Haunted Summer
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Haunted Summer

Los Angeles, California, United States | Established. Jan 01, 2013

Los Angeles, California, United States
Established on Jan, 2013
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"Top 5 Bands to See at This Year's Culture Collide"

2. Haunted Summer (USA)
Husband-and-wife duo Bridgette Eliza Moody and John Seasons formed Haunted Summer as an Animal Collective cover band in 2012. Soon they realized they had stumbled upon their own mystical brew of trippy forest-pop, mediated over spooky childhood memories and shared influences. It's as if they took disturbing German children's books, Kid A and the Beach Boys and made it sound like a daytime nap at Amir's Garden in Griffith Park. It's what they ultimately describe as "spreading darkness through light," which is basically L.A., in digital synth-form. At Echo Park United Methodist Church, Thursday, Oct. 16 at 8 p.m. - Art Tavana - LA WEEKLY

"Low-Key and Collaborative"

The psychedelic dream pop of Haunted Summer came into the world at Halloween, masked as another band.

For a special covers show in 2012 at the The Echo in Los Angeles, John Seasons put together a band to play a set of Animal Collective songs. Joining the new band, among others, was Bridgette Moody, a longtime friend of Seasons with similar musical taste and style.

"At the end of that set, we knew we should make music together and do things our other bands couldn't, so Haunted Summer was born," Seasons says. "We called the rest of the band off the stage and Bridgette and I did a song together and the reaction was overwhelming. After that, the rest was history."

At the time, both were frustrated with the bands they'd been playing in, so the enjoyable performance arrived as a signal: discard the old and embrace the new.

"We were going through the same things at the same time. We weren't happy with the way the projects were going. Music wasn't feeling that great on stage any more and that moment music felt great again and we knew were capable of doing it on our own," Moody says. "We'd been through a lot and played for so long and we couldn't remember the last time music felt that good and we knew it was something worth pursuing and it's been positive ever since."

Moody (keyboards) and Seasons (guitar) say they initially took a lot of influence for Haunted Summer from Animal Collective, drawn by the thrill of making music that's both accessible and experimental. But Animal Collective was simply the jumping off point, as they veered toward more psychedelic sounds, blending in the lush space-rock of The Flaming Lips, the entrancing, ethereal style of Björk and later the bright kaleidoscopic pop of tourmates Polyphonic Spree.

"When we played Animal Collective, they're kind of a left field band and hard to cover, but we're jut those kinds of people," Seasons says. "We were both the psychedelic elements of those other projects (we were in). When we came together it happened organically. The psychedelic aspects that we'd been using for years just blended really well together."

Over the first couple months as Haunted Summer, Seasons and Moody wrote a flurry of songs, recording at home and then enlisting friends to play the music live, first around LA and then on tour in support of Polyphonic Spree, Islands and Taken By Trees.

"John and I write all the songs and everything is still very low-key and collaborative between us," Moody says. "Once we bring it to everybody else for touring it adds that whole other element to our band."

The chemistry between the pair extended beyond music. Seasons and Moody have since married, describing themselves in the Haunted Summer biography as "two souls that had lost each other in past lives and found each other again in this life."

The result, Moody says, is a perfect 50/50 collaboration for the band, with a shared sense of how they want to approach writing, recording and performing music.

"For us, we're just psychedelic people and it just bleeds through," Seasons says. "The influence that comes through that is the beginning of when we found music. My dad was a jazz drummer and she did theater for a while and we're both just influenced by a lot of bands."

Those influences show a bit on Haunted Summer's 2013 EP "Something in The Water," but the band is more than just the sum of its strings-meets-electronic parts. The songwriting is inventive across the EP, something Seasons says is a result of their open-minded approach.

"The rules are out the window, it's about how will this song piece itself together and become it's fullest without trying to follow every rule," Seasons says.

After "Something in The Water," the pair re-recorded some of their first songs and combined them with alternate versions of the EP's songs for "Birth," presenting a more complex picture of Haunted Summer as the band has evolved.

"We look at it like our music and songs are like paintings and when you take it to a different producer, they're going to finish that painting in a different way," Seasons says. "The live element is our stage to be the full painter, so we like that. Our live sound is definitely different than our studio sound and we pride ourselves in that."

A new record is in the works for a release next year, one that is being shaped more like the Haunted Summer live experience than the initial bedroom recordings.

"This upcoming project we want to capture more of the psychedelic aspect of our live sound," Moody says. "We really enjoy playing live because we feel like that's more of who we are musically. It definitely helps taking it to the studio after we've taken time with the song playing it live and have a good solid idea of the sound." - Eric Swedlund - Tucson Weekly

"Collaboration With Love: John and Bridgette Seasons Find Quick Success With Their Dream-Pop Band Haunted Summer"

Since Haunted Summer formed in 2012, the Los Angeles band has enjoyed virtual overnight success, including performances in famous Southern California venues like the El Rey Theatre. On Thursday, Jan. 16, the band will perform at another famous venue: Pappy and Harriet’s Pioneertown Palace.

Haunted Summer starts with John and Bridgette Seasons. The longtime friends—now married—had played music together in other bands. Then came an opportunity that turned into their founding moment.

“There’s a venue out here in L.A. called the Echo. They basically enlisted us to put together a cover band covering Animal Collective,” said John Seasons. “Long story short, I asked Bridgette, and that collaboration led to love—and led to the band sticking around beyond that one show.”

John and Bridgette’s influences include Cocteau Twins, Björk, The Flaming Lips and Fleetwood Mac. Add in Bridgette’s theater background, and John’s exposure to all sorts of musical genres—his father is a jazz drummer—and the result is a unique sound that would place them somewhere within the “dream pop” genre.

“It just naturally came out,” said Bridgette Seasons about the band’s sound. “Last Thanksgiving (2012), we brought our instruments and just jammed. We wrote our first song, and we just sort of understood what we were playing at the time.”

Added John: “It was really organic. The album and songs we do in our set, we wrote in about a month. The next step was getting our music out there.”

They indeed started getting their music out there, opening for various national bands. They said their favorite live shows to date were with The Polyphonic Spree, a psychedelic pop group that features a chorus and orchestra.

“Tim DeLaughter of The Polyphonic Spree is the most wholesome guy,” said John Seasons.” Everyone in that band would come up to us after a show and see how we were doing. Everybody bought our merch, and it felt like a big family in that atmosphere.”

Added Bridgette: “That band tours with 16 people, and they’re all in a giant van staying in small hotels and having to take turns with the shower. You would think they’d be stressed out and mean, but they’re all really nice people.”

The Polyphonic Spree is just one of the acts with whom they’ve shared the stage. Others include Taken by Trees, Coeur de Pirate and Meiko, to name a few.

“We’ve been able to play with a lot of really different acts. It’s just been very viable for us,” said Bridgette Seasons.

