Ethereal dream pop to illuminate Sophia’s Thai Kitchen

By From page A11 | August 28, 2014


John and Bridgette Seasons are the main focus of Haunted Summer, a self-described "ethereal dream pop" band. They will be playing at Sophia's Thai Kitchen on Thursday, Aug. 28.

When John and Bridgette Seasons were drawing Tarot cards to divine the nature of their upcoming tour, they pulled the six of pentacles — a sign that when you have something extra to give, you should.

“It’s kind of about being generous and taking what you have and putting as much of it out there for other people,” Bridgette said in a recent interview with The Davis Enterprise. “The more you spread, the more will come back to you.”

It’s an encouraging message for their band, Haunted Summer, which opens their national tour at Sophia’s Thai Kitchen on Thursday, Aug. 28, with Yassou Benedict. The show costs $5, starts at 9 p.m. and is restricted to those 21 and older.

Haunted Summer plays “ethereal, psychedelic dream pop” that relies on ambience and emotional tone to connect to listeners, John said. Much of the inspiration for their material comes from a desire to revisit childhood innocence and to break from the past.

“A lot of it is trying to help ourselves and others to deal with our lives,” he said.

The couple’s union in both marriage and in Haunted Summer comes from the stifled creativity of the past that they learned to express with one another, they said. While struggling with their music in other bands, they became friends, then lovers, as they learned to find solace in one another and to write more honestly and collaboratively.

“It’s a complete baring of our souls to one another,” Bridgette said of Haunted Summer’s writing process.

Haunted Summer played Davis before, in April, and while here they took the time to hit up Armadillo Records, where they scooped up maybe 50 cassette tapes, Bridgette said. For the restaurants and the music alone, they’re excited to come back.

Each show on their tour is very different than their studio recordings (which can be found at https://hauntedsummer.bandcamp.com/album/something-in-the-water). They take an even more ethereal approach for shows, adding more vocal loops while lighting up the stage to induce more psychedelic feelings.

They will be joined by Bill Sanderson on bass and clarinet, and Spencer Lere on drums.

For more information, visit sophiasthaikitchen.com.

Anthony Siino

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