Band-tastic: Summer Camp
Initially filled with mystery and intrigue, indie pop/lo-fi duo Summer Camp bust onto the scene in 2010 with their dreamy, bedroom pop -- much to the delight of the blogoshpere. No one quite knew exactly who the duo was or where they hailed from -- Chicago was mentioned as a hometown, as well as possibly Sweden. Those ruminations were all put to rest, however, when Summer Camp was revealed as London duo Jeremy Warmsley, an accomplished singer/songwriter with two albums to his name, and Elizabeth Sankey, a journalist who had worked with NME and Platform. It seems the mystery was due to both Warmsley and Sankey, who admitted they didn't think their project was going to go public.
Elizabeth Sankey and Jeremy Warmsley
Take, for instance, the latest song from Summer Camp to hit the Internet -- "Better Off Without You." It's a light, bubbly affair that would sound right in place in a Brat Pack movie soundtrack. Elizabeth Sankey's vocals rival those of Bethany Cosentino of Best Coast, Alaina Moore of Tennis and Madeline Follin of Cults -- but with a decidedly darker vocal style. It's easy to call Summer Camp a throwback band, as their sound straddles a couple of decades, yet there's an edge to their music -- an undeniable contrast -- that separates them from their contemporaries.