Their EP, a five-track effort called Something in the Water, is an independent effort that has been posted on Bandcamp (hauntedsummer.bandcamp.com) and sold at Amoeba Records in Hollywood and San Francisco. They are now working on their full-length album.

Bridgette Seasons talked about what can be expected from their show at Pappy and Harriet’s.

“Usually when we perform, it’s (as) a two-piece,” she said. “The show at Pappy and Harriet’s will have a four-piece band. It’s very driving and drony, but really full, heartfelt and psychedelic. It wraps you up in a whole different world of sound.

“We’re really excited about that show. … The show might be a lot bigger than we thought. Robyn (Celia), one of the owners of Pappy and Harriet’s, was nice enough to give us that date. This will be our last hurrah before we head on a national tour.” - Brian Blueskye - COACHELLA VALLEY INDEPENDENT

"Separations Bring Haunted Summer Band Together"

When love entered the lives of two musicians, destiny began.

Bridgette Moody left her band, Torches, about the same time John Seasons left his band, Seasons.

The duo formed a deeper bond built on both love and musical passion in beginning their own band, Haunted Summer.

Haunted Summer plays their ethereal shoegaze music in the desert at Pappy & Harriet’s Jan. 16 in Pioneertown.

The duo is currently working in Jim Henson’s studio in Hollywood recording their first album with producer Nicolas Essig.

Paul McCartney and Katy Perry have worked with Essig, and on the date of this interview and performance Randy Jackson popped in during the Seasons session.

Unaffected by stars around them, Haunted Summer has worked nine long years in the music business.

“We are grateful to play in the desert and are open to every opportunity,” Seasons says quietly.

Some of the band’s music is inspired by their desert travels and experiences.

“Music always sounds better echoing through the desert,” Moody says.

Their live performances will include a traveling light show so audience members will see “the light within,” says Seasons. - MICHELE MCMANMON - PALM SPRINGS LIFE

"Q&A: Finding the perfect balance with Haunted Summer"

Haunted Summer sounds like the best nightmare you’ve ever had. I know that proclamation seems a bit strange, but once you hear their music it will all make sense: the otherworldly sonic arrangements, the eerie synthesizers, the somber vocal melodies that creep into the deepest recesses of your mind. The band sounds exactly like what their name suggests, a dreamy mix of sunshine-drenched hooks and sinister undertones.

“The band was sort of formed amid personal crisis,” says Bridgette Eliza Moody, singer and co-songwriter/founder of the group, “We just learned to work with the dark elements inherent in life and used it to fuel our music.”

Husband and other half of the songwriting foundation John Seasons agrees: “For every horrible situation in life, there’s a way to shine a light on it. I think that’s what we try to do with our music.”

The Los Angeles-based band will be taking this surreal mixture of darkness and light, dream and nightmare, to San Francisco this month with a Tuesday night residency at Amnesia starting on the 7th and ending on the 28th. I spoke to the couple about their thoughts on the Bay Area, the limitation of genre labels and just how they strike that tenuous balance between hope and despondency in their music.

The Bay Bridged: What attracted you to the Bay Area music scene and what are you most looking forward to in your upcoming San Francisco residency?

Bridgette Eliza Moody: We’ve always been fans of the city and we’ve been really lucky with the reception we’ve received on past tours up here. We were welcomed with open arms by music fans in the area and we love how tight knit the community of musicians is; the way they take care of each other is incredible.

John Seasons: Yeah, the Tony Bennett song definitely comes to mind every time we leave this place. We’ve played Bottom of the Hill, the Great American Music Hall, the Chapel, among others, and every time we’ve had a fantastic experience. You’re lucky to get a enthusiastic reaction anywhere nowadays, and it’s even more special in a city as beautiful as San Francisco.

TBB: Where do you draw inspiration from?

JS: We’re all over the map when it comes to influences. Bridgette has a background in theater and I have one in jazz, but we listen to a bit of everything. Off the top of my head I guess I could call out Bjork, Radiohead, the Moody Blues and the Beach Boys, but I know there are so many more I can’t even contemplate right now.

BM: Yes, we’re definitely eclectic in our listening tastes. But outside of musical influences we both pull a lot from our own dreams. We make music almost as a way to make sense of those intangible experiences, as a way to bring them a step closer to reality.

TBB: How does being a husband and wife songwriting team affect the process of creating a song? Does it ameliorate the process? Does it complicate it?

BM: For us it’s not a complication at all. Its almost been too easy to write songs together. We’re extremely collaborative and as long as we don’t take the criticism personally, no feelings get hurt in the process. It’s a give-and-take experience, so as long as there is balance in the relationship the creative process flows naturally.

JS: We’re pretty lucky in this aspect too. It’s like we can read each others mind at times. It’s such an organic process with us and I can’t recall ever having a major disagreement when writing a song together.

TBB: The term ‘dream pop’ is thrown around a lot in the indie scene today. How does Haunted Summer distinguish itself from the many other similarly labeled ‘dream pop’ bands out there?

BM: I think we just try not to become constrained by labels because it’s so easy to fall into categorizations other people place on you. Our goal is never to fit into a certain easily definable label or genre, but we are trying to balance that line of accessibility, of neither being too complicated nor too subtle in our approach to melody or song structure.

JS: When it comes to songwriting we don’t worry too much about certain genre restrictions. We try and leave generally accepted rules outside the door as much as possible, and I think that’s what people who really like our sound latch onto. It’s too easy to be limited musically by constricting labels, but if blogs and fans want to call us ‘dream pop,’ I’m okay with it as long as we’re not compromising our own sound to conform to it.

TBB: On your website you mention the philosophy of ‘spreading darkness through light.’ Can you explain this to people who may be unfamiliar with your sound?

JS: We try to balance both aspects of life in our music, the good and the bad. You really can’t have one without the other. Even when we pull from other realms of inspiration like dreams we try to include both its surreal and euphoric aspects.

BM: There’s a little bit of nightmare in every dream and vice versa. This band is a way to find the beauty and meaning in each. You have to understand the darkness in order to truly appreciate the light. - Nicholas Schneider - THE BAY BRIDGED

"Haunted Summer Expands at The Riot Room"

On Sunday night, Haunted Summer broke their polished crystalline sound structure into a heap of refractory soundscapes. The band dispensed with the rigidity of their recorded material to create an experience that was shimmering and liquid—songs that flowed from part to part conflating organic movement and synthetic structure. From the first moment of their set, Haunted Summer framed their performance in a different way than their recorded material by having their tour manager ring a gong to open the room. After their set, I caught up with them to ask them questions about their live set, recordings, and life on tour.

Mills Record Company: So you started the set with a ritualistic opening. Is this something that you do before every show?
Haunted Summer: It’s something we started doing since we recorded our live album. Bo (tour manager) opened the room on the recording, and it totally changed the feeling of the songs and set, so we started doing it before each show and it created a different sort of vibe. We like the idea of turning our live sound into something different, so it gives us a whole new focus when we play our songs. Plus it’s like the gong in “Bohemian Rhapsody”—you here a gong and you know something big has ended or is about to begin.
“Something big,” would be a good way to describe their live sound. Whereas Haunted Summer’s Something in the Water is collaged from ethereal textures and effected sounds, their live show expanded on these building blocks. Their songs unfurled their aural tentacles into a thickened and gritty soundscape.

