LOUDER FEATURES: Mixtape Medley with Keep Summer Safe
Welcome back to Mixtape Medley, where we take you inside the CD collections and playlists of your favourite up-and-coming bands.
This edition, we chatted to the pop punk proteges in Keep Summer Safe. Vocalist and guitarist Gian Carlo, bassist Lawrence Murphy and drummer Aaron Planson gave us their take on the best tracks to liven up any party, and the songs that soundtracked their first kisses...
All the songs mentioned below have been compiled into a handy playlist - listen along below:
Which song reminds you most of your childhood?
Gian: Early childhood? I’d say... between 'Wait and Bleed' by Slipknot or any songs by Westlife hahaha. My uncle - who taught me how to play bass, which was my first instrument - was a really big fan of Nu-Metal fan and was always playing Slipknot’s self-titled album. Not sure how Westlife came about, it was just there! But when I turned 12/13, it would MCR, Blink 182, Green Day, and other artists in the emo genre - they were my go-to, and, consequently, they have become my main influences now.
Lawrence: Hmm, if I had to pick one song, which is tough because there are so many to choose from, I would have to say 'Ocean Avenue' by Yellowcard. It takes me back to summer nights, house parties, stupid decisions and it’s just such an awesome song!
Aaron: I can say 100% it’s 'Fairground' by Simply Red. It was the only CD in my dad's car for as long as I can remember. It’s cool because it links together so many different memories. Whether it was a drive to band practice, football training or to visit friends or family; Simply Red were always standing by...
Which song was playing (or do you wish was playing!) when you had your first kiss?
Gian: If I remember correctly, it was 'Tonight' by FM Static... I’m kidding, I’ve never had my first kiss.
Lawrence: Ahhh, I can’t remember what song was playing, I’m struggling to even remember my first kiss... is that bad? But if I could have picked a song to play I’d want it to be 'Hold My Hand' by New Found Glory, absolute tune! Not to mention it’s pretty soppy.
Aaron: I honestly have no idea. But let’s just go with it being 'Foxtrot, Uniform, Charlie, Kilo' by Bloodhound Gang!
What is the best song to listen to when you can’t sleep at night?
Gian: It would be 'Gravity' by John Mayer. Hell! Any John Mayer songs to be honest. His voice is just divine.
Lawrence: I don’t really listen to music when I sleep, I like to listen to audio books, like all the cool people do... but, if I had to go for a song, I’d say 'Aurora's Theme' by Cœur de Pirate. It’s from a video game called Child of Light; great game and a really soothing piece of music.
Aaron: 'Hear You Me' by Jimmy Eat World. It’s just so soothing. Anything acoustic will do though!
You have to steal one piece of rock memorabilia from a Hard Rock Café – what would you take and why?
Gian: Paul McCartney’s bass... so I can blame Lawrence for it, cos he plays left handed and plays bass. They can’t blame me for it!
Lawrence: That’s another tough question! But I would probably go with one of the Jimi Hendrix guitars, so that way I can actually play it! Sadly playing left handed makes it tough to play a lot of the others in there.
Aaron: I’d be scrambling for Travis Barkers drum kit. He’s the reason I picked up the drumsticks in the first place, and his gear is always custom made which is super rad.
Someone hands you the aux cord at a party – which song would you choose to get everybody up and dancing?
Gian: 'Shake It' by Metro Station! It’s like the best song to dance to and it comes with instructions on how to dance it... you know, Shake it.
Lawrence: It depends on the vibe, but 'The Space They Can’t Touch' by Less Than Jake! Nothing like a bit of ska to get you on your feet and moving!
Aaron: Without any hesitation my go-to song to get people hyped is always 'Ride Wit Me' by Cut Down Clay. The original was a big tune but when you double time it, or even triple time it & add some electric guitars you’re onto a winner!
What is your go-to song that inspires you to get writing your own material?
Gian: 'Jesus of Suburbia' by Green Day. I just like how it’s written and how lyrics tells a story but also a part of a bigger story within the album. I like the fact every part of the song works as well. I listen to it and go, I need to keep practicing and practice how to write songs to come up with a masterpiece like 'Jesus of Suburbia'.
Lawrence: I really enjoy listening to the early Green Day stuff when it comes to that, 'International Super Hits' was one of the gateway albums for me into the genre, albeit a compilation, so I’ll say 'Pop Rocks and Coke' by Green Day.
Aaron: Everytime I listen to Relient K I feel super inspired to write some lyrics like Matthew Thiessen. I couldn’t narrow it down to a single song though - everything that fella does is incredible.
What song do you wish you had written?
Gian: 'Bohemian Rhapsody' by Queen. Imagine putting an operatic section in a rock song?! It’s such a classic song that everyone knows!
Lawrence: I really wish I had written “The Best I Ever Had” by The Swellers. It’s super angsty with catchy vocals and guitar hooks - the kind of guitar hooks you sing along to!
Aaron: Tricky one this. My heart says 'Gangnam Style' by PSY but my head says 'All The Small Things' by Blink-182. Either way the royalty cheques would be pretty sweet!
If you could get any artist to feature on one of your songs, who would it be?
Gian: Mark Hoppus- I don’t think you’re a proper pop punk band if you don’t have Mark Hoppus featured on one of your songs!
Lawrence: I would absolutely love to have Jaret Reddick from bowling for soup on one of our songs, He’s got such a distinctive voice and he’s such a cool guy! Someone you could easily have a beer with and then ten more all the while listening to his stories from their past tours.
Aaron: I’m a sucker for songs with male and female vocals. I guess we’ve got the Male part covered so let’s get Ariana Grande involved. I’m sure she’d being a few fans along too, I mean she’s got over 200 million followers on Instagram alone... make us famous Ariana!
If you had to choose one song to be the soundtrack to a movie about your life, what would it be?
Gian: 'Stupid Kid' by Alkaline Trio because I look back at the things I’ve done and I cringe immediately.
Lawrence: 'All Star' by Smash Mouth, because you can just imagine it: it’s a sunny day, a huge overhead shot of London, people going about their business, then it slowly pans down to my house as it settles for a few seconds and then suddenly “someBODY once told me...” as I rush off late for work... what do you mean that’s the opening to Shrek? Are you sure? Can you check again?
Aaron: 'Fuct Up Kid' by Mest, what an anthem!
Which is the song you are most proud of writing?
Gian: 'Not An Apology'. It’s one of those songs where we were surprised with the amount of people that connected with the song, which makes me proud that we wrote it.
Lawrence: I’d have to say All The Small Things, it went down pretty well... I’m kidding! But could you imagine? For me I’d have to say 'Nervous', it’s just everything I love in a song, catchy riff, fast and just an all out traditional pop punk song.
Aaron: I really like 'In Time', I got to go a bit more adventurous on the drums and build up the bridge into this big ending. It’s just something a little different to the rest of the EP. But I’m really proud of everything we’ve released together.
Keep Summer Safe's debut EP, 'Meet Me There', is out now as a self-release - stream the EP below: