Jeff Rosenstock
Summer Seven Club


3.5
great

Review

by Paul Golden USER (18 Reviews)
February 10th, 2014 | 36 replies | 1,279 views


Release Date: 06/25/2013 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Summer Seven Club is a fantastic collection of beach rock influenced rock songs, with a distinct Jeff Rosenstock touch.

Jeff Rosenstock is a Brooklyn-er who writes songs about being broke, drunk, depressed, happy, in love, out of love, lazy, and riding bikes.

Summer Seven Club? Well, it's an EP about all those things - except drenched in the summer sun.

The EP was a multi-month project by Jeff, who asked for money up front with the promise of 7 songs by the end of summer, and a 7" with two songs after it was all over. We were promised a collection of songs to capture that beautiful feeling of summer, and that's exactly what Jeff delivered to us here.

The songs here all seem to capture a different feeling of summer. The bouncy synthesizers and Beach Boys influenced vocal harmonies on the first track "Not Too Soon", a Throwing Muses Cover, along with the rolling drums capture almost perfectly the aesthetic feeling of summer. The slow "I Always Dread the End of Summer" seems bogged down in the hazey, groggy Brooklyn sun, with strangely optimistic and motivated lyrics towards the end of the track. (So I made a plan to take some action/I wanted to look back on my stupid life with some pride/I breathed deep this air of self-satisfaction) The reverberated guitars and beach rock influenced guitars aren't anything particularly noteworthy or new, but for what they're worth, on this EP they seem to fit perfectly.

The chorus of "Eastern Coast" uses the vocal melody from Billy Joel's "We Didn't Start the Fire" and coincidentally, just as Billy Joel's song mapped out his life, Jeff's song write out his. Mind you, not in the same way. Where Billy Joel did his story historically, Jeff does his, well, generally. "Eastern Coast" is a simple song that seems to capture everything Jeff is about. His fears, his love of life, his love of friendship, and drinking. Jeff sings over the beach rock (I understand it's a summer EP, but some variation would have been nice) guitars "Sometimes I get distracted by the nagging fear that/The future that I'm building ain't the future that I want/So when I come up from the depths of anxiety/Meet me at the ocean with your swim trunks on." I have the suspicion that this song is a tweaked B-side off of Vacation, though to be honest this notion could be applied to any of the original tracks off of this EP.

"Nausea" is the last song I want to comment on, as Jeff noted that this is a striped down version of a song he wanted to record full-band. Though it seems an obligatory acoustic track is included in most of Jeff's release, this song is probably my favorite song off the EP. It's a much needed break from the assault of reverberated guitars, and is really balances off the second half of the release (the Neil Young cover is probably my least favorite track, though the closing Fiona Apple cover is a great closer).

Overall, Jeff Rosenstock put together an above average collection of sun soaked songs. Though the sounds heard here aren't particularly original (there's no stand out song, and aside from the bleep-bloops on the closer, no sticky beats), and the reverberated beach rock guitars tend to get a little old after the first four tracks, it still doesn't detract from the overall style nor the musicianship that went into it. It's distinctly Jeff, and I feel that's the best compliment I can give to it.

ASIDE: For some reason (which is kind of unclear to me) Jeff released the 7" with two songs that don't appear on the downloadable version of this EP. The first song on the physical release is "Teenager" and is immediately noticed as much better produced than any of the songs on Summer Seven Club, it's also a fantastic song that would have been a great inclusion to the online version of this release. The second song is "Go On Get" which sounds like an improved and more optimistic version of "I Always Dread the End of Summer", why Jeff didn't make the choice to cut two songs off the non-physical release and put these on is beyond me.



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Breaded
February 10th 2014



45 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

You can listen to the two songs off of the 7", along with "Eastern Coast" and the Neil Young cover here:

https://soundcloud.com/reallyrecords

I'm trying to find a stream of the EP itself so hold tight.


mryrtmrnfoxxxy
February 10th 2014



11673 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

i need this

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Kman418
February 11th 2014



9804 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

yo this finally got a review sick

Digging: Joyce Manor - Never Hungover Again

deathschool
May 9th 2014



5984 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Burn the building down, get stoned, and fuck tonight.

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Rowan5215
May 9th 2014



24415 Comments


Yeah this rules need to hear the bonus tracks though

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deathschool
May 9th 2014



5984 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

The bonus tracks is the majority of the cd from my file download.


Rowan5215
May 9th 2014



24415 Comments


Oh yeah I have them all cos I downloaded this from the Quote Unquote website only listened to the two songs though
But yeah two song-single with seven bonus tracks does seem a tad strange

deathschool
May 9th 2014



5984 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I have no idea why he did it like that. I dig this, but I think I Look Like Shit is better.

Rowan5215
May 9th 2014



24415 Comments


Yeah well ten songs versus two songs bit hard for me to judge but Go Get is a hard fucking jam
QUIT YOUR JOOOOOOB AND GO OUTSIIIIIIIDE

dimsim3478
May 9th 2014



4714 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

The reason there's seven bonus tracks is because "Teenager" and "Go On Get" were initially released as a 7" single and if you bought the single you would get the seven bonus tracks sent to you one at a time (via a poorly hidden link that everyone else could access lol) every little while in the fashion of one of those old record label "song of the month" clubs or something. Essentially they just form another mixtape, but I prefer I Look Like Shit because it plays better than this from front to back.

Digging: Joyce Manor - Never Hungover Again

Rowan5215
May 9th 2014



24415 Comments


Haha damn that's actually a pretty cool idea. Still yeah does kinda seem to negate the whole point if he just puts everything for download on Quote Unquote but hey not complaining

dimsim3478
May 9th 2014



4714 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

They weren't available to everyone for ages but that's just Jeff, man. He's all about everything being free for everyone, even if it's not straight away. btw he has a Bandcamp page if you guys want this in FLAC. Also I'm not sure if there's any more solo singles out there but he put out two called "Beers Again, Alone" and also a Night Birds cover of "Neon Grey" if you cannot get enough of Jeffffffffffffff

Rowan5215
May 9th 2014



24415 Comments


Yeah of course dude I wasn't complaining
More Jeff pls

mryrtmrnfoxxxy
May 9th 2014



11673 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

will jam today

Kman418
May 10th 2014



9804 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

eastern coast is one of the best songs he's ever written//better than like 90% of btmi songs

deathschool
May 10th 2014



5984 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

The songs on here are mostly all of quality. It just has no flow.

Kris.
May 13th 2014



12139 Comments


woah what the motherfuck. ive had this for months and the copy i downloaded only had go on get and teenager on it

what the fuck

mryrtmrnfoxxxy
May 13th 2014



11673 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

lol dumb kris idiot guy

Kris.
May 13th 2014



12139 Comments


awh dang it

mryrtmrnfoxxxy
May 13th 2014



11673 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

just now jamming tbh so you're not too far behind kris



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