MRC: How do you view studio time and tour time?
HS: Our demos are something that are polished, we get a producer on them and they kind of fill out the sketches we come up with, but our live show and the album [Birth] is something we got to control pretty much completely. Compared to the EP, our live album was deeper. It was an experience to play through it and create a sound. We love to experiment with our live sound, to see how we can change the experience of our music—like Animal Collective or The Flaming Lips, who constantly rearrange and change their live shows to make something new for everyone involved. We want to do that.
MRC: How do you do that while on tour?
HS: Trust. We trust each other to make something deeper and more expansive. We also switch around our live band and try to get people to bring something new to the music we’re making. Like tonight, Spencer [drums] and Bill [bass & clarinet] brought their own take to the experience. Spencer filled the percussive end of our sound, and Bill brought in the clarinet to jazz us up. We didn’t have that on the album, but it fit and gave the songs a new feel. Stuff like that adds to the tour in really great ways. They help us manipulate our sound each night.
And that sonic manipulation and control was evident in their live version of “Spirit Guides,” which filled up the Riot Room with loops and heavily effected texures. It began with swelling feedback that blossomed into an all-encompassing sound-space. The vocals and melody built under this initial layer and slowly gained force. The song, whose origination revolves around how spiritual aspects guides us in everyday life, seemed to call for this dramatic build.

Though it’s clear that Haunted Summer loves to change their sound, they never seemed to overwhelm one another. During their cover of Animal Collective’s “Bees,” the duo showed a beautifully intimate moment. They traded spaces on stage. John controlled the Bridgette’s vocal processor while she controlled his effects and keyboard. Watching the two trust each other with their sound gave the song a new context while adding a layer under the swirling loops and hazed out chords. This interplay and balance imbues Haunted Summer’s live show with an energy that shatters notions of their recording sound while affirming the underlying force of their songs. - Brian Clifton - MILLS RECORD COMPANY

"My Q&A With: Haunted Summer"

After only a few seconds on Haunted Summer’s Facebook page, many things begin to jump out. The bands interest’s- ‘Spreading darkness through light: To accept the light, you must acknowledge the darkness. Only then will you reach clarity.’ The band’s location- ‘The Woods.’ The band’s influences- ‘The Mystic Forest, Light & Darkness, FOG, Death, Life, Love.’

At first, the sayings and phrases that are uncharacteristic for a music page seem out of place. However, in listening to the music that inspired these sayings, everything seems to fall into place. Bridgette and John, the founding members and married couple behind Haunted Summer have put their creatively brilliant minds together to produce a collection of fantastical and mysteriously eerie pop music. Their music has taken them all over the world as a supporting band to acts like Meiko and Laura Stevenson. Now veterans of iconic venues including The El Rey Theater, Amoeba Hollywood, The Troubadour, and The Casbah, Haunted Summer is setting out on a national headlining tour, continuing to ‘haunt’ and enchant the world with their music.

It is unique to hear a band describe their music as ‘eerie and spooky.’ How did this sound come about?

John: We take a different approach in our band.. we accept all inspiration of this world and beyond. We take a lot of visual aspects of the band from our dreams and nightmares that led us to each other throughout many life spans. We feel the listener receives this eerie, spooky aspect and realizes the beauty in the darkness as well.

What is it like create music together as a married couple?

Bridgette: We’re very lucky to be in this situation. Often times, touring can make or break a band and we never have to leave each other’s side for any of that. We support and inspire each other by working on something so wholeheartedly together. With the music it is very special, the sound we create together becomes one and lyrics can be like a secret language for us. Broad enough for others to relate, but personal references and secret messages of hope, humor, and understanding for each other is sprinkled throughout our music.

The band has toured with several big name acts including Taken By Trees and Islands. What has been the most memorable moment thus far?

John: Taken by Trees was a amazing show at The Levitt Pavilion, and the Islands tour was more extensive and a lot of fun..but our favorite so far has been the dates we did with The Polyphonic Spree. We sound like broken records but Tim Delaughter and the whole band are seriously the nicest, most grounded musicians. It was like traveling with a big family who had nothing but love to share. Their live show is also very inspiring, I would put it next to how epic Flaming Lips, or Arcade Fire shows have been at times.

You’re heading out on a national headlining tour in a few days. What are you most looking forward to?

Bridgette: We’re all really looking forward to visiting places we’ve never been like Philly, Denver and NYC. I think we’re all still reeling on the fact that we will be recording a live album to be pressed to clear vinyl by the amazingly ambitious folks at Mace Mead Works in Walla Walla, WA. Haunted Summer comes alive!

Both Bridgette and John were in different bands prior to forming Haunted Summer. How did Haunted Summer originate?

John: In a nutshell, we got tired of playing meaningless music with former projects and found each other in the process. Bridgette and I were friends for 10 years prior to Haunted Summer. I got offered a slot for a covers show at The Echo and we did an all Animal Collective cover set on Halloween 2012 with a full band of friends, at the end Bridgette and I took the stage alone for 1 song and that is when the band was born. Hearing and seeing the crowds reaction to us was amazing, we immediately started recording, quit our old projects, and have been touring and making the music we have always wanted to make ever since. We know what mistakes not to make in this band, and I gotta say having a clear path has been very helpful.

The band recently made their television debut on AXS Live. That must have been very exciting. Describe that experience.

Bridgette: That really was a lot of fun, the whole crew was so sweet. We really loved challenging the cameramen to make us look a little weirder than the usual appearance. TV wants clean cut, but these guys were on their knees shooting us through lava lamps and plasma globes and loving it! We’ve been featured on TWC Socal Beat since then, and will be performing on Good Morning Northwest to promote our live album but something tells me there will be a sad shortage of plasma globes. - KER'S CORNER

"Ethereal dream pop to illuminate Sophia’s Thai Kitchen"

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. - Anthony Siino - THE DAVIS ENTERPRISE

"Haunted Summer Releasing Live Album, Touring"

Haunted Summer is a indie dream pop duo comprised of Bridgette Moody and John Seasons. Since its somewhat recent founding in October 2012, the LA-based group has toured/opened alongside The Polyphonic Spree, Ólafur Arnalds and many more. The band’s EP Something in the Water seamlessly fuses orchestral and electronic undertones.

Haunted Summer are heading out on tour as a full band at the end of this month and while California gets a lot of love, the group does hit the Neat Beet-area with a show at Pianos. That show takes place on Saturday, September 6th and has a packed bill. Tickets and lineup are available here. While on tour, the band will be recording a live album in correlation with Washington-based Middle of Nowhere Sessions. This album will then be pressed to a limited release clear vinyl. Pre-orders are happening right now. - Nick Palumbo - NEAT BEET

"Married to Music"

Haunted Summer’s bittersweet EP is potent, medicinal,and a taste of what’s to come

It’s hard not to get swept up in John and Bridgette Seasons’ chemistry. The married couple at the helm of Haunted Summer is simply too cute for words.

