Summer City

Summer City – Reprobates (EP Review)

As Spring desperately tries to push its way through the rain clouds we’ve all come to love so much, Summer City are releasing their new EP Reprobates just in time to give it a little bit of help. Packed with indie-electronic sunshine this EP is set to be your perfect Summer soundtrack.

They said, “we poured so much emotion into this record and it means so much to all three of us. It’s been a real labour of love, and we’re so excited for people to hear it.”

Opening song ‘Signals’ quickly establishes the feel of this impressive EP and lyrics such as ‘there’s vodka on your dress and your arse is showing…no disrespect but I’m just not into you’ instantly develop a connection with the listener, it’s relatable, it’s funny, it’s tragic, it’s true.

Despite the insanely upbeat synths and catchy riffs, the lyrics reveal a vulnerability that isn’t obvious on the first listen, especially in stand out track ‘I’m A Wreck’. Addressing issues of self-worth, anxiety, depression and self-harm it’s a really powerful EP.

Summer City frontman Benji Adams says

“’I’m a Wreck’ is about feeling haunted by your own thoughts and fears, so it made sense for us to film the video in a haunted house setting. It’s based around the idea that the scariest monsters are the ones we create for ourselves, because they’re the ones that are hardest to escape from.”

In a stark contrast to the bright electronica of the previous songs the stripped back final track ‘Sound of the Crowd’ is all the more powerful and kind of heartbreaking. There isn’t a song on this EP that could be classed a ‘just a filler’ – every one of them is great. And you just have to love a band who embrace their northern accents!

You can easily listen to Reprobates on repeat for hours at a time and still enjoy it just the same, if not more, than the first time.

4/5