by Thomas Bedward October 16, 2021
Founded on the creative coast of Western Australia and guided by the tangy westerly breeze, Perth’s South Summit have arrived with an emotional and invigorating new tune, ‘River Days’. The next step for the talented five-piece, who spent weeks with producer Dave Parkin refining the track, the new single has a raw, brilliant sound that has been retained the stark emotion of the initial demo.
Catchy, heartfelt and wonderfully memorable ‘River Day’ is a groove that demands attention, grabbing audiences by the hand and taking them on a sonic journey with a winding narrative. With Parkin’s guidance, the band was able to take the song to new levels, crafting an instant classic behind singer Zaya’s earnest storytelling.
Speaking openly about the new single, lead singer Zaya explained, “When we first wrote it, we knew it had potential and did not want to rush the writing process. We didn’t plan on recording ‘River Days’ this early as we didn’t think it was ready, but we took a leap of faith. After weeks in the studio, we came out with a song that was completely different to what we came in with, which retained the elements of the original demo, but truly captured the meaning behind the words.”
For a group so young, ‘River Days’ covers a story of addiction with a maturity that belies their age. ‘Save me from the river’ acts as a cry for help and a warning for those about to tread the same path.
Zaya continued, “‘River Days’ is a story about the abuse of alcohol and how it can change the people closest to you. It is drawn from many personal experiences and deep emotions. The song is an attempt to show the very personal journey I have taken. “Save me from the river”, is a cry for help. Help to be spared from seeing those closest to me change for the worse, help to save them from alcohol and help to stop me from treading the same path.”
School friends Zaya, Nathan, Flynn, Nemo and Josh quickly combined their influence on South Summit, creating beautifully distinctive and flowing melodies that are instantly recognisable and uniquely theirs.
This brilliant union between the members has seen South Summit hit the ground running, and their debut EP ‘Merlin’ has gained over 80,000+ streams so far, allowing the band to build a cult-like following amongst their fans. With the band eager to continue the rapid growth, ‘River Days’ is the first drop of a musical wave that is rolling on for South Summit.
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