But it’s that same chemistry that makes their musical collaboration irresistible to the ears.

After almost a decade of being friends and admirers of each other’s music, John and Bridgette played a Halloween gig together in 2012, as part of an Animal Collective cover band.

Since then, the pair fell in love, put out an EP of original and elegant experimental pop music, went on tour, wed, and had a romantic honeymoon in Paris.

Reflecting back on their whirlwind relationship, John says he and Bridgette “changed at the right time together, and it was meant to be."

Together, they create often-eerie anthems that are expertly lingering and driving in nature. This is the sound of perseverance—something John (guitar/keys) admires and appreciates about The Flaming Lips' 1999 album, The Soft Bulletin, which he has listened to countless times over the years.

“That album’s about [guitarist Steven Drozd] almost dying and going through so much, and the band going through so much … It’s a beautiful interpretation of pain, and it’s definitely something I went back to [regularly] and I think I even personally try to bring to this project,” explains John. “There’s dark aspects [of Haunted Summer] but it’s projected through light, trying to just help people understand.”

Though just an EP, Haunted Summer’s

Ωfirst album—Something in The Water (2013)—is a mighty and moving existential effort, full of hair-raising moments and stirring subjects like fate and maintaining a love that others may

not understand.

When asked which of the five tracks on the EP is most significant to them, Bridgette (vocals/synth) said, “After much personal deliberation on this, I think we’ve both kind of come to a consensus that if we were to die right now and one song had to carry out, we’d probably pick ‘All Around.’”

According to Bridgette, this shimmering album opener “seems to encompass the beauty of how we were feeling.” On it, she sweetly sings: “Something tells me all was meant for good / And the universe will hold me as it should.”

This is essentially a catchy version of the Seasons’ general maxim: “Our motto with our relationship and our band is that we trust the universe,” says John. “The universe talks to you in many different ways. I’m not saying I’m psychic; I’m just saying that when it’s talking to me, I’m gonna listen.”

Motivated to finish its debut full-length, the band is currently recording at Jim Henson Company Studios in Hollywood with French producer Nicolas Essig, who helped engineer Paul McCartney’s latest record. The LP, which will most likely be called Spirit Guides, is expected to be released at the end of the year, or in early 2015.

But according to John and Bridgette, their recordings don’t quite compare to the band’s live show.

“I think the live performance is definitely more all-encompassing and just more powerful,” admits Bridgette.

Local fans will get a chance to see the couple in action on Jan. 30 at The Catalyst Atrium, where they will be joined by Augustus Green (bass/loops) and Avi Buffalo's Sheridan Riley (drums). Many effects will be featured, such as live looping and Bridgette’s vocal processor, the latter used only sparingly on the record.

John’s explanation for the effects is simple—“It’s a droney, heartfelt interpretation of the EP”—but undeniably suspenseful, both for longtime fans and those on the lookout for a new band crush. - Cynthia Orgel - GOOD TIMES SANTA CRUZ

"Amoeba Presents Haunted Summer Live at the Satellite Aug. 1"

L.A.’s Haunted Summer make intoxicatingly beautiful music. The duo of John Seasons and Bridgette Eliza Moody craft music that waltzes and sways in the summer sun, as Moody’s lilt and soft orchestration carries you through unfolding dreamscapes. Fans of Beach House, Mazzy Star and Twin Sister will find themselves getting lost in the band’s upcoming Something in the Water EP, due in September.

Amoeba Hollywood is proud to sponsor the band’s music video premiere show at The Satellite Aug. 1. Amoeba has a free ticket to the show to the first 10 people that buy their self-titled EP at the store while supplies last. The show starts at 9 p.m. and also features Tashaki Miyaki, yOya and The Eagle Rock Gospel Singers. You can grab the first single from their EP, "All Around," as a free download from Amoeba.

I sat down with John Seasons and Bridgette Eliza Moody to discuss their exciting new project.

PST: How did the two of you start playing together?

Seasons: Bridgette and I were friends for eight years, I admired her as a fellow musician and friend for that period. We fell in true love last year and started making music together shortly after.

PST: Did you guys talk about what you wanted Haunted Summer to sound like beforehand, or did you just let it happen? Did you agree upon bands or artists that could serve as inspiration?

Moody: It happened incredibly organically. We had no concept of what we were trying to achieve, we were just happy playing music with someone new. The crazy part was how we seemed to read each other's minds — we were instantly on the same page musically, and songs just flowed out of us. It was the kind of music we had always wanted to make, we just needed each other to do it.

Seasons: We never talked about it. We basically just said, “Hey, lets write songs opposite to the formulas we were following with previous projects that had us very unhappy,” and it just happened like that. Our sound, songs and lyrics just poured out of us. I have always been a fan of thought-provoking music, the kind where the lyrics and music just make you feel something inside whether it's nostalgia, sadness, love or happiness, and we both knew we wanted Haunted Summer's music to have that vibe to it. Some artists I personally draw inspiration from are Bjork, Animal Collective, Portishead and The Flaming Lips.

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Photo by Amanda Glover
PST: The music certainly brings to mind natural settings. There are allusions of sorts to forests and deserts, and the music has an oceanic quality as well. Was that something you wanted to convey in the music?

Moody: Our music can be very droney, simple parts that layer and blend and bend within themselves. It's that quality that reminds me of nature's self-sustainability, the whole circle of life deal. That has always been beautiful to me.

Seasons: Our music is born from sadness, and darkness, but given hope, love and light in this new age of truth we have landed in. We are grateful for our spirit guides that have given us the proper wisdom to relay the messages and sounds that we heard through the ages. So I guess it's proper that you get those vibes and images since our music comes from multiple life-spans and how far we have traveled to be here. I would hope listeners get the eerie element of beauty born from darkness.

PST: I know that John, you were in the band Seasons, had you, Bridgette, been playing music before and were you in other bands? Tell me about some of your musical backgrounds.

Moody: I was raised in a very musical family and learned to sing and play music at an early age. I was mostly caught up in musical theater, but had the chance to join a band in high school. That's how John and I met, actually. We played alongside each other but never in the same project for almost a decade. The last project I was a part of trolled the scene for eight years and finally managed to gain some small notoriety around town and play a handful of shows across the country, but whatever "success" we had was always masked by soulless lyrics and a complete lack of respect between all bandmates. I'll say I'm most grateful for that project's thorough outline of what I would never want to do with my own project.

