Engine Summer have released their ‘Back-Street Boys’ EP, which is a collection of indie thrillers, ballads, psych freak-outs and krautrock jams. Recorded to tape at Treehouse Records and piggybacking off their 2019 ‘Indiana’ EP, Engine Summer continues their tradition of no-limits psych-punk songwriting. Listen to Carol’s Dead Via YouTube below to get a taste of the EP.
The three members of the band do more than groups double their size. Everyone writes, and everyone’s the lead singer. After meeting in high school shop class and seven various DIY bands later, the three landed together in late 2016 in pursuit of an irreverent style of dancey-yet-krauty psych pop & punk. The rules they ride by are: only make music that excites them; every show leaves an impression; every song different from the last; no social media post too social.
Engine Summer have become a regular in Chicago’s indie clubs, and have also branched out nationally with two East Coast tours, a recent trip to Denver, a Paste Magazine Daytrotter session, and opening slots for Ra Ra Riot, Bodega, Acquaintances (members of Don Caballero) and Baked (members of Titus Andronicus).
Engine Summer create their own flyers, album artwork, and music videos, exhibiting an innate care for aesthetic beyond just music (it also helps that their drummer is a founding member of Weird Life Films). They also post a lo-fi video series called Malört Time, chronicling their DIY tours, trials and tribulations, hailed by critics as “peculiar.”
Their brand new ‘Back-Street Boys’ EP is out now and features singles Carol’s Dead, and Night School.