Okay, so it's day three of my week of trying to recommend music to other people. Since yesterday was dedicated to my home country I decided to do the same thing today, but with hamburger land instead of Ikea land. The Arizona desert, to be more specific.
I'm about 99% sure there's something special about Arizona. I don't know if it's the air, the water or the dry heat, but there must be something about it that results in great bands with great music. I've already gotten The Maine out of the way, so now I am moving on to another. I discovered their music quite randomly, clicking around on Spotify and I ended up finding a band I'd never heard of prior: The Summer Set. Curiosity got the best of me, I listened to a track, can't remember which song it was, and I was hooked instantly. The catchy tunes and Brian Dales' unique voice, that I'm practically in love with, was initially what drew me in.
I strongly believe that music has the power of saving lives. I've never been at the point where I've been suicidal, but I have definitely had music help me in terms of just dealing with things in life that have been a bit difficult, or just put me in a better mood. The Summer Set has become my go-to band whenever I'm in a bad mood. Their music helped me tremendeously in 2012 when my grandfather was diagnosed with cancer and passed away just a few months after his diagnosis. Their song Begin Again, which is still one of my favorites by them, is most likely one of the three songs I listened to the most last year.
Last year, I think it was early March, I had this idea that I'd fly to Amsterdam barely a month later to see them on tour with We are the in crowd. I followed through with said idea, and it's one of the best decision I've ever made. The show was absolutely incredible, I got to meet some amazing people, including Brian, John and Josh of the band. Super nice guys. Pictures were taken. I still have an awkward video of me trying to take a picture of John together with my friend with her iPhone, that was set on video without me realizing and there's a 12 second video of me trying to turn it off. I'm usually the asshole that wears other band's merch to shows, for some reason. It's not something I deliberately do, it just sort of happens. On this day I wore a Bruce Springsteen shirt, which Brian complimented me on. That whole day and evening is just something I'll remember and cherish for the rest of my life.
If you haven't gotten the gist of these posts already, I really think you should check out their music, they're an incredible band. Check them out on Spotify, buy their music on iTunes or go see them on tour this fall. Just make sure that you take a look at them. You won't regret it, I promise.