Summer Salt Kicked off Album Tour in Their Hometown
By Atziri Garcia
On March 20th, the Dallas based band, Summer Salt announced month long tour to promote newly released EP, “Honeyweed”.
Now based in Austin, Texas the band originally formed in Dallas, Texas. Band members Matt Terry (vocals and guitar) and Eugene Chung (drums) started the band in high school and reunited in Austin in 2013.
This year they played their first show at Trees with accompanying bands Motel Radio, and Dante Elephante.
Dante Elephante, indie rockers from Santa Barbara, California got the crowd going during their set. Half way through their set Ruben Zarate (guitar, vocalist) wearing an all-white, Elton John, like esque suit took to join the pit.
Zarate, engaging the crowd in a short circle, as he carefully dragged the microphone cord around the pit. The crowd of mostly amused, teenagers standing around him in a polite demeanor, giving him room to serenade them, as they captured the moment on their phones.
Zarate sang his dreamy surf like songs from both of their last two albums (Rare Attractions, and Anglo Saxon Summer). The crowd singing and cheering Zarate, as he sang their last song “Call Me “. Zarate, singing the chorus “Call me (call me) on the line/call me/call me any/anytime…” in a high vibrato as he smoothly brought it back down to a lower tenor voice and started all over again until finally ending their set.
Summer Salt started their set with “Revvin’ My Cj7” taking the crowd in for a soft, dream like coral reef, rockabilly, elevated sound. Playing songs from all five of their EPS like “Driving to Hawaii “and “Favorite Holiday”. The mood was kept to a minimal ease, transcending the crowd into a rock a way beach, engulfed in dreamy ballads. The easily given encore brought out a bit more excitement, as beach balls were thrown amongst the pit and back to the stage again.
Their show lasting about one and half hours long. Songs on their set list included songs from all five of their EPs. They played to an almost sold out, full house compromised of friends, family and local fans. Near the end of their set Matt(vocalist) directing to the crowd, thanked all for being there. He pointed towards the right side, upstairs balcony were close friends and family members were hanging out and cheering them on. Among friends included was Ariel Hartley, of local act Pearl Earl (vocals) sitting near me.
It almost felt like an overall farewell concert, anticipating a good tour to come.