Gossiping girls in the toilets, the ever faithful crowd of smokers outside, and a bar lined up with beer drinkers; just another Friday night then, or maybe not! This Friday stood out as a celebration of Chelmsford talent as local band Seven Summers took to the Barhouse stage to launch their self titled debut album.
The venue was packed, and I think it’s safe to say everyone was up for hearing some great live music. The band had been quoted in the local paper as saying they wanted to do the album justice, live, and by the response from the crowd, I think it’s safe to say they are well on their way to doing that. Their set mainly concentrated on the harder hitting rock numbers on the album, with a few choice ballads/soaring radio friendly numbers thrown in. There was a contrast between the beautiful acoustic melodies in tracks like ‘Paved Paradise’, and the indie/rock arrangements of other songs like ‘Dirt’, but it’s a contrast that worked well. The quality of the sound that Neil, Matt, Jon, and Alex produced was smooth and impressive, and it was easy to get into the funky drum/bass rhythms, and rock jams. It was a set that soared, swirled, and rocked out in all the right places, creating atmosphere and energy, and waking up one already tired reviewer!
On record, I wasn’t quite so keen on what the band would call the more ‘shouty’ songs, and was interested to see how these would translate live. They actually came across a lot better than expected, and the overall result was a set that everyone seemed to enjoy. The music from the DJ’s afterwards was pretty damn good too. The only problem was, it was over pretty quick, but I went off home to sleep armed with an album, which will no doubt keep me going until the next Seven Summers gig.
Seven Summers the album will be available shortly on I-Tunes, and you can also listen to it on Last.fm. For more information on the band check out www.myspace.com/sevensummersband