Summer Camp’s debut album, Welcome to Condale, is like something that dropped directly out of John Hughes’s mind. So perfect is it in its referencing of 80s teen movies, culture and music that it makes you want to bunk off work/school and claim to be the Sausage King of Chicago. We caught up with one half of the band, Jeremy Warmsley, for a bit of a Call Back.
Bowlegs: Which album has been a major influence in your life, and why?
Jeremy: Fleetwood Mac’s Mirage. We found this on 12″ in a charity shop. It’s not very well known for some reason, but it sounds amazing to us. As good as Rumours and loads better than Tango In The Night. There’s a song on it called Only Over You which is absolutely essential listening.
Bowlegs: What was the last album you bought?
Jeremy: Bombay Bicycle Club’s A Different Kind of Fix.
Bowlegs: Which bands have you been listening to this week?
Jeremy: A Motown compilation, LCD Soundsystem and Gas – all amazing driving music.
Bowlegs: Name an up-and-coming band Bowlegs should look out for?
Jeremy: Theme Park. Their bassist Louis used to play keyboards with us live and they’re brilliant.
Bowlegs: What was the last gig you went to?
Jeremy: Emmy The Great at the Cecil Sharpe House in London. She’s amazing live.
Bowlegs: Who is the best band you have ever shared a bill with?
Jeremy: Probably Metronomy. They’re just fantastic – Joe Mount is a genius.
Bowlegs: What was the first gig you ever went to, and who did you go with?
Jeremy: Michael Jackson, with my parents when I was eight. Incredible!
Bowlegs: What made you realise that being a musician was the career of choice?
Jeremy: For me it was reading a book by Iain Banks, Espedair St.
Bowlegs: What is your favourite music documentary?
Jeremy: Anvil, which is about a metal band from the 80s that never quite made it but kept going anyway. It’s very touching.
Bowlegs: What was the last film you saw, and was it any good?
Jeremy: We re-watched the original Star Wars films recently. Amazing!
Bowlegs: Name three great books Bowlegs must read?
Jeremy: Skippy Dies by Paul Murray; We, The Drowned by Carsten Jensen; and Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier.
Bowlegs: What do you see when you look in the mirror?
Jeremy: A pair of wallies.
Bowlegs: Name a song that takes you back to a certain time in your life?
Jeremy: Paul Simon’s Graceland. Instantly I’m nine and on holiday with my family.
Bowlegs: What is your favourite album cover of all time?
Jeremy: Sniff The Glove by Spinal Tap.
Bowlegs: What was the last thing that made you laugh out loud?
Jeremy: An American TV show called Community.
Bowlegs: Do you think music videos are important and do you like making them?
Jeremy: Yes absolutely. We’ve been privileged to work with some very talented filmmakers.
Bowlegs: Are albums still important or is it more about individual tracks?
Jeremy: I think the ideal thing is to make an album full of great individual tracks! I love listening to albums the whole way through, but I know a lot of people just listen to a few tracks at a time. Both are good.
Bowlegs: What do you have planned for the next six months?
Jeremy: We are touring the UK and Europe and then writing the next album!
Bowlegs: What is on your iPod?
Jeremy: Right now, Milk Man by Deerhoof.