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PLAYLIST: CURATED BY SOUTH SUMMIT

South Summit's 10 Sonic Inspirations for Creatures

Image: Sarah Haleem

Indie four-piece South Summit recently shared their sophomore EP Creatures. To celebrate the release, the band have curated an exclusive playlist for MILKY, full of tracks that inspired the release.


"The EP itself is a collection of all these songs we’ve been making as individual pieces, into one body of work. It’s a token of appreciation to the fans who have supported us through a huge year, a release that defines the last year of our journey as a band. Going from a local band in the Perth scene to growing to find some recognition nationally, we’d like to thank all of those who helped us get there.” the band share.


This EP was done in blocks of days in the studio spread out months apart, usually working on 1-2 songs at a time. This allowed us to focus strongly on each song as its own piece of work. The majority of the recording was done with our go-to producer Dave Parkin at Blackbird Studios in Perth, we love his process of recording and it seemed to really click with us as a band. While on tour in Sydney we realized we had a bit of free time in the week so we came to an agreement to record with Callum Howell at Forbes Street Studios in Sydney."


The band have today announced their headline tour, bringing along SLIM JIMZ. Kicking off in Newcastle on March 3, the run of shows will continue on to Mount Panorama, Byron Bay, Brisbane, Sydney, Wollongong, Melbourne, Hobart and Perth, before wrapping up in Margaret River on April 15. Tickets are on sale now!




RUNNING - LAB

LAB’s sound is a big sonic inspiration of ours, more so in Running. Their punchy drums, big bass sound and skanking guitars really influenced our reggae tracks off Creatures EP. One of the tightest sounding reggae bands out there at the moment.



FLY AWAY - SLIM JIMZ

One of the best local bands out there at the moment. The mix and instrumentation of their tracks is great and we had their songs on repeat while recording Creatures EP. Fly Away is a really gentle yet powerful piece, which is what we tried to bring when recording River Days. Had the pleasure of touring with those boys on multiple occasions and it’s a pleasure sharing the stage with them.



SPIES - COLDPLAY

Coldplay’s anthemic songs is one thing we heavily referenced, specifically in Tired of Waiting. They are a great band for making a catchy, singalong tune which really resonates with a crowd, which is what we tried to bring with ‘ired of Waiting.



HAPPY SAD - OCEAN ALLEY

Ocean Alley is a big influence in the overall sound of Creatures EP. Happy Sad has a slow build that ascends into a huge ending which is something we think influenced us when writing and recording Yaluu. Our track Yaluu also comes from a very strong emotional place, talking about some very personal issues, so having this sense of emotion come through in the music was very important to us.



WOLFPACK - VANILLA GORILLA

We first stumbled across Vanilla Gorilla a few years back and really dug their vibe. The track Wolfpack is really a really fun, rock reggae tune that is similar to Runaway and a lot more we love to jam in the rehearsal room. Sonically, this influenced us because it was one of the tunes we were most listening to while recording the EP.



ALL IS ON MY SIDE - SAM FENDER

This track is another one that was on repeat during the recording process. The guitar tones was a big reference for the solo in Tired of Waiting, and just the general vibe and feel is something that we really like jamming as a band.



BE THE SAME - MAKO ROAD

Be The Same is a track we all enjoy and influenced the recording of a few tracks off Creatures, more so Changes. It’s got a really nice laid back vibe with clean guitar licks, a beachy atmosphere, just a song that you can really cruise to.



CLOSER - KINGS OF LEON

Closer is one of those tracks that really experiments with different tones. We played around with many similar effects while recording Creatures EP, specifically using atmospheric guitars to fill the sound and mix. This is heard in the solo for Changes and Yaluu more specifically. We also used many unique tones in the introduction track Yaama where Zaya sang into microphonic pickups of a guitar to create that ambient scream which you can hear.



GOODBYE ANGELS - RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS

Chili Peppers’ rock vibe is something we’ve always loved playing in the rehearsal room and something that we tried to bring sonically into Promise Me. The ending with the powerful guitars and driving bass and drums has a real Chili Peppers feel to it.



OUT OF PLACE - THE DELTA RIGGS

One of the most underrated bands of our time. These boys tracks always come out with a great mix, and really unique sonically. Another track we were listening to a lot while tracking the EP, where we took inspiration in Promise Me for vocal effects, different tones for instruments and just a general larrikin & rowdy vibe.



Creatures is out now!


SOUTH SUMMIT AUSTRALIAN TOUR DATES

Supported by SLIM JIMZ

*SLIM JIMZ not appearing

^ Festival

Tickets


Fri March 3rd The Newcastle Hotel Newcastle

Sat March 4th VANFEST Mount Panorama^

Fri March 10th The Beach Hotel Byron Bay (Free Entry)

Sat March 11th Black Bear Lodge Brisbane

Fri March 17th Waywards Sydney

Sat March 18th Shellharbour Rocks Festival Wollongong (Free Entry)^

Fri March 31st Northcote Social Club Melbourne*

Sat April 1st A Day On The Lawn Hobart^

Fri April 14th Jack Rabbit Slims Perth

Sat April 15th The River Margaret River

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