Firefly Summer
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Firefly Summer

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The best kept secret in music


"Fireflies Still Dancin In October"

The Tingle Student Center resonated with the sounds of summer Sunday, Oct. 2. Resonated with the sounds of Firefly Summer that is.

The band, fronted by Phillip Strickland, senior Christian studies, performed an hour-long set of original music on the stage in the student center in front of a receptive crowd of students.

Sounding a bit like Jimmy Eat World, the band won a $1,000 purse at an Erskine University battle of the bands the night before.

Except for minor sound difficulties, the band poured through an interesting repertoire of songs relying on a solid rhythm section and memorable vocals, The use of a harmonica didn't hurt either.

Although all of the band's offerings were tastefully creative and inventive, the most memorable songs of the night came at the concert's end in the aptly titled Waltz and the show-ender La, la, la.

Reminiscent of a twisted marionette show or an old-world organ grinder carried by the hypnotizing vocal melody and bass line of Mike Rogers, as well as the twinkling licks of drummer Michael Kendall's xylophone, the 3/4 Waltz opened up into a bombastic chorus filled with the raging guitars of Strickland and Nathan Hussey that ushered in an anguished vocal melody.

La, la, la on the other hand was like a happy Robert Smith, if that is possible, converging with Weezer on the chorus, "... this is love. la la la, this is love..."

Filled with plenty of pop hooks and smart lyrics, Firefly Summer's music entertained if nothing else throughout their hour in the spotlight, reminding listeners of bands like Eisley, minus the female vocals, a very raw Jump, Little Children or an even more indie version of Jimmy Eat World.

"We are trying to be true to ourselves," said Strickland. "We are Christians, but that has become a narrow-minded approach to music. Our message is love and that is something that all audiences can appreciate."

The band, based out of Sumter, S.C., has been playing with their current line-up for the past two years.

Nothing is better than a good rock and roll show and Firefly Summer delivered that with a big, loud sound that was both thoughtful and entertaining. - The Skyliner


Firefly Summer EP (2004)
Return to Romanticism (2005)
The Classic EP (2006)


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Firefly Summer is a melodic rock band that is no stranger to growth. Playing together for just under five years, they have learned a lot about what it means to be original, creative, and determined musicians. As diverse as the music industry is at the moment, Firefly Summer has not tried to reinvent themselves every five months to meet the latest trends; rather, it has developed its own comfortable space within the industry so that it incorporates what it finds to be the most productive way to produce beautiful music. Fortunately, the bands fans have found their work to be be just as rewarding. The response to the bands latest release, "The Classic EP," has been greatly appreciated and has only pushed the members of the band to work harder. Due to its success, Firefly Summer has had the priviledge of opening for such acts as Lovedrug, Engine Down, Jonezetta, Baumer, Mutemath, Cool Hand Luke, Stretch Arm Strong, The Myriad, etc. The band anticipates recording with producers Matt Malpass (Ying Yang Twins, Memoranda, Lakes) and Matt Goldman (Underoath, Copeland, The Chariot) in 2007. Stayed tuned to what Firefly Summer has planned because this is only their beginning.

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