By Mandi Kimes
Reminiscent of Beach House, Haunted Summer writes songs that are dreamy and hypnotic, rich with orchestral strings and sultry electronic textures. Consisting of husband-and-wife team and equal collaborators Bridgette Moody and John Seasons, the Los Angeles duo have shared the stage and toured with groups and performers including Taken By Trees, Islands, Deafheaven, Basia Bulat, The Polyphonic Spree and more. Having completed multiple headlining tours across the country among other countless tour dates, Haunted Summer is poised to bring their dreamy, psychedelic sound to the world. Haunted Summer will be performing Wednesday night, January 13th at Barboza in Seattle with Peg, Screens, and Sama Dams. Click here for more show information.
MANDI: I hear bit and pieces of Beach House influence in your sound. Can you tell me what inspires you to write and create?
JOHN: We were in other projects for ten years before we left those bands and eventually got married and started making music together. The Haunted Summer sound is something that happened organically and has been in our minds for ten years. Our old bands were collaborative efforts with lots of people, but these sounds were the ones we wanted to make. When we got together, we wrote demos, which is what we play now. We didn’t go into it with the idea of “We wanna sound like this band.” When I played in other bands, I played with picks and would play guitar solos, and here I play with my fingers and it’s more of a washy sound.
MANDI: Your EP Something In The Water is described as “a captivatingly-ethereal musical journey through a nostalgic world of young love and long-forgotten memories.” Care to explain?
BRIDGETTE: The songs on that EP would flow out of us incredibly fast, and it was right after we broke off of the previous band. The EP is essentially about “you vs. the world” and also about finding beauty in darkness of learning lessons from hard times in the past.
JOHN: We also wanted to write songs that were nostalgic. Past songs were about being in the moment, and we wanted to write songs similar to a diary entry. We wanted to write about relating to a past moment.
MANDI: Of all the many artists you’ve toured with, who have been some of your favorites and why? What makes a great touring partner?
BRIDGETTE: We’ve been incredibly fortunate with the bands we’ve had to tour with. I’d personally say Polyphonic Spree is giant group with wonderful people. Having the chance to squish up on stage with all them is truly a magical experience. We’ve had a lot of wild experiences with different acts.
JOHN: I really enjoyed Deafheaven, because I didn’t know how the audiences were gonna blend, but they were some of the sweetest guys. They were good about communicating with us. We were really humbled by that. A good touring partner is being able to be on a humble human level past the art we do. After we get off stage and close those doors, we are human. It’s great to converse with people on a music level but also on a personal level.
BRIDGETTE: We’re grateful for all artists we’ve been with, but the friendship and bond beyond that is amazing. It’s the few hours between sound check, when we either hang out or don’t. It’s a magical bonding experience.
MANDI: You’re currently touring with new music since your 2013 release. What can fans expect with the new songs? When can fans expect the new album?
JOHN: They’re a little more upbeat. You can still grasp it’s the Haunted Summer sound; it’s not rock songs, but they’re definitely more upbeat. We toured with our EP for three years, but we’ve been writing between. We’re proud that these songs have grown over time and we’re excited for people to hear them…the album can be expected sometime in 2016.
MANDI: Who are you currently listening to?
BRIDGETTE: We got a chance to do a DJ set in Sacramento, where we got to spin some of our favorites.
JOHN: We played our favorites from Chemical Brothers, Lali Puna, Boards of Canada, The Concretes and more. I've been listening to a lot of Biff Bros., De La Cuesta, Bjork, Camera Obscura, and The Flaming Lips.