Summer Camp are married couple, Jeremy Warmsley and Elizabeth Sankey, who formed in 2009 and released their debut album Welcome To Condale in 2011. As their second, self-titled album comes out this week, they chat about their lives and music.
THE ALBUM SOUNDS BRIGHTER THAN YOUR DEBUT, WHICH WAS HAZY IN TONE. IS THAT A BIG DECISION?
Jeremy: A lot of that is down to Stephen, who, as you might expect for someone who produced records by The Smiths and Blur, is very good at his job. Aside from that, it comes from being a lot more direct than we were on the debut.
On that album we had characters we inhabited, and it was about a fictional neighbourhood. When you don’t do that and start writing about reality, it can’t help but sound clearer.
Elizabeth: On the first album we were so adamant it was going to sound hazy, but now we don’t want to be lo-fi or anything. We used analogue equipment, but not in the same way.
YOU ARE MARRIED NOW. DO YOU AGREE ON WRITING MORE PERSONAL LYRICS AND WHEN DID YOU DECIDE THAT WOULD HAPPEN?
Jeremy: Initially, we were going to carry on the concept of the first album, with the characters moving to the city from their sleepy neighbourhood – but we thankfully decided against it and realised it was nonsense.
Elizabeth: We went to see the LCD Soundsystem film and it made us realise something; we’re never going to be like David Bowie and have some concept that we create and live inside for two years. The alternative, like James Murphy from LCD Soundsystem, is to create something authentic and be yourself. It then seemed really strange that we weren’t talking about being married.
THE SONG FIGHTERS IS ABOUT A COUPLE IN AN ABUSIVE RELATIONSHIP. THAT’S NOT PERSONAL IS IT?
Elizabeth: No! My mum said she loved the album but wanted to talk to me about Fighters. It’s a metaphor for a couple having a verbal row.
YOU WERE IN RUSSIA RECENTLY, AND YOU TOUR ALL OVER EUROPE. DO YOU ENJOY THAT?
Jeremy: Well, we were in Russia before all the gay rights violations came to light, so I don’t think we’ll be back there any time soon.
Elizabeth: We love touring in Italy because we love the food, and Paris is especially good when we go to France. Germany always has the best riders. Everything you ask for. Last time we were in Germany it was Easter and they got us Easter eggs, which was lovely.
Summer Camp begin a UK tour on November 17.