Seasons: I agree with Bridgette, we ultimately wanted to write music with actual feelings and concepts. I am grateful for what I learned through those years. most importantly what I don't want to do musically. I started playing music when I was 12 and can play multiple instruments, my dad is a jazz drummer, and I have multiple family members that are musicians. I have been an active member of the L.A. music scene for a decade, playing in multiple projects through the years. These days I devote all my time and energy to Haunted Summer since it's pretty much the music I have always wanted to make.

PST: Do you guys have day jobs? What else do you do?

Moody: Keepin' the masses caffeinated at an independent coffee house.

Seasons: I work at The Greek Theatre.

haunted summer somethign in the waterPST: What can you tell us about the music video you’ll be premiering?

Seasons: It's directed by the very talented and award winning Christopher J. Ewing. He has directed videos for Family of The Year and Letting Up Despite Great Faults, among others. It's for our new single “All Around,” from our upcoming five-song EP due out in September titled Something In the Water.

PST: Have you begun recording your first album? What can you tell us about that so far?

Seasons: Yes our full length is about half way done. Raymond Richards and Luke Ehret produced some tracks, the band produced and recorded some tracks ourselves too, we are also in talks with Scott Colburn (Animal Collective, Arcade Fire) to maybe have him produce a couple of tracks as well. It's coming along and should be done by early 2014. The full-length will have 12 tracks and be titled Through the Woods. It will also feature cover art by the same photographer/artist that did the cover for our upcoming EP, Sarah Sitkin. - Billy Gil - AMOEBA BLOG

"HEAR THIS: Haunted Summer"

Haunted Summer is the LA duo of Bridgette Eliza Moody and James Seasons, and “All Around” is their calling card. The dreamy single works a woozy vibe to maximum effect, and the hazy soft focus video was shot on location at Bronson Caves, (yes-the Batcave from the TV show…and right underneath the Hollywood sign).

The song builds, subsiding quickly, and you’re left clutching at it like a half-remembered dream. It’s back to the top and hit it again. The highest compliment this Owl can give is to plagiarize his own comment on Beach House’s Teen Dream: “It’s like falling asleep in a bathtub of cough syrup.” Keep an eye out for Haunted Summer’s forthcoming EP, Something In The Water. - Wayne Jessup - THE OWL MAG

"Haunted Summer Residency at Amnesia"

Jason Kick was running the sound last night at Amnesia, he asked Bridgette Moody, the lead singer of Haunted Summer if she was ready. Her response was simple, “where is my beer?” She looks around, sees it on the piano next to me. “Can you hand me that?” I did. “Now I’m ready.” She took her gum out of her mouth and stuck it to the top of her Korg, then with the help of her band proceeded to give the stage and the rest of Amnesia all hell.

It was amazing, they climbed on the drums, played instruments upside down, knocked over speakers, sang from the crowd and filled the room with an awe inspiring resonance I can still feel today.

This is their 2nd show of a month long residency … You better believe I’m going to be there next week. I hope you’ll join me! - Stephen SF Intercom - I HEART SF BANDS


The story of husband-wife band Haunted Summer reads like an LA scenester’s Romeo & Juliet. What started as two longtime friends commiserating over difficult band members (you know Bridgette Moody from her former band Torches and John Seasons from Seasons) turned into romance, bitter band breakups, and estrangement from the scene they’d known for close to a decade. Though they can’t completely bury their past, our interview with Haunted Summer before their recent show at The Chapel in San Francisco revealed why they’re predicting a much happier ending, this time around.

Haunted Summer interview @ The Chapel, SF

The Owl Mag: I don’t want to get too far into the People Magazine gossip territory, but are there lessons that were learned from your experiences with Torches and Seasons?

BM: No free press!

JS: I think the biggest thing is just knowing what we don’t want to do.

BM: We spent a lot of time working for nothing, and we realized that if we keep working this hard and really fight for the right things and be honest, they come. They come when the music is true and honest, and other people see that, too. You can work, and work, and work, but if the whole attitude of the act just isn’t as genuine as it should be, then things don’t really come from it.

The Owl Mag: You guys recorded in the Henson Studios. Could you talk a little bit about what it’s like to record there?

BM: Oh it’s a dream, you feel like a god in there! The last time we were in there, Wyclef Jean walked into our session. Randy Jackson has just hung out.

JS: Fiona Apple, the Jonas Brothers, Keith Richards…it’s like rock ‘n roll high school! Like, where am I?

BM: It’s definitely a trip, you can feel the ghosts of everyone who has ever been there. You’re playing the piano and you’re like, Carole King just played this!

JS: Yeah, or John Lennon bled on it. It’s amazing though, we’ve hung out among the props for Dinosaurs and The Dark Crystal and the Muppets. We just recorded in the same room that “We Are The World” got recorded in, and [Bridgette’s] playing guitar on the other side of the room, and it’s echoing into this massive room. We’re working with Nicolas Essig who engineered Daft Punk and Paul McCartney‘s new records, and he’s taken us on as his first producer credit, so that’s how that happened. He wanted to produce our first record and it be his first production since he’s only engineered. It’s been a wild ride.

Haunted Summer interview @ The Chapel, SF

The Owl Mag: You write a lot about the woods and have said that your music has been inspired by trips to the desert…

JS: We do that all the time, we just did that last night! We played in Santa Cruz and we camped there. The guys who are supporting us are all traveling in the same van, and they weren’t down for camping, but that’s what we do. We just don’t care, we’ll sleep on a rock, we love nature. We love the wilderness, we’re nature kids.

BM: Even in LA, we always try to stay in a place that has very natural aspects. We would never live in downtown, concrete nonsense.

The Owl Mag: You’ve mentioned in other interviews that you try to do something to make each show a little special. How do you make your mark?

JS: We put ourselves out there a lot. I’ve read a lot of reviews of our live shows, and a lot of people say that we’re more in tune with ourselves and the songs than we are with the audience — which is kind of true. As much as we always give our audience our full attention, we dive so deeply into each song that we do kind of leave the stage for a second, and just float within the song. I think something nice that the audience can always expect is that you can really see how passionate [we are] and how much we really love the songs, and how much we love playing them. It’s definitely different than our recordings, too. We try to make our live shows way different. She uses heavy effects on her vocals, I use a lot more effects live. It’s a lot more ethereal and a lot more psychedelic, I would say, but that’s a good thing.

The Owl Mag: Sky’s the limit on budget, you can do whatever you want. How would you set it up?

BM: Fog, lights, lasers…

JS: Woods…

BM: Yeah, trees!

JS: A whole woods set-up on stage! I remember I saw Damien Rice play one time, and he had a whole Scotland Yard set. It was snowing and he had a bottle, and he was pretending he came out of a bar. He was crying and singing, and I was like, this is definitely something I would do if I had a massive budget! I’d make the whole setup to transport the audience to a different place. One of our favorite bands does that, the Flaming Lips, but they do it more on a fun aspect. We would dive more into taking you to one specific place, maybe the woods, to represent our sound.

Haunted Summer interview @ The Chapel, SF

The Owl Mag: We’ve talked about what you could do, but let’s talk about the upcoming album. What should people expect? What excites you about it?

