Today Sweet Nobody is sharing their cover of The Undertones’ “Here Comes The Summer” which is the B-side of their brand new Five Star Diary 7″ single. The Five Star Diary 7″ is Sweet Nobody‘s follow-up to 2021’s We’re Trying Our Best and is out everywhere via Lazyperfection Records. Purchase the 7″ HERE.
Regarding the B-side’s origin, Brian Dishon stated:
“In 2019 before we started recording We’re Trying Our Best, we wanted to record a cover to shake off some rust and see if Hurley’s studio would be a good place to work on the album. In the midst of a busy studio schedule we arranged a quick session at Hurley with our friend Davey Warsop engineering and knocked it out in 4 hours. Our guitarist Casey, stuck in traffic, was unable to make it for the lead parts, so that’s me in true punk rock spirit hacking my way through the guitar solo.
Pre-pandemic we thought it might be fun to wait to release it just prior to the summer of 2020 but as the pandemic progressed and the months became bleaker and bleaker we decided against it. It was definitely wrong for that summer but it feels right for the summer of 2022–we haven’t had a more hopeful one in awhile!”
Recorded prior to the pandemic and initially intended for release in the summer of 2020, Sweet Nobody’s sophomore full-length, We’re Trying Our Best, found itself waylaid by the same unexpected reality as the rest of us. While there was no way of knowing what lay ahead for humanity in general when lead singer/lyricist Joy Deyo was writing the album, she was dealing with her own challenge, living with chronic pain from an illness that resisted proper diagnosis and treatment, and her experience of trying to learn to live with it informed her songwriting.
Given We’re Trying Our Best‘s thematic bent toward addressing the reality of living with challenges, the insecurity that feeling damaged can bring, the sustaining support that the love of those close to you can provide, along with the occasional weirdness one can feel just being around other people, how fitting that the album is finally being released in 2021, as we may possibly be on the verge of re-integrating into some semblance of social normalcy (for better or worse). If there’s anyone out there who couldn’t have related to any of those things a year ago, certainly most of us are on board by now, feeling unsure and unsettled, a little rudderless, trying our best to figure it out.
But We’re Trying Our Best is no ponderous goth dirge. It’s a summer album, after all (maybe a touch of fall), and the band cites Felt’s Maurice Deebank, Johnny Marr, and the Go-Betweens as sonic influences. There is frequently a similar lightness to their touch and, as with their debut album Loud Songs For Quiet People, Sweet Nobody delivers pointed and poignant lyrical insight with some of the most well crafted indie-rock/pop this side of Flying Nun. The band’s lineup consists of Joy Deyo (guitar/vox), Brian Dishon (drums/guitar/vox), Casey Snyder (guitar), and Adam Nolan (bass). Their sophomore LP was recorded between Hurley Studios and producer/engineer, Joel Jerome’s garage; the final product sounds present and alive in a way that feels particularly refreshing right now, a reminder of the connection we can have with each other through shared experience and the power of human relationships to endure. We’re Trying Our Best may have been delayed but in some ways, it has come at the right time.