Discover The Undiscovered: The Record Summer
By Staff on March 6, 2012
The Record Summer (TRS) mixes the lush arrangements and vocal style of Sufjan Stevens with Shoegaze atmospherics, equally inspired by Midlake and The Cure. Singer and songwriter Bret Rodysill moved to New York at 19. He was quickly playing CBGBs and other iconic New York venues before leaving for Europe to play shows throughout France and Spain. Upon his return to the US, he began work with drummer Dave West on a new group called The Record Summer. The resulting EP was powerful enough that in 2011, The Record Summer became one of only two US bands to receive an at large bid to Primavera Sound 2011 in Barcelona. The Record Summer continued shows in New York City, including the 2011 CMJ Music Marathon, and has been invited to perform as an official showcasing artist at South by Southwest 2012 in Austin, TX. Joined by Dave Smith on bass and Anthony Rubbo on lead guitar in addition to West, in 2012 the band continues to write and record songs for their next album, with upcoming shows in New York City and the group’s first tour in the United Kingdom.
Who are your main influences?
My main influences are people like The Cure and Sufjan Stevens, but I also really like a lot of late 80s/early 90s R&B--New Jack Swing sort of stuff. I think that influenced me melodically somehow. The first tape I ever bought was the Top Gun soundtrack. Judging from home videos, I was also pretty into Cutting Crew, apparently.
How did you meet?
I met my drummer Dave West a couple of years ago through a friend, when I was owed some studio time at Dave's studio for playing a show for my friend. Dave thought I was going to come in, play some shitty covers, and leave, but I played all originals, he liked them, we made a demo, and then started making a record. The other guys and I also met through friends.
What is your biggest achievement as a band to date?
Biggest achievement: We were one of two bands from the U.S. to get an at large bid to Primavera Sound in Barcelona last year. It gave us a lot of new exposure in Europe, plus it was pretty damn cool.
Where did the band name originate?
The band name came from a line in a poem I wrote in college. When I was thinking of names, I emailed my friend Vanessa and asked her to go through some of my old poems to look for phrases that seemed to represent the feeling I was going for. She picked out something from a poem where I was describing a summer where everything just sort of seemed to happen at once. That's what I was feeling when I wrote a lot of these songs. Granted, not everything that happened was good, but some was.
I'm into stuff that sounds like the 80s--Washed Out and Cut Copy, for instance, but also really raw music like The Tallest Man on Earth. It's almost bloody. I think that sort of explains where my music comes from. It's a mix of synths and atmospherics, but with a raw sensibility, I hope.
Plans to Tour?
We are currently planning a tour in the UK for later in the year, after SXSW, and should be all over the U.S. too.
Plans for next release?
I am almost finished with the new material for the full LP, which we are looking to release later in the year with wider distribution.