Cruel Summer

The first half of 2013 has been a monumental six months for Cruel Summer. The jangle pop band completed their debut 12” EP, played the Noise Pop Festival, and snowballed some buzz along the way as we all waited for the record to be pressed. As it sometimes goes with anything D.I.Y., it can take independent record labels a little longer to press records than it does for major labels – and thus after a few months of waiting, Los Angeles based label Mt. St. Mtn. has finally finished pressing Cruel Summer’s self-titled EP.

The result is well worth the wait. The music on the EP is just what the local scene has been missing – a heavy, shoegaze-infused pop that creates a wall of fuzz as effectively as it does a wave of gentle ‘90s nostalgia. Then there’s the equally appealing presentation of the record, something usually neglected on a band’s first EP. It’s a 12” instead of 10”, which is great. The outer casing is die-cut with a C and S on either side, revealing a splash of tropical color over black beneath. And here’s the kicker – the artwork is done by Jay Howell, a native SF cartoonist, friend to Cruel Summer and Mt. St. Mtn., animator of Bob’s Burgers and overall a local hero.

Like most vinyl records, the Cruel Summer EP comes with a digital download, plus it also comes with an unreleased bonus track “Leeches”, which we’re premiering right here. You can hear the track below before you can hear it anywhere else.

Of course, the best time to hear “Leeches” is live in person at Cruel Summer’s record release show on Friday, June 28th at The Makeout Room. The band will be supported by a fairly new Oakland based group, Tears Club.

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Cruel Summer, Tears Club
Makeout Room
June 28, 2013
7:30pm, $8