Album Review: Summerlin – You Can’t Burn Out If You’re Not On Fire

As they say good things come to those who wait and this can be said for Summerlin, the Leeds based quartet who have put their heart and souls into their full-length debut.

With an album title taken from a Jim Morrison (The Doors front man) quote, the name summarises the bands outlook on their musical career and is heavily influenced by the dream to break away from the reality of day to day life.

As a whole, the album is an easy listening summer soundtrack full of twists and turns and sing-a-long choruses, traits that would seem common to most rock bands in the 21st Century. Admittedly Summerlin possess these traits, yet they manage to combine them with a fresh take on the rock genre, producing an album varying in pace to keep the listener on their toes.

 Credit goes to ‘United Divided’, a track that produces a raw sound that seems to take the band out of their comfort zone and shows their true potential. The second half of the release reflect this transition more so, experimenting with the heavier side of rock and emphasising edgy vocals and group chants that would make great crowd interaction at live shows. 

However it shouldn’t be forgotten that Summerlin can show their softer side, as ‘Easy on the Eyes’ takes the speed down a notch and reflects a calmer section of the release. This can be a failing business for some but the quartet have taken the risk and achieved a fantastic result that compliments the rest of the album. 

Summerlin have the determination and potential to succeed with such a praiseworthy debut full length; combined with an already established name in the music scene, just one final push will wave goodbye to that daily reality and say hello to their dream of victory.

3.5/5

‘You Can’t Burn Out If You’re Not On Fire’ by Summerlin is out now.

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Words by Hannah Gillicker (@HannahGillicker)

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