The Summer Set is one of the bands that you might want to check out on Warped Tour, because once this summer’s tour is done, you may never see them play the festival ever again. The band is starting to blow up, as they’ve released a very successful third full-length record, Legendary. I caught up with lead singer Brian Logan Dales in Portland to chat about the record and more.
You’re back on Warped Tour after not doing it for a few years. What are your thoughts on returning?
Brian Logan Dales: Yeah, we’re back on Warped Tour. We did the tour in 2010, and we’re obviously a bigger band than when we did it last time; it feels like back then we were freshman in high school, and now we’re seniors. We just put out a new record, so the timing is great, and we’re excited to be here.
Who are you excited to see on this year’s tour?
Brian Logan Dales: Yesterday, I watched Goldfinger, because John Feldman has always been good to our band. I’ve been watching William Beckett play and I sometimes sing a song with him. So far it’s been about watching friends. I really want to watch Wallpaper’s set, I like that stage a lot. There’s a lot of stuff to check.
You have a line in one of the new songs that goes “I must confess, I’m a little obsessed with…”
Brian Logan Dales: “Dawson’s Creek?”
Exactly. What else are you obsessed with?
Brian Logan Dales: (Insert Television show here), I watch a lot of TV…I like How I Met Your Mother, I’ve always liked that show. I’m obsessed with Mickey Mouse, as I have on my t-shirt.
Dancing With The Stars?
Brian Logan Dales: NOT Dancing With The Stars, I only watched it that one time Chelsea danced to our song on there. I’m obsessed with the state of California, now that I live there. The Detroit Red Wings, who really fucked me up this year. I’m obsessed with people who don’t want the Blackhawks to win the Stanley Cup this year, anyone but them, please!
Did you watch the first game of the finals? It was like 3 minutes removed from the longest game in NHL Playoff history or something…
Brian Logan Dales: Yeah, that definitely has to count as two games!
Your new album is titled Legendary – what inspired you guys to name it that?
Brian Logan Dales: The title track of the record is kind of one of the first songs that set the tone for the rest of the record. We all had moved into a house together in Arizona, and I couldn’t figure out what kind of record we wanted to make, and we didn’t want to force it in any direction. We were on the road basically for three years straight, and we were pretty burnt out, possibly me more than others. We had this house warming pool party, and everyone’s hanging out with friends, hanging around the pool and drinking, and it was nice being domestic again and getting back to the roots. I was laying in my bed in my room by myself while the party was going on outside, watching How I Met Your Mother re-runs, and this weird thing hit me where I was like “Holy shit, you’ve got to get it together!”; I picked up guitar, even though I’m terrible at it, and I wrote this quirky chorus idea about how I watch too much How I Met Your Mother and how I need to get up off my ass and do something epic. I thought it was the sillest thing but the melody was cool, and then I showed John and Steven Gomez and they were a little bit inebriated and thought it was the coolest thing ever, and we rolled with it. It turned from this silly little idea to the most auto-biographical song I’ve ever written, this song about not giving up on this “Peter Pan” feeling and reminding yourself that everyone has the opportunity to be legendary to someone and do what you love, and it became such a thesis to the record. I think at that point I wanted to call the album Legendary.
I think there’s a fine line when you’re calling an album “Legendary” between sounding pretentious and having enough confidence. I’m not a pretentious person, and I felt like it had just the right edge of confidence.
Yeah, you mention the pool party, and that’s exactly what I envision when I hear this record. It’s funny how that works out.
Brian Logan Dales: I think calling the album Legendary is a reminder to myself to step it up and have that sort of confidence.
What’s your favorite song off the record?
Brian Logan Dales: God, that’s such a hard question, it changes every day.
How about today?
Brian Logan Dales: Today, my favorite song is “Jukebox”. We played it for the first time live today and it went really well. It’s hard, we wrote 55 songs for this record, and 12 made it. So I always say my favorite songs are the 12 that made it. With our past records, there’s always those two songs that if you put it in front of someone new, you’d say “Oh wait, listen to these songs first, that’s what we sound like” – but with Legendary, I feel like I can put it on shuffle and any song would work. We did the record with so many people, and I was worried about it sounding cohesive, and it totally feels cohesive though.
Dia Frampton made an appearance on “Heart On The Floor”. What was it like working with her?
Brian Logan Dales: Dia’s great, she’s a good friend. We have the same manager and we’re all like a little family, and she sang on our first record when she was still doing Meg and Dia. The song “Heart On The Floor” was one of the earlier songs written for the record, and it’s a very different song and we ended up not doing the final verse until 9 months later. I always envisioned the song having this “choir” feel to it, and a lot of vocals, and call and response near the end. So I really needed a girl, and a friend of mine who was originally going to be on it fell through, and I needed somebody last minute, and we hit up our manager and asked Dia if she’d sing on the song, and she said “I’ll do my best” because she’s so modest, and she absolutely slayed it.
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Below is The Summer Set’s set list for Warped Tour 2013!
Fuck U Over
Boys You Do
Someone Like You
Lightning In A Bottle
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The Summer Set’s new song “Lightning In A Bottle” is premiering NOW on iHeartRadio!
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