We have a huge crush on Summer Camp here at Sick of the Radio. Now that their new EP Young is out, we tracked them down and asked them a few questions. Any band that thinks Duckie is “one of the best characters ever created” is more than awesome by us… so obviously our crush on them just got even bigger.
SICK OF THE RADIO: Most kids have fond memories of their summer camp days; is that the origin of your name, or is it something else?
SUMMER CAMP: We both went to Summer Camp, but we don’t really have great memories about it. Elizabeth went to a girl guide one where she got really embarrassingly homesick while Jeremy went to one where they had to draft in other people to do drama with him. So the name was more because we thought it fitted with the music we were making.
SICK OF THE RADIO: Based on your album covers and your blog, you seem to have a soft spot for old photos. Are the photos of family and friends, or of random people that you just happened to come across at some point?
SUMMER CAMP: We have a huge collection of old photos that we use on the blog, hundreds and hundreds of them. We don’t know any of the people featured, which is kind of weird, but also amazing. We just chose them all on their individual merits.
SICK OF THE RADIO: You sound like how the 1980’s looked. Despite the obvious references to Say Anything, Sixteen Candles and Heathers on your new EP Young, can you give us your top five favorite 80’s movies?
SUMMER CAMP: Ahh, this is tricky. Probably, and in no particular order:
1. Pretty In Pink – mainly because it features James Spader being a class A snob, and because Duckie is one of the best characters ever created. Those clothes, that lip syncing, why didn’t dumb old Andie pick him?
2. Back To The Future 1, 2 and 3 – Do we really need to explain this choice?
3. Uncle Buck – John Candy at his inimitable best, plus it features an adorable Macaulay Culkin who is now one of our favourite actors.
4. Legend – One of Tom Cruise’s first films, this has everything – unicorns, the Lord of Darkness, and the girl from Ferris Bueller.
5. Wall Street – We watched this the other day and it’s full of amazing zeitgeist quotes like “Money itself isn’t lost or made, it’s simply transferred from one perception to another. ” Yeah. Deep.
SICK OF THE RADIO: While we’re on the topic of movies from the 80’s, if you could have provided the soundtrack to any John Hughes film, what would it have been?
SUMMER CAMP: All the soundtracks are already so perfect. But if we had to choose, probably breakfast club. We would have given the weird girl her own theme tune.
SICK OF THE RADIO: What bands would you consider your musical soulmates?
SUMMER CAMP: The bands we wish we could consider our soulmates are bands like Fleetwood Mac, Beach Boys, Cocteau Twins, Altered Images, Wild Nothing, Spectrals, The Go Go’s. And the people are Ariel Pink, Kate Bush and David Bowie.
SICK OF THE RADIO: You’ve just finished playing a show. What’s the first thing you do?
SUMMER CAMP: Have a hug and reassure each other that it was ok.
SICK OF THE RADIO: Any plans to make your way west for an extensive North American tour?
SUMMER CAMP: Definitely, we should hopefully be out there sometime next year. We. Can’t. Wait.
By: Amanda Chatel
Now dance to this – “Round the Moon,” from Young: