Summer Camp22.10 NEW ALBUM
- SUMMER CAMP
British indie-pop duo Summer Camp were formed in 2009 by Elizabeth Sankey and Jeremy Warmsley. Initially shrouded in mystery, they released their first single Ghost Train on Moshi Moshi in early 2010, followed by the John Hughes-obsessed lo-fi/chillwave EP Young later that year.
After a break of five years, Summer Camp released their fourth studio album, titled Romantic Comedy, on Valentine’s Day 2020. It features songs from and inspired by Sankey’s film of the same name, which received widespread praise when it screened at film festivals in 2019 (the film will be distributed internationally in 2020). The album pulls on the experiences and movies that compelled Sankey to make the film, intercut with snippets of Warmsley’s instrumental score and samples from the documentary. The band describe the album as “a painfully honest love letter that both celebrates and skewers the way romance has historically been portrayed in cinema, and how these depictions have affected the way the audience conducts and pursues their own relationships.”
Last summer the band performed the score for the film live at Sheffield Doc/Fest, the British Film Institute (as part of the London Comedy Film Festival) and at Latitude Music Festival.
In 2014, the band – now a married couple – released their first original film score for Charlie Shackleton (AKA Charlie Lyne)’s groundbreaking teen movie film essay Beyond Clueless, which was followed in 2015 by their Bad Love LP and Christmas EP, tracks from which were featured on Netflix’s Let It Snow in 2019.
Having released four albums and three EPs in six years, they decided to take a break to explore other creative projects. Warmsley found success as a film and TV composer, his many projects including collaborating with comedian Simon Amstell on his debut feature Carnage (BBC, 2017) and with Charlie Shackleton on Fear Itself and his award-winning Fish Story (Guardian, 2017). He also began working as a solo artist: in 2018 he released a solo track, Moment, which was featured on the BBC/Netflix drama Wanderlust starring Toni Colette. In 2019 he started a project called A Year, where he wrote and released a new track every month. January was playlisted on BBC 6 Music, and the finished record was described by Clash Music as “An album that demands repeat listens to learn its deep secrets”.
Meanwhile, Sankey began exploring a new medium: filmmaking. In 2017, she began work on her first feature documentary film, Romantic Comedy, which premiered at several prestigious film festivals in 2019 including IFFR (Rotterdam), SXSW (Austin, Texas), and AFI Fest (LA). The film is a sometimes sardonic, sometimes loving, but always personal exploration of this much-maligned genre, told through clips from over 160 films including When Harry Met Sally, God’s Own Country and His Girl Friday and interviews with actors, filmmakers and writers including Jessica Barden (star of End Of The F*cking World ). Described as “a doc that delights as much as it informs” by The Hollywood Reporter, Romantic Comedy will be distributed internationally in 2020.
Harvest Sun Promotions presents
22nd October 2020 @ Future Yard
Part of the Near Future series of live shows at Future Yard pop-up venue in Birkenhead.