Monday, December 10, 2007

Summercamp - Tonight! ep (1997)

Up until very recently (at least from my vantage point) the going rate for every major-label success, is about ten or so flops. From the '60s to the early '00s, the big five (or is it four?) deliberately and predictably threw their weight behind a proverbial "golden goose," according them with the lions share of the promotional budget, leaving dozens of other signees to languish with nary a thought of recouping their investment. Absurd by any measuring stick if you ask me, but due in part to file sharing, the big boys have wised up, carefully selecting their rosters and making a more substantial priority of their signees. The beauty of the old-school model was that so many of the spill-over bands that were given short shrift by the public and the industry, would occasionally be of artistic, indie-label caliber, adopting small but devoted audiences in the process.

Santa Barbara's Summercamp just so happened to be one of those "major label miracles." Scooped up during the '90s alt-rock feeding frenzy the band signed to Maverick, the Madonna curated division of Warner Brothers. The wrong place at the right time, or the right place at the wrong time? Maybe a little bit of each. Summercamp's hyper-melodic power-pop probably came across as rather ordinary to young adults and older. Some of the most potent material on their solitary LP, Pure Juice, flirted at the edges of pop-punk, but the Warped Tour set wasn't convinced. Initially, it appeared that Summercamp had their foot in the door, boasting some regular airtime for their "Drawer" video on MpTytV, but hopes of making a more noticeable dent were soon dashed. A follow-up was recorded, and in classic music industry fashion, it was shelved. Singer Tim Cullen went onto an indie solo career, which resulted in an album, Fun Razor, that didn't stray far from where Summercamp left off.

The Tonight! ep was released shortly after Pure Juice as a Japanese import, with very limited copies swimming their way over to the mainland. It's no substitute for the aforementioned main course, but a nice little appendix, with three live selections and some studio outtakes. The title cut, by the way, is a mere four seconds. Huh.

01. Nowhere Near (live)
02. High Horse (live)
03. The Bright Side (live)
04. Anyone
05. Miss Leonard
06. Drawer (demo)

07. Tonight!

http://www56.zippyshare.com/v/dCmd12zx/file.html

20 comments:

Haper said...

Nice post. Do you know if their unreleased second album ever leaked out? Thanks for this.

spavid said...

Not as far as I know. Potentially, songs from that unreleased album may have made it onto Tim's solo record.

Mark said...

The other creative half of Summercamp, Sean McCue, has also released a solo album. Called apart, it is as much a departure from the pop/punk stylings of Pure Juice as Tim Cullen’s Fun Razor is an homage.

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Garr Eagle said...

I just found out a video was shot for "The One I'm Without." <a href="http://fullscopemedia.net/index.php?page=work&id=34&lid=16>Video<a href> Wow. The plug was pulled on this album way further along in the process than I thought. Amazing.

Taylor said...

Hey, nice article! I have a couple questions... could you tell me the track lengths and who wrote the unfamiliar tunes ("High Horse", etc. - I'm guessing Sean or Tim...)? Also, do you know the proposed name for the unreleased second album? One more: how the heck did you get a copy of this EP?!!

Cheers!

Todd said...

Somehow, I missed this the first time around. Also the second time around. Thanks!

Greg said...

I've managed to track down 7 of the 12 tracks which have been posted by either Sean or Tim. I have:
1. The One I'm Without
2. Like A Wave
6. Open Up
8. Happy
10. Uncoordinated
11. Perfect Little Thing
13. Far Away Look

It's depressing how good this album is. Surely, after all this time, the guys should be able to get the rights back, so they can release it themselves. Sean has the Old Man album for sale on his site. It's time for The Invisible Album to see the light of day.

Todd said...

For what it's worth, the 1998 Menthol and Orbit albums are in the same sort of limbo. I'm not sure what the labels stand to gain at this point keeping them under lockdown, but I've pretty much given up hope of them coming out.

Greg said...

Tim released "Face" on his Band Camp page.

Megatof said...

@ Greg, please tell me where and when you were able to legally download "Happy", I've been looking for this song for years now!
I've been checking Sean and Tim sites but could not find anything :(

Todd said...

What timing! That Orbit album came out April 26, 2011.

Chris Churchill said...

Does anyone have the songs Greg mentioned
1. The One I'm Without
2. Like A Wave
6. Open Up
8. Happy
10. Uncoordinated
11. Perfect Little Thing
13. Far Away Look

I posted a video of Like a Wave on youtube here
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MoZNQOuZyWA&feature=youtu.be

Greg said...

I recorded the audio from their myspace audio players for all of the songs I mentioned above, except for "The One I'm Without." I ripped the audio from the video for that one.

Greg said...

I should add, "Like A Wave" was e-mailed to me by the person above who removed his post and gave us quite a bit of information on the album. And, as I mentioned above, Tim posted "Face" on his Bandcamp page.

TF said...

@Greg are you able to upload any of those songs? I'm really looking for "Happy"!

spavid said...

I just fixed the link.

RedShyGuy said...

I found an old post about their second album. It mentions it coming out late 2001/early 2002. It also mentions the new drummer, Ramy Antoun. Like A Wave and Face are easily available online but I've had no luck with any other ones. Maybe this will get this post up and running again. I have no idea how accurate this link is but considering there's not much out there for the second album, I figure it's worth a look.

Here's the track list:

1-Like A Wave
2-The One I'm Without
3-That Don't Mean Nothin'
4-The Funny One
5-Hear Me Now
6-Open Up
7-Unscrew
8-Happy
9-Escapism
10-Uncoordinated
11-Perfect Little Thing
12-Call Her Tomorrow
13-Face
14-Far Away Look

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Mauricio Espinoza said...

DUUUUDE! I've been a Summercamp fan since like '03, even bought Pure Juice even though I'm from Perú lmfao and I JUST find out that "Tonight!" exists!! I've actually found it and I'm gonna buy it and upload it for all you broskis in Mp3 320 kbps quality!! THANKS FOR INFORMING THIS EXISTS!! WOOHOOO!!! :D