The Summer Set Announces Indefinite Hiatus as Singer Brian Dales Moves to New Project
Arizona pop-rockers The Summer Set confirmed today what their fans have been fearing for a while. After being inactive for most of 2017, they’re deciding to log off more officially.
Today frontman Brian Dales took to Tumblr to announce the band’s indefinite hiatus in a lengthy personal note, which touched on his decision to close the book on the 10-year old band and focus on solo material.
“The Summer Set will not be making any records or touring plans indefinitely,” he wrote, before thanking each of the group's members individually, along with their fans.
Bassist Stephen Gomez chimed in on Twitter, confirming Dales’ decision to leave the band and wishing him well on his solo endeavors.
In his note, Dales detailed his struggles surrounding the Summer Set’s most recent record -- 2016’s Stories For Monday -- specifically, how he “fell out of love with music” several years back, doubted his songwriting ability and “slept all day, drank all night,” while struggling to get through the album and other band-related activities. It was around this period that the Summer Set briefly split up a first time, but decided to pull it together for Stories, released last April on Fearless Records.
The frontman plans to focus on post-Summer Set work as DALES alongside friend Matt Beckley. Stephen Gomez and his brother, guitarist John Gomez, have already tossed their respective hats in the ring for production and writing work with other artists. The Summer Set lineup was rounded out by guitarist Josh Montgomery and drummer Jess Bowen, the latter of which is currently touring as part of Alice Glass’ band.
This hurts so much to say. Thank you for the best ten years of my life. I love you all. pic.twitter.com/fXhG8X0L0J— Stephen Gomez (@stephen_james) October 17, 2017
After forming in Phoenix in 2007, the Summer Set released four albums, beginning with 2009’s Love Like This and concluding with Stories For Monday. We leave you with “Figure Me Out,” the opening track from their final album, which began with a line that summed up their sound quite succinctly: “I’m a bit too pop for the punk kids, but I'm too punk for the pop kids.”