Wasp Summer

Wasp Summer

 Berlin, Berlin, DEU
BandAmericanaFolk

Wasp Summer's smouldering voice commands immediate attention, framed by timeless sounds of alt-country, soul and blues, pulling you into the stories of women who won't settle down, whose outlaw lives rollercoast through passion, desperation, divorce and the need to burn everything to be free.

Biography

n the first seconds of her debut solo album 'Close as a Slow Dance', Wasp Summer pulls you into the story-arc of a woman who won't settle down and whose outlaw life rollercoasters through passion, desperation, divorce, and a desire to burn everything to be free.

Wasp Summer's smouldering voice commands immediate attention, framed by the timeless sounds of alt-country, soul and blues, of dobros, twangy guitars, warm organs, strings, harmonies and handclaps.

Born in England and reared in an Australian surf town, Sam Wareing birthed Wasp Summer in Berlin's fertile international DIY singer-songwriter scene where she has developed an alternative approach to living as an independent artist.

She curates a monthly living room concert series, has organised and played over 150 concerts, regularly tours via couchsurfing and car-sharing, and has helped build A Headful of Bees, a Berlin-based artist collective and record label that is dedicated to helping artists to take a DIT (Do-It-Together) approach rather than DIY.

So, it makes sense that Wasp Summer's debut album would also embrace this global underground approach. She successfully crowdfunded the cost of mixing, mastering and manufacturing the album with contributions rolling in from 23 cities worldwide. The band recording was done in a relaxed and creative 5-day session with a mobile studio in a private home in northern Italy, was finished in Zürich and then mixed and mastered in Buenos Aires. The album features violin, cello, guitars and vocals emailed in by friends in Tuscon, Oslo, Tamworth and Melbourne who have worked with the likes of Calexico, Giant Sand and Silver Ray.

Wasp Summer will be DIT-touring throughout 2012, starting with Germany in March.

'Close as a Slow Dance' is the first of six albums that the artist collective A Headful of Bees will release in 2012.

Lyrics

Dancehall

Written By: Wasp Summer

I just wanted to hold hands with some young, strong GI
While I waited for myself to cry enough tears to float you back to me

Bring me another gin,
The air is stale and Autumn’s setting in and I’m still in love with him
And no-one wants to dance with me

If none of you are going to take me home
I may as well be carried out comatose cause I feel so numb inside
And all this pretty hair can’t hide that…
I’m still in love with you

And though the future’s knocking
And my love’s a futile offering
And though my body knows better than my heart
I don’t wanna let go and I don’t wanna fall apart
Someone distract me now

The band starts another dance
And rather than offer him another chance, I’m paid to make the people cry
And sing my heart out ’til the lights come up
The band is out the door
The waiter waltzes his broom around the floor but I’m still standing here
Feeling lonely as before, ’cause…
I’m still in love with you

And though the future’s knocking
And my love’s a futile offering
And though my body knows better than my heart
I don’t wanna let go and I don’t wanna fall apart
Someone distract me now

My heart’s a dirty little mutineer…

Discography

as Wasp Summer:
Close as a Slow Dance (2012, A Headful of Bees)
open space is a home (2011, independent/bandcamp)

with The Mime Set:
i've only ever lived in river towns (2007, Wave of Noise)
sleeping is the hardest part (2005, Wave of Noise)

Set List

Waiting
I Hope You'll Mend
Housewife Accomplice
On the Outside of You
On the River Road
No Time For Compliments Now
Pretty Promises
Rue or Willow Tree
Dancehall at Louse Point
Bones
Last night, downtown
Lit Out for Lonely
Jacob
Our Old Oblivion
Late August/Early September
I'm Going Mining
Oh Land Oh Lover