Summer ain’t over ‘til The Great Outdoors say it is, and they put their stamp on the season and more in their latest EP. Adam Nation follows up his Spring EP (QRO review) from earlier this year with the second in the planned four ‘seasonal’ EPs. It’s a little late in the dog days, but Summer always seems like it takes forever to come. Thankfully, even at only four songs, the days of this Summer are packed.
The Great Outdoors start off their vacation in urban jungle with “Summer in the City”, but this dirty-blues bass-heavy rock has a sly, pushing style that immediately wins over. The folk-harmony “Give Everything” that follows gives a bit of a jarring shift, but “Last Day of Our Vacation” is dark and serious in its grind. And thankfully, there’s a Day after “Last”, a relaxed, alt-country heart-rock look back on “Maybe Time Will Tell”.
After delivering a strong opening in Spring, The Great Outdoors take it up another notch with Summer. Less bright, but more burning, Summer is also more varied (and 33% longer than that three-song EP…). It may have taken extra while for Summer to come, but it’s August – and who, besides Olympic athletes and Russian soldiers, get much done now? What’s more, all the kids & adults have something to remember this season by, and a reason to keep their heads up when they go back to school & work: Fall EP.