Summer Hours

Summer Hours

 New York City, New York, USA

Fractured pop.


Summer Hours (formerly known as La Pieta) was formed in 2001 in Brooklyn, NY. Rachel and Mike, friends since college, were looking for a way to combine his punk background and her classical piano training. What they came up with sounds like neither one. "Fractured pop" is the one term that's been used that seems to fit the best. Working their way through the New York City music scene (Knitting Factory, Mercury Lounge, Northsix, etc.) helped them solidify a sound that combined her deceptively simple vocal melodies with his unconventional approach to the guitar. Following the release of their record "Summer" and their EP "Inside Out" Griffin joined on drums, bringing a new perspective to this indie-pop power trio. Since officially adopting the name "Summer Hours" (a long story which actually involves a collective of Canadian female violinists, whose numbers were far too vast to be reckoned with) Chris has been added on organ and guitar. The now 4-piece band has continued to follow its own path; mixing quiet, intelligent ballads with upbeat songs reminiscent of the early 90's "college rock" scene.

Summer Hours is:
Rachel Dannefer on vocals and bass
Mike Bliss on guitar
Griffin Richardson on drums
Chris Gullian on organ and guitar


Summer - LP - Contraphonic Records
Inside Out - EP - Technical Echo Records
Alone Together - LP - Technical Echo Records

coming soon:
re-mastered versions of the above to be released on
Deep Elm Records