Interview: Summer Camp

Summer Camp are more than just a great band to us. They've provided us with many-a-chuckles at their fun and quirky social media posts and their comments on women in the music industry have made us pause for thought. All of this, on top of their amazing tunes, has made us super excited for their show here this weekend! We got in touch with Jeremy from the band to catch up before the show...

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Your album came out earlier this year and since then you’ve played an abundance of shows and festivals. How has the new stuff been received? And how have the summer shows been?

It's been great! A particular highlight was a festival in Brescia, Italy called Musical Zoo. The pizza! Oh, the pizza.

Your social media posts always keep us entertained. How important do you think Facebook, Instagram etc are for the music industry these days?

It's just another way to communicate with the people who are interested in your music. Pop music is about so much more than just the tunes - we like to try to make a whole world for our songs to live in and social media is a big part of that.

Elizabeth wrote a great piece for The Guardian recently about women in the music industry, which highlighted some pretty shameful examples of sexism. It clearly exists, but do you think it’s getting better than it was?

I don't have direct first-hand experience of this very real & difficult issue. It does seem like it's definitely a lot better than it was in, say, the 70s - the awful experiences of Jackie Fox of the Runaways being particularly illustrative - but there's still a long way to go. In particular we always find it bananas how few women there are in bands and in technical positions in venues - we can count the number of female sound engineers we've worked with on the fingers of one hand.

You’ve played in Nottingham before a few times and we are the last of your shows in the UK. What can we expect?

Without giving too much away - the new album, Bad Love, is heavily influenced by 90s horror movies & teen horror fiction, and that's definitely made its way through to the live show...

Sounds interesting, we look forward to it!

Summer Camp play The Bodega this Sunday 4th October. Tickets are available here.