Summer More Than Others is a jazz infused, tropical flavored, jam-band from Atlanta, Ga. Formed officially in the summer of 2010, the band is a collaboration between Adam Clifford and Matt Hummel. After releasing their self-titled acoustic debut EP in 2010, SMTO began work on their full-band follow-up.
In May of 2011, they got the opportunity to play during the Jacksonville Jazz Festival in Florida. After that time the band went through some line-up changes, adding Ian Edwards on bass, and played extensively throughout Atlanta. Toward the end of the year, the band finished recordings on what would be their first LP called "The Constant".
2012 was a year of progress for the band. They became regulars at Atlantic Station's "Friday Night Live" series (a summer of free concerts outside in the heart of Atlanta). They traveled more, playing shows in Tennessee, Alabama, as well as Florida again, all to great audience response and enthusiasm.
In November, SMTO was the featured act on the University of Georgia's radio/television program "It's Friday" for WUGA Radio. Also in November, the band was invited back to play the main stage at Atlantic Station's Black Friday Bash where the band performed a two-hour set for hundreds of people.
SMTO is repeatedly praised for their unique sound and style. They have been described as "Phish meets The Police", but that doesn't quite define them. The sounds of the islands permeate Adam's songs, met with a progressive low-end by Ian and the worldly influences in Matt's drumming, all mix together to give Summer More Than Others a voice all their own.
"You don't sound quite like anyone we've ever had on this program.." - Robb Holmes, WUGA Radio "It's Friday!"
Adam Clifford - Vocals, Guitar
Matt Hummel - Drums, Percussion
Ian Edwards - Bass
Self-titled debut EP (2010)
"The Constant" LP (2012)
TBA soon... (2013)
Jam Out With Summer More Than Others
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This Friday, jam comes to the city. Self-proclaimed jam band Summer More Than Others will take th...This Friday, jam comes to the city.
Self-proclaimed jam band Summer More Than Others will take the stage this week for Atlantic Station’s Friday Night Live free concert series in Atlanta’s Central Park. The group is made up of singer/guitarist Adam Clifford, drummer Matt Hummel, and the recent addition of bassist, Ian Edwards. “We thought [adding bass] would create a fuller sound,” Clifford said.
Relying on improvisation, Summer More Than Others’ show features music with elements of jazz, folk, and rock and a laid-back hippie vibe. The band’s album includes an amped up percussion sound including use of congas and bongos.
Clifford and Hummel began playing together young, starting several bands together throughout high school and college, including Electric Brandy, Oz, and Elephant’s Gerald. Summer More Than Others started as a side-project for them about a year ago to showcase a sound influenced by Phish, Jason Mraz, and John Mayer. In that short time, they’ve been busily honing their skills, already putting out both an EP and a full-length album called “The Constant,” a title that references the continual and faithful role music plays in their lives.
The group self-released the album, selling demo copies at their shows. Fans can pick up a copy this Friday at the Atlantic Station set.
“We’re working on new music, hopefully we’ll get to record soon,” said Clifford.
Beyond their music, the guys from the band are creative types. Clifford is in school now for film and video and Hummel graduated college with a degree in communications. Their website features their work in photography and poetry as well as music.
The group goes live at 7 p.m. Friday night, so come get your groove on with this rising local act.
Music the 'Driving Force’ for Atlanta Bassist
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“I couldn’t imagine my life without it,” said Ian Edwards, bassist for local band Summer More Than O...“I couldn’t imagine my life without it,” said Ian Edwards, bassist for local band Summer More Than Others, a band Local Notes introduced you to back in April.
That “it,” of course, is music, which Edwards says is the main driving force in his life and has set him on the path to a life of performance.
Edwards’ musical upbringing was typical of most American children in that he started playing an instrument in grade school. He began with trumpet in his middle school band and moved on to baritone and even tuba in college.
Near the start of high school, Edwards started looking beyond the brass, picking up his first string instrument: the guitar. A couple years went by and his discovery of progressive-metal band Protest the Hero changed things yet again.
“I got so hooked on their bass,” he said. “I dropped the guitar and picked up the bass, and it’s been that way ever since.”
Last year, after finishing a degree in bass performance from the Atlanta Institute of Music, Edwards was online looking at musician wanted ads when he came across a band looking for a bassist to round out their sound.
That band was Summer More Than Others, which will play a second performance at Friday Night Live at Atlantic Station this week.
Edwards said joining the band has been a great experience, and he was impressed by the dynamic between the two founding members, guitarist Adam Clifford and drummer Matt Hummel.
“They had such a good thing going on,” Edwards said.
Bassists like Justin Chancellor of Tool and Pete McCullough of Streetlight Manifesto influence Edwards’ playing style. He’s also influenced by the rhythmic quality of drums, he says, laughing about not being able to have a drum set in the house growing up because his mom wouldn’t allow it.
While playing a style of music he calls “tropical”—incorporating the sounds of Phish and The Police with a Latin flair—in Summer More Than Others, Edwards is also part of a ska-punk-reggae band called The Hermits of Suburbia that is doing well in the Atlanta ska scene.
He plans to continue playing for the rest of his life, hoping that one day his music can sustain him without the need for a day job. He also wants to get back into teaching kids music lessons.
“I would love for it to be my main gig,” he said. “I want to go out, have fun, have a good time and spread the love, man.”
See Ian Edwards and the rest of Summer More Than Others at this week's Friday Night Live, from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. in Atlantic Station's Central Park.
Cover songs played:
Billie Jean - Michael Jackson
Baba O'Reily - The Who
Into The Mystic - Van Morrison
Back On The Train - Phish
Land Down Under - Men At Work
Johnny B. Goode - Chuck Berry
Ain't No Sunshine - Bill Withers
Fire - Jimi Hendrix
Chitlins Con Carne - Kenny Burrell
There are no upcoming dates at this time.