are and who we want
to be, and that we're a lot
better song writers now than we used to be.
made you call the album 'Legendary'?
Brian: The title track of the album, is a little
auto biographical song for
me, which was the first song I wrote for the
album, which kind of sketched
out where we wanted the album to be, and the
endline and the chorus is "we
all want to be legendary to somebody" which
really resonated for a lot of
people. We played the song once acoustic before
we had come close to
finishing the album, and we didn't have a name
yet, and the song really went
down well with the fans on YouTube, I think
we knew then that it's what
we wanted to call the album, as it's really
a thesis to our fans to inspire
them to be the person they want to be.
did you find the whole writing and recording procedure
this time around compared to your previous albums?
Brian: This was my favourite writing and recording
album to date and I want
to do more like this, we had no rush, no 5-6
weeks in the studio and going
on tour, we took some time off and this took
about 9 months in total to
write, as we wanted every song to be perfect,
we spent a lot of time
collaborating with friends and making demo's
which turned into the main
tracks on the album. For instance, the track
'Maybe Tonight' on the album is
no different from the demo, which is great as
we spent so many times on our
previous records, kinda, destroying the magic
that happens when you write
the song and demo it the way it is, you kinda
just want to say "It's just
the demo we can do this and this" which
waters down the song, and on this
album the magic was just there, we didn't mess
with it which was cool. We
worked with several different producers which
was fun, and made a record
which has a lot of synthetic elements and just
collaborated with a lot of
friends that was cool, we worked on this record
with each other and a lot of
people we love which was fun.
would you say your favourite tracks from 'Legendary'
are and why?
Brian: It's hard, I've said this before, but
on the previous albums I knew
which were my favourites but on this album it
changes which is cool, as it
makes me proud of the album as a whole. My favourite
rotates every time I
listen to the album or play a new song on tour,
we've been playing 'Lighting
In A Bottle' on this tour which has gone over
amazing live, and others like
'Rescue' and 'Maybe Tonight', which I love and
the song 'Legendary' itself which
holds a lot of weight with me personally as
it started everything.
are right at the end of your UK tour supporting
Sleeping With Sirens how have you found the tour
and what have been the highlights?
Brian: Umm. I had a good time on this tour as
it's different for us than we're
used to, obviously we're definitely not as heavy
as the other bands on this
tour; but we met Sleeping With Sirens on Warped
Tour and they were very
adamant about us doing this tour. There have
been some serious highlights
like playing cities we've never been to in Germany,
Switzerland and Ireland
and to play some rooms over here in the UK like
Brixton Academy, that was a
massive opportunity for us to play in front
of new people, which was cool.
We love testing ourselves as this year we've
gone from a headline tour to
the Warped Tour, to a couple of shows with Sheryl
Crow and the Backstreet
Boys to I Heart Radio Festival with some of
our idols like Queen and Katy
Perry to now with Sleeping with Sirens, and
it's important to us and to
a lot of people to show that you can play shows
with anybody and it's pushed
us to play some of the best shows we've done
on this tour.
tonight you are heading back to America for a
lengthy tour, how much are you looking forward
Brian: Very excited for this one, we haven't
done a theatre tour support in
the US for quite a while, and we love 3OH3!
who were on the tour with, and another artist
on this tour is Wallpaper,
who's put out one of my favourite albums of
the year, so I'm excited to watch.
Again that tour is so different from this tour,
as this is more Hip Hop and
production based artists which will be cool
to try our hand at a tour like
that. We did a tour collaboration with 3OH3!
and Wallpaper on one of 3OH3!'s
songs which we'll be performing every night,
which is great as there's
already that comradeary there.
did your own headline tour and played the wonderful
Slam Dunk Festival early this year, how did you
find it and do you have plans to come back and
do another headline tour?
We love headlining, we have 3 albums out so
we love doing long sets, and
these 30 minute sets on this tour are killing
me, it's crazy as some bands
get into a funk where they're always supporting,
and we didn't want to do
that. We hope to be coming back at the beginning
of next year, and Slam Dunk
was amazing, we played the main stage on all
3 festivals and it was great.
do you hope to see The Summer Set in a year's
Brian: Playing these rooms and headlining them,
it couldn't get any better
than that. I mean getting a song on the radio
over here would be awesome, we
had some luck this year in the US and we'd love
to test that over hear.
last random question that we ask every band, if
you could be an animal out of a zebra or Giraffe
which one would you be and why?
Brian: I have to choose between the two?
Brian: Zebra, as giraffes freak me the fuck
out. Pardon my language,
giraffes are really weird and I don't trust
for your time is there a message for your fans
Brian: You guys have been incredible to us
this year, if you haven't picked
up our new album Legendary, then please pick
it up and we hope to be back
soon, next year.
Interview by James Daly