BM: It’s going to be very eclectic, and we’re really just trying to explore sonically all of the different things we want to do. He and I started playing the songs in a very lo-fi way, just bedroom music, basically. We’re still trying to take that bedroom magic, but then translate it to this wider, bigger thing. And good god, Jim Henson’s [studio] is just the wildest thing! This album will probably be more true to our live show than other things we have done before because we have the players now.

JS: We still got put in a crazy position. We wrote these old songs for just ourselves in the bedroom like she said, because hey, we were unhappy, so let’s write some songs we like. Next thing I knew, this manager came into play, things started happening really fast, and it’s something different now. You have to write songs for an album, and you’re recording at a place that’s really legendary and crazy, and you can’t waste anybody’s time. It’s a lot of pressure, and I feel like it’s good because it’s good to push ourselves musically. The new songs we already have recorded are definitely more ambitious in the risks we’re taking.

The Owl Mag: You obviously both came from bands before where you were licensing music and you had some momentum going, but what was it like starting from the beginning again?

BM: Just reaching out to the close, easy people we knew, just very low-key, and saying “listen to this.” It really just grew from there. Our main focus with this band, which was always an issue with our previous projects, was just all we want to do is tour. We really just want to take our music to the world, because it’s so hard to get people to come to you. Everybody has a website. Even on a small scale, just as long as a couple of people hear it, that’s a couple of people who wouldn’t have heard it otherwise.

JS: We had a lot of help too. When we first wrote our first demo, it was just an acoustic with [Bridgette], and we sold that album at Amoeba for awhile. The weirdest thing about that was that our manager hit us up three weeks later after our first demo [with a show] at the Troubadour and I was like, “No!”

BM: We were so unprepared.

JS: I was like that sounds amazing, but I felt weird about going up there acoustic and just trying to wing it. So yeah, we had a lot of weird offers because our manager just wanted to get us out there right away. Which we did; we took that risk as well in the beginning. We toured with Polyphonic Spree, we toured with Coeur De Pirate, Taken By Trees — all of these crazy bands, and it was all based on demos. I spent 10 years playing with a band where I recorded five albums and nothing ever happened. The coolest thing that ever happened was that Pete Yorn was at our show one time with Dave Navarro. So to me, that was interesting. The power of music and the right people hearing it, and just the right circumstances are very powerful. I feel like we definitely took advantage of that in the beginning, but now we’re really working as hard as possible to maintain the interest.

BM: We had a good kickstart but we gotta keep the fire burning.

San Franciscans, if you missed Haunted Summer this time around, don’t fret! They’ll have a residency every Tuesday in October at Amnesia, so don’t miss out on it! - Kat Engh - THE OWL MAG

"Haunted Summer’s “Something In The Water” Entices"

Haunted Summer couldn’t have picked a better name for their debut EP, Something in The Water. Each song swirls into darkened eddies and dragging undercurrents to create a sound that is as ominous as it is mysterious. It’s an eerie blend of pop structure and amorphous textures–ones that are both hollow and full. The EP’s vocals take their cue from the instrumentation, blending together to form waves of sound that wash over every track. Something in The Water unfurls like a time-lapse video of ivy.
The EP begins with the song “All Around.” The track sets the mood, promising a chilling and ghostly beauty to permeate the rest of the EP. A slow-burning collage of gauzy keys and whispering drums, “All Around” steadily builds into an almost amoebic conglomeration of sounds. The vocals peek through the instrumentation and deliver melodies that are simultaneously catchy and sparse. “All Around” envelopes everything with its wavering soundscape.

Perhaps one of my favorite tracks of Something in The Water is the title track. Like the rest of the EP, “Something in The Water” moves with an effortlessness, like jellyfish through water. Beginning with a spacey guitar riff, the song adds layers on layers to expand beyond the scope of each individual part. The synth textures in the background stitch the track together as the vocals unfold their dynamic and crystalline melody.

While Something in The Water entices its listener with well-crated dreampop, it also promises more things to come. Indeed, Haunted Summer is a band brimming with potential, and they haven’t stopped recording. Their debut album will be released sometime this year. After listening to their EP, I cannot wait for more. Their spooky take on dreampop makes for songs that are at home pouring out of record players or ear buds.
That said, a preview of what their full length will sound like is not far away. Haunted Summer will be at The Riot Room Sunday September 7th with Electric Orchids, Pink Royal, and Broken Mast. The show will be a great time for music lovers of all leans. - Brian Clifton - MILLS RECORD COMPANY


The songs of Haunted Summer are dreamy and hypnotic, rich with orchestral strings and sultry electronic textures, and with their 2013 EP, Something in the Water, the group crafted a captivatingly-ethereal musical journey through a nostalgic world of young love and long-forgotten memories. Consisting of Bridgette Moody and John Seasons, who share songwriting duties in a true collaboration, the Los Angeles duo have shared the stage and toured with groups and performers including, among others, The Polyphonic Spree, Taken By Trees, Laura Stevenson, The Radar Brothers, and Avi Buffalo. They have toured the country and played venues such as Amoeba Hollywood, The Echoplex, The Great American Music Hall, The Troubadour, The El Rey Theatre and many more.

Having just completed a nine-date tour with Islands and other tour dates with David J of Bauhaus and Jacco Gardner, plus a 14-date headlining tour across the country, Haunted Summer is poised to bring their enchantingly-psychedelic sound to the mainstream. Upcoming Haunted Summers shows will also feature Grammy winner Carla Morrison and acclaimed band Deafheaven.

To learn more about Haunted Summer, visit them on Facebook, Twitter or Tumblr, and to listen to or buy their debut album, visit hauntedsummer.bandcamp.com.

haunted-summer1What are your respective musical backgrounds?

John: We both have been playing music since we were very young. Bridgette was in theatre at a young age and I have family in the music industry including my father, who is a jazz drummer.

Who are your biggest creative influences?

John: Life, Death, Dreams, Nightmares, Love, The Mystic Forest in all our minds.

Do you recall the first song you learned to play? If so, what was it?

John: It was either “Ring of Fire” by Johnny Cash or “In My Life” by The Beatles, can’t recall which came first but both were a monumental personal moment… the kind of moment you long for as a child to just play songs you love.

How did you meet one another?

Bridgette: We met playing in separate bands alongside each other for 10 years and really admired each other’s talents. We bonded quickly, as we seemed to mirror each other’s presence and position in our old bands.

What is your songwriting process?

Bridgette: It’s very organic and collaborative. When the songs are flowing, we try to let them write themselves instead of overanalyzing anything. There’s nothing more unnatural than sitting there try to make things more complicated than they need to be. We share lyrical and musical duty on all the songs, so you can be assured every song is a bearing of both of our souls.

From your perspective, what is the best part about recording music and touring alongside your significant other?

