Italian rockers Sittingthesummerout tell us tomorrow’s launch of their second EP marks “the real beginning” of their true identity. The band, who released their debut just a few months after forming, fuse emotional post-hardcore rock with spoken word vocals that they describe to us as “honest (kinda), desperate, and our outlet.”
The Milanese quintet first formed through vocalist Samir Batista helping out Luca Della Foglia (guitars and backing vocals) and Andrea Daniele (drums) with shows for their previous pop-punk band, and becoming good friends then starting a new band with a spoken word element to it. They created their first EP over a couple of months, then added Cristina Lietti on bass and Dimitri Sironi on guitar to form the true Sittingthesummerout identity.
And that will be revealed to the world in all it’s glory with the launch of second EP Brick and Mortar tomorrow, on which Samir told us: “We couldn’t be more happy! You should expect something different. There’s post-hardcore bands, there’s bands and artists that do spoken word, but we try to make sure we always bring something new to the table, and hopefully listeners will agree once they listen to the full product.”
It’s true that Sittingthesummerout bring us something different to anything else out there, with often gloomy sounding spoken word sections flowing into emo meets post-hardcore rock-outs.
The perfect representation of this is the EP’s opening track, Nothing Changes in Baltimore. It starts with light guitars then spoken word vocals come in over the top, a brief pause gives way to heavier guitars and emo-like vocals as the pace picks up dramatically, then drops down into another spoken word verse with really cool vocals: “New York holds a discontented communist, A careless vagabond from New Orleans, And a young artist he’s selling watercolours, Some day soon in Paris we’ll reminisce about nights like this, The nostalgia of our youth on the eve of a new year.” Then floaty guitars continue briefly, only to be smashed open by huge guitars and screamed vocals as it goes all post-hardcore on us, then strained vocals that reminisce of early Taking Back Sunday take over to bring the track to a close.
Samir tells us the track was inspired by a year he spent living in America, explaining: “We were driving through Baltimore – possibly the gloomiest city on earth in my eyes – when I came to the realisation that you can always run from your problems but they’ll never stop following you.”
Next, It Won’t Rain Forever opens with drawn out guitar chords then light flickering guitars under a spoken word verse, with vocals that gradually build in intensity towards a singalong chorus supported by big guitar chords. A pause is followed by heavier guitars and screamed vocals, which ends on a light floaty guitar lick that flows into a final hit of heaviness with almost shouted vocals.
Permanence opens with angsty spoken vocals with a big bassline and twinkling guitars, that return after a brief sung section. A lone sung line “Please don’t write about me, You let it trickle out from my skull, Why would you write about me, Your words mean nothing” are the cue for a huge emo screamo section repeating the same words with far more angst, then glittery guitars follow in a really cool instrumental outro.
The EP ends with the excellent To Those Concerned, which opens with gloomy sounding spoken word. The guitars pick up as we near a heavy chorus with cool drawn-out vocals supporting Samir’s more shouty lead, then drops down into light guitars over a fun spoken verse. A brief spoken bridge follows, ending on the line: “There’s a million ways this could end, A thousand more we could restart and retrace” that gave way to a shoutier, heavier chorus. Check it out in the video below:
The EP does a good job of portraying what inspired it, with Samir explaining it covers “the themes of rejection and deception, the obstacles we face in life, coming to terms with what goes on, and how to become a better person.”
It sounds gloomy, fed up and even angry at the world, which is mainly due to the angsty feel of Samir’s spoken vocal style and the lyrics themselves – perfectly summed up for me by the lyrics from the seconf verse of To Those Concerned: “We thought that we changed the world, We ran out of coffee and I’m falling asleep, Slowly but surely I’m falling asleep.” But the EP is hugely enjoyable with delicious contrasts between atmospheric, meodic sections and truly heavy smash-ups and the leaps between spoken word and big emo meets post-hardcore sound. Sittingthesummerout have offered something truly unique that makes it more enjoyable with every listen, and we think you’re going to love their new identity.
When we ask Samir to describe their sound, he tells us: “You should see me trying to explain what kind of music we play to relatives whose knowledge of rock and alt begins and ends with The Rolling Stones and Satisfaction! What I usually say to them is: take rock music in a minor key, add some sort of ‘prose / spoken word’ and some really catchy choruses to it (although that is not always the case), and they might kind of get it.”
This is the latest in a string of great bands we’ve met hailing from Italy, on which Samir tells us: “Oh heck yeah, we definitely have some great bands, and a lot of those we’re happy to call our friends! I’m a big fan of punk rock, and there’s tons of bands here that are great – we share our practice space with our good friends Westmoor who are incredible and are currently on tour in the UK.
“There’s I Like Allie, Luca plays in that band too, and they’re this mix of The Get Up Kids and The Gaslight Anthem and their debut EP is just awesome. There’s a few great pop punk bands around like Why Everyone Left who’ve been touring Europe and the UK for the past couple of years at this point, there’s What We Lost who play quality melodic hardcore not far from Counterparts, and many more, I could go on for hours.”
The band is starting to book in shows for 2018, which should hopefully include a stint in the UK before the end of Spring. They’re already busy writing new songs, in Samir’s words, “because we’re probably more inspired than we’ve ever been.”