Summertown is the sound of a band proud to carry the banner for classic and alternative power pop groups from the 1960s to the 1980s. It sounds like a reviewer's cop-out, but how much you like this stuff seems to depend on how enamored you are of the form as a whole, rather than the content in particular. The songs are confidently executed and fairly melodic, but not exceptionally so. There are plenty of power chords, occasional psychedelic blips and a bit of a late-20th century metallic blur in some of the guitar parts. The songs are cheerful and literate, but not terribly deep. It can be given a no-holds-barred thumbs-up to fans of Big Star and Chris Stamey (who produced), yet could use more substance and personality. The lyrics guaranteed to provoke the most critical comment are found on "Down with Peter Green," inspired (obliquely, it seems) by the troubled original Fleetwood Mac guitarist.
|Label:||Yep Roc Records|
Performance CreditsMayflies USA Primary Artist
Chris Stamey Cello,Harmonium,Tambourine,12-string Guitar,Mellotron
Billy Miller Flute
John Harrison Turntables
Georgia Hubley Background Vocals
Tom Maxwell Horn
Ken Mosher Horn
Boyce Collins Guitar
David Liesegang Conga,Drums,Maracas,Tambourine,Hand Clapping,sleigh bells,Yells
Matthew Long Acoustic Guitar,Vocals,Classical Guitar,E-bow
Matthew McMichaels Acoustic Guitar,Piano,Electric Guitar,Sitar,Vocals,12-string Guitar,Sampling,Slide Guitar
Adam Price Acoustic Guitar,Bass,Piano,Tambourine,Vocals,Hand Clapping,Tubular Bells,Kettle Drums
Corey Sims Trumpet
Technical CreditsChris Stamey Producer,Engineer
Tim Harper Engineer
Ron Liberti Artwork
Mark Weddington Graphic Design
Mathew McMichaels Engineer
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Summertown based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Mayflies USA first caught my attention when I saw them live. I picked up this album and by the third time I listened to it I was singing along, blasting it on my car stereo with the windows down. I have avoided the alternative/pop genre for years, but this album renewed my faith. The song writing is really interesting as well. They remind me of the Connells in some respects but shouldn't be compared to other bands ad nauseum - their sound is unique. Buy it!!!!!