December 19, 2014
by Bryne Yancey

Knowing Spencer Dorsey, it’s a little hard to believe he’d start a band with a name as inherently dour as No Summer. Spence is something of a rarity in Philadelphia: He’s unrelentingly optimistic, perpetually jovial, endlessly kind. There doesn’t appear to be a surly bone in his body. That disposition undoubtedly seeps its way into No Summer’s music.

You might recognize Spence from Jumper Cable; he’s also Beach Slang’s occasional second guitarist. (He’s usually the guy giving frontman James Snyder a run for his money in terms of sheer motion and facial animation.) He started No Summer about a year ago, with Joel Tannenbaum (Plow United/Ex-Friends) handling bass duties on the band’s eponymous debut EP and JP Flexner (Beach Slang) on drums. Going forward, the lineup will feature Spence and Beach Slang’s rhythm section of bassist Ed McNulty and Flexner.

The artwork for the LP is compiled from a 1979 scrapbook owned by Spence’s mom. Regarding that aesthetic, he told me, “[it] celebrates a few simple, largely known yet eternally cool key factors: the ‘70s were a decade that photographed well; Our parents all partied, hard; We all wonder what our parents were like when they were our age. We all can’t blink when we find out; And some people exist only in photo albums, not in current times. I suppose they are called legends." 

"Our stories of youth and those of our parents are parallel and in many ways, completely the same,” he added.

The four songs on the EP are bright and tightly-wound, with Spence’s smooth, catchy vocals and hard-charging guitar leads setting the tone for much of it. It’s classic Car Stereo Punk, infectious but never too cloying, digestible but hardly forgettable. It’s a reminder that what’s new is old; what worked then can still work. You can hear one of the songs, “…In Technicolor,” below and pre-order the EP on 12-inch vinyl here.