Well, the warm rays and relaxing days of summer are still a ways away, but with Neil Jarvis‘ new teaser of his forthcoming album, we can at least pretend it’s here already. “Halloween Summer” is the newest track out from Manchester England based band, Neil Jarvis, and is the title track off their upcoming album by the same name, out this May via On the Grind.
Now, with only 139 likes on Facebook at the time of this writing, it’s most likely you don’t know who Neil Jarvis is. Neil Jarvis, William Woodhouse-Banks, Mark Stevenson, and Stuart Glover make up the band Neil Jarvis (as opposed to the man, I think only Neil makes that up). They are a new band, first album only came out 2 years ago, but this “youth of band” does not detract from their talent at all. Their music is a blend of surf rock and psychedelia usually referred to as hypnagogic rock. Here’s an example: their song “Figure it Out” from their debut album Weekends.
Halloween Summer will be the band’s second album, who draw influences from bands such as Real Estate, Pavement, Silver Jews and others. Last week I briefly talked with Jarvis about the album and the band in general, and you can read his response below as well as another great track off his debut album. Jarvis and his band are definitely some guys to keep on you radar. They’re doing some really awesome stuff and aren’t slowing down anytime soon. Don’t forget to look for Halloween Summer this May!
Neil Jarvis on influences, Halloween Summer, and the band:
“My main inspiration is bands like Neil Young, Pavement, The Feelies, Real Estate,Sun Araw. We played a gig last year with Bob Nastanovich from Pavement who joined us on stage for a song – (we asked him if he would), and that was highlight, I’m a big fan of Pavement and Silver Jews, and they are big influences…
…This album is much more the sound of a band playing together, unlike the first album ‘Weekends’ which was myself getting my friends in to play on songs. I got a permanent band together last year and it’s definitely added something extra to it. There’s more conventional pop songs on this album and less of the ambient experimental stuff, but it still has some [experimentation] in the sound.”