Summer Wars as a band are still somewhat early on, so to play such renowned festivals like South By South West, and So What?! Fest so soon in our career was amazing. We are from Raleigh, NC so we drove down to Austin, Texas and played a show case on a Saturday night for our booking agency Circle Talent Agency. It was right downtown on 6th street at a place called The Dirty Dog, it was a 500 capacity venue and it was basically sold out, absolutely the biggest show we had played up until that point.
The next day we drove up to Dallas, TX to play So What?! Fest, we actually played a smaller acoustic stage on the 2nd day of the festival. It was nice playing a more stripped down set in front of a smaller intimate crowd, and it actually worked out well because we had just released our Acoustic EP the week prior.
Overall it was a fun weekend, we met tons of awesome new fans, bands, and industry people. It was definitely the most impactful shows we have played so far and we are super grateful we got the chance to play them.
Formed in Raleigh, NC in early 2015, Summer Wars was initially born as an expression of frustration and disillusionment. Founded by vocalist Tripp Rowe, the project quickly took on a life of its own when Rowe joined forces with Phillip Wilson (who would go on to take over full time drumming duties) before enlisting the help of nationally renowned Seth Henderson (Knuckle Puck, Real Friends).
With the additions of Noah Whiteman on guitar and Brett Caldwell on bass, Summer Wars take elements of summery 00’s pop-punk and combine it with a gilt-edged instrumental emphasis. “Better Days” guides the listener through four upbeat and hook-laden anthems. Whilst maintaining an assertive delivery, Summer Wars prescribe to the school of thought that pop-punk music should still be heartfelt, hook heavy and carefree, belying their less than 12 months as a band with an accomplished debut release and one which sets a high bar for future work.
To hear more from the band, you can purchase a CD here.