The first in a series of four EPs being released with each season, finishing in Spring 2021, Summer is a new release from Don’t Call Me Ishmael who seem inspired by Scottish writer, Ali Smith. Twenty-four new songs will be released in batches of six, with the tone of each EP reflecting the time of year. Summer is out now, which is what the band discussed with The Fountain below, along with the venues they’re looking forward to playing in again.

TF: You have a new EP out, what has the reception been like to Summer

It feels like people have really enjoyed this EP, we’ve gotten a lot of press coverage and interest. Prior to this we’ve done three full length albums, so it feels nice to be taking a more episodic approach with our new music.

The closing track Wolves Beware! – seems to have really resonated with people, it’s psychedelic and unlike anything we’ve done before. 

One thing that really helps us stand out (and that we drove home really hard on this EP) is that we don’t have a defined main singer, we’ve got Gary and Sophie who act as the front-people, but all of us take turns on the lead vocal and it gives each record a bit of a Wheel of Fortune vibe – you never know who you might land on when each song starts. 

TF: How would you sum it up in one sentence?

Harmony soaked power pop to complement warm summer nights.

TF: What is your plan for the remainder of the year, after this EP release?

The Summer EP is the first in a series of four EPs themed around the seasons that are planned for release between 2020-2021. They aren’t overtly written about nature, it’s more how they feel as a collection of songs; the darker and more intimate songs will end up on the Autumn and Winter EPs, whilst the brighter and hopeful ones will be on the Spring EP.

If COVID hadn’t hit we’d be busy playing live shows and working on all the other projects we’re a part of. Sadly, that’s not the case, so we’re taking this time to wrap up recordings and think about what the life of an independent band is going to look like in a post-COVID world. Sounds overly dramatic, but we really do think gigging and recording will be changed.

TF: Where is your favourite venue for playing live, where is the next place you look most forward to gigging? 

We’re always interested in playing new places and cities. Our tour in 2019 took us further afield that we’ve been before and we found some great venues like Cafe Totem in Sheffield, Big Comfy Bookshop in Coventry and Spark CIC in York. But honestly, our spiritual home is a pub in Stoke called The Glebe, we launched our first album there and we get to rock up about twice a year and play these mammoth, Springsteen-esque sets and drink some very nice Joules beer.