Bridgette: We’ve always considered ourselves to be incredibly lucky that we get to share all of these experiences together. It becomes a rhythm and flow that you learn to understand. Creating music and touring can be extremely intensive, and everyone has their good days and their bad days and their trying days, but at the end of it all someone who loves you was there for the whole thing. You can be each other’s rocket fuel or melatonin, but always each other’s support. Also, back rubs.

How do you prepare for a live show, and what goes through your mind in the moments before you take the stage?

Bridgette: Shotgunning beers and getting ready to let that cold crisp beer in moments before we take the journey together on stage.

What has been your most memorable live performance?

Bridgette: At the risk of sounding like broken records, having the chance to open for The Polyphonic Spree was an unreal experience, a total gift. Also, the live album we recently recorded at Mace Mead Works in Dayton, WA was a deep, soul-stirring undertaking. Haunted Summer Come Alive can be pre-ordered here.

How has living in Los Angeles shaped your personality and your approach to life?

Bridgette: Los Angeles is probably the most complicated city we’ve ever been to. Though it can be confusing and unforgiving, it will never cease to be full of hope. Los Angeles teaches you that most people will disregard you and you will always face rejection, but the only way to truly succeed is to give yourself to your passion completely. You may find hints of “success,” but if you are not in love with your art, you’ll be washed up just like the L.A. River.

What’s the best song you’ve heard recently?

John: Biff Rose’s “Just Like A Man” or his other song “To Baby.” He was a big genius, kind of like Leonard Cohen meets Daniel Johnston.

What’s the worst job you’ve ever had?

John: Six Flags Magic Mountain.

What was your favorite childhood cartoon?

John: The Critic, The Simpsons, and old school Scooby Doo all day and night.

What are you working on next?

John: Releasing our live record, a new single, and full length. People can expect a lot of tour/festival dates coming their way in 2015. - TEN MINUTE INTERVIEWS

"Locals Only: Haunted Summer"

Hidden deep within the confines of Silver Lake is a hidden dream pop gem called Haunted Summer made up of Bridgette Eliza Moody and John Seasons. Together, the duo creates a wonderfully moody and textured electronic pop music that could accompany you on your next camping trip (as long as it’s not somewhere creepy). Armed with some solid songwriting and a cinematic sense of atmosphere, their sound is completed by Moody’s sultry voice that thrives in the warm hug of Seasons’ bold synths.

Their latest EP Something in The Water is a great five-track introduction that should be more than enough to lure you into their mysterious world, featuring “All Around” (video above).

There will be plenty of chances for you to catch them live this Spring as they embark on a tour. Locally, we’ve got the following dates: On April 14, they will be at Bootleg Theater with Lawrence Rothman (TICKETS). Then on April 27, they will be at Los Globos (TICKETS). On May 8, catch them at The Church on York with Jacco Gardner (TICKETS). - Rozette Diaz - RESTLESS CITIES

"Haunted Summer Stir the Ethereal Soup in "All Around""

Bridgette Eliza Moody and John Seasons as Dream pop duo Haunted Summer make music that evoke ethereal feelings that oftentimes float between hopeful dreams and teary eyed remembrances. Sonically, the blend feels a bit like Beach House meets the Flaming Lips. Check out the video for All Around directed, shot and edited by Christopher J. Ewing. If you are in AP's neck of the woods (Los Angeles area) catch them March 6th at Los Globos with Sea Lions, Winter, and Bronson Caves. - Robb Donker - AMERICAN PANCAKE

"RIVERSIDE: Haunted Summer heads to The Barn"

Bridgette Moody and John Seasons describe themselves as lo-fi people.
Their band, Haunted Summer, reflects that same aesthetic in their soundscapes that have drawn comparisons to the Flaming Lips.
"Everything we do, what we aim for, or what our ears tend to like is more soft and atmospheric, layering and deepness," Moody said in a recent telephone interview.
The Los Angeles-based band, which plays The Barn at UC Riverside on Wednesday, Jan. 29 with Islands, has big things ahead, including a full-length album.
Haunted Summer started in late 2012, as Seasons and Moody sought an outlet from their longtime bands, Seasons and Torches, respectively.
"€œWe became unsatisfied with that music and we connected emotionally and through music as well and the next thing you knew, we started making our own music," Seasons said.
Writing songs, the collaboration came quickly, sitting together and jamming, going back and forth seamlessly with the words and music.
Moody described it as "€œtrue, honest, no ego collaboration."
Their music was discovered by engineer Nicolas Essig, who was the assistant engineer on critically acclaimed albums including Paul McCartney'€™s "€œNew,"€ Dwight Yoakam's "3 Pears"€ and Daft Punk's "Random Access Memories."€
Haunted Summer's full-length will be his producing debut and as Moody and Seasons entered Henson Recording Studios last week, they were aware of the ghosts of the famous artists who had been there before them.
"€œBridgette played Carole King'€™s piano, where the Carpenters and John Lennon also played it. It's a surreal thing," Seasons said.
They also got a chance to stand in the room where "We Are the World"€ is recorded.
"It'€™s been a Mecca for artists for a long time. It's definitely an honor to walk in there and say "We'€™re on the list,'" Moody said.
For Haunted Summer, the plan is to keep their lo-fi spirit, but round off the edges.
"The thing I'€™m most excited for is just creating more depth to all of those layers," Moody said. - Vanessa Franko - PRESS ENTERPRISE

"Artist Spotlight: Haunted Summer"

Back in October, we sat and talked with Bridgette Eliza Moody and John Seasons of Los Angeles act, Haunted Summer. Before their show that night at the Beauty Bar, we met at the Beat to talk to them about their music, the universe, and bees. They’ll be opening for Islands this Friday at the Beauty Bar (1/24), along with local act Twin Brother. Tickets are $10 and they can be found here.

DTLVmusic: We’ll start with the basics. How did the band start and how did you two start playing music?

John: It’s an interesting story. Bridgette and I were mutual friends for almost a decade, eight years. We’ve both been in bands over the past decade. Haunted Summer formed last year, when I got offered to do a covers show at the Echo in LA during Halloween. I said I was going to cover Animal Collective and I came up with the name Haunted Summer. I asked my good friend Bridgette (who is now my wife) if she wanted to do the show and the rest is history. At the end of the night, we did a song by ourselves and we got an intense audience reaction. We went home that night and we thought maybe we should try writing some songs.

DTLVmusic: Is there any meaning behind the name Haunted Summer?

Bridgette: He had discovered that name beforehand, but it meant a lot to both of us, in the time being with everything we had gone through at that point. Everything changed after that last summer. As simple as it is, it’s been unique and coherent to everything we’ve done. We’re happy to keep reppin’ it.

DTLVmusic: How would you describe our sound to someone who’s never heard you before?
John: I would say eerie/psychedelic/dream-pop, basically music with feeling, which is what we wanted to convey with music and lyrics. Previously, in our old bands, it was just about having a good time, but with Haunted Summer we really wanted to focus on the lyrics and music. We want people to retrospect their life and think for a moment.

DTLVmusic: Who are some of your influences?

John: For me personally, music with no restriction, so Animal Collective, Flaming Lips, Portishead, and Bjork. Music that is experimental, but attainable for someone that just likes indie, pop, or rock.

DTLVmusic: If you two had to play one of your songs to introduce someone to your music, which song would you play?

Bridgette: Probably our most recent single, “All Around”. The way we wrote it and the way it came around was really organic and the message conveys a meaning that’s important to us.

John: It was all meant to be, that song is pretty much in a nutshell the story of the band. It’s been a wild ride.

DTLVmusic: Is this the first time you’ve been touring?

John: We’ve been doing crazy stuff, we’ve toured with Polyphonic Spree, we’ve played the Great American Music Hall, the El Rey, we’ve been doing bigger things that we’ve done in the past ten years.

DTLVmusic: Did you guys have a big break? What was it that really made you guys take off?

Bridgette: Honestly, we just got really lucky. We knew certain steps to take and we’re grateful that people really seem to love what we’re doing. We’ve gotten a great response from foreign markets and we’ve played with a lot of international artists.

John: We’re happy to be playing in Vegas tonight, but it’s really weird to hear people in France listening to it by the thousands. That to me is great, but it seems like the international community is a lot more accepting. The people we’ve worked with internationally have been really willing to take a chance on us. We get that it’s a business, but the foreign market is open-minded to our music.

DTLVmusic: Has being close to Hollywood had any influence on your music?

Bridgette: It has definitely given us an edge on how to deal with the business overall. Hollywood is just…business.

John: Ruben was really willing to take a chance on us, giving us a headlining spot. Next time we’re going to come back supporting somebody and hopefully we’ll be there (Beauty Bar) or somewhere cool too. I’m really happy to be here tonight at a really cool place that I’ve been to before that I really like.

DTLVmusic: There are only five songs on the EP, I imagine you’ll be playing more live.

John: Yeah, there’ll be two songs from the album that we’re doing tonight and a cover that we’ve been doing in LA that has a deeper meaning about how we formed the band and the whole purpose of spreading a message with one song. It’s basically the whole Monsanto thing and bees and stuff. Me and Bridgette are really passionate about it, we’ve noticed a lot of weird things going on with that. If people really sat there and put their laptops down, if this really happened we’d have like what, 2, 4 years to live and it’s like we wouldn’t be drinking our coffee and beer and being like fuck. I sit there, I’m guilty, I’m guilty of it all the time. I sit there, I don’t recycle, I act like an asshole. There’s a whole thing of “I don’t care”. When it comes to this, I do care. It’s like, scary, it’s like worth our time. They’re the source of our energy, our oxygen, they’re ancient creatures that have been here for a long time. We’re treating them like fucking shit. - DTLV MUSIC


Still working on that hot first release.



The songs of Haunted Summer are dreamy and hypnotic, rich with orchestral strings and sultry electronic textures, and with their 2013 EP, Something in the Water, the group crafted a captivatingly-ethereal musical journey through a nostalgic world of young love and long-forgotten memories. Consisting of husband-and-wife Bridgette Moody and John Seasons, who share songwriting duties in a true collaboration, the Los Angeles duo have shared the stage and toured with groups and performers including Taken By Trees, The Polyphonic Spree, Islands, Deafheaven, Coeur De Pirate, Olafur Arnalds, Carla Morrison, Meiko, Basia Bulat, Federico Aubele, and Laura Stevenson. They have toured the country and played venues such as The El Rey Theatre, The Great American Music Hall, The Levitt Pavilion, Amoeba Hollywood, The Observatory, The Glasshouse, The Echoplex, Crescent Ballroom, North Park Theater, The Chapel, The Beauty Bar Las Vegas, Pianos, Bottom Of The Hill, The Casbah and many more. Having completed a nine-date tour with Islands and other tour dates with David J of Bauhaus and Jacco Gardner, a 14-date headlining tour across the country, plus a month-long residency in San Francisco, Haunted Summer is poised to bring their enchantingly-psychedelic sound to the world. 

Haunted Summer crafts languid pop music, adorned with orchestral strings and electronic textures that recall Soft Bulletin-era Flaming Lips.-Candice Aman (KXSC Radio) 

Haunted Summer, lives up to its name with an even more enchanting series of dream-pop shimmers, as Bridgette Eliza Moody's vocals trail off languidly in the jet stream of husband John Seasons' majestic emissions. -Falling James (LA Weekly)

Their brand of dream pop feels timeless, with just the right amount of youthful nostalgia to woo your ears into submission. Moody’s smooth, light as air vocals captivate like a siren of the sea, while the arrangements are lush and seductive, but never pushy. It’s a delightful combination that has the power to fill any lazy summer day with an extra bit of magic. -Jacqueline Caruso (The Deli Magazine LA)

The music definitely fulfills the definition of dream pop. The lyrical content relies heavily on longing for and reveling in young love.This is a young band with a high ceiling, I would not be surprised if these songs break out nationally. The title track ends with "No one will love you when you are loved" however this band has love to spare, and I except big things coming their way. -Scott Schultz (LA Record)

There’s no question that whatever is haunting Moody and Seasons is steering the duo toward a beautiful place. -Kevin Bronson (Buzzbands LA)

Windswept vocals, sultry strings and spacey guitar blend together beautifully. The whole thing is mysterious and engrossing enough that it gets under your skin and stirs your own private nostalgia. -Billy Gil (Amoeba Blog)

Haunted Summer features Bridgette Moody and John Seasons, who share songwriting and performing duties in a true collaboration. The result is a very pretty, psychedelic sound with ethereal vocals from Bridgette, who comes into her own as a lead vocalist. -Julia Stoller (The Boston Music Survival Guide)

“It’s like falling asleep in a bathtub of cough syrup.” - Wayne Jessup (The Owl Mag)

"Just two days after the release of their eerily-named EP, Something In The Water, dream pop duo, Haunted Summer, will make the room echo and whirl to the tune of their supernatural anthems, already quite a hit amongst fellow Angelenos." - Cynthia Orgel (Santa Cruz's Good Times Weekly)

Together, the Silver Lake coed duo makes digi-folk pop that’s as enticing as it is spooky. Like an echo in a cave, Moody’s voice carries an eerie yet seductive vibe over soothing strums or gentle beats. This is the sound of dew forming on a chilly morning…-Dan Frazier (Free Bike Valet blog)

The sexy, head trip music of Bridgette Moody and John Seasons seems to take shape somewhere in the space between your ears. They feed you all their hypnotic sounds and leave your brain and senses to figure it out. -Brad Roberts (Feed Your Head Blog)

Haunted Summer consists of Bridgette Eliza Moody and John Seasons, reigning from the Los Angeles area. The group crafts ethereal, dream pop that comes off haunting live. -Shane Jackson (DTLV MUSIC)

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