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UK act SUMMER INDOORS was formed by Mark Jordan (drums) and Jon Dahms (guitars) back in 1987. Chris Dempsey (bass, vocals) and Rob Williams (vocals) made up the final parts of the first dition of the band, at the onset a covers band with a certain fancy for Rush. Vocalist Williams also ran a studio however, and due to that commitment he left the band early on, with Dempsey taking over the lead vocal duties.

As the band opted to concentrate on material within a progressive rock reference also when writing material of their own, they soon found that a keyboard player would be a nice addition to the band. Enter Shaun Milsom, a local theater keyboardist. He stayed with the band long enough to record a six track demo, There's Orangie, which was subsequently shipped to various record labels. Dutch label SI Music decided to sign the band on the strength of this production, and wanted to officially release it too. If the band could add a few additional tracks that is. Milsom had left the band at this stage, but when a replacement was found, one John Sayer, four additional tracks were recorded and Summer Indoors could then release their official debut There's Orangie in 1993, courtesy of a label in Holland.

Following gigs around Europe Summer Indoors were again left as a trio when Sayers had to call it quits for personal reasons. But when the calendar rolled on to 1994 the band was a merry quartet again, thanks to Andy Forrest. Following a few local and European gigs the band hit the studio to record a new album, and in 1995 this second CD was released as Songs in the Key of H. A mini tour to promote the disc followed, and then the band's career was cut short. Their label folded shortly after their album was released, and without label without other labels eagerly awaiting the chance to sign them, Summer Indoors decided to call it a day in 1996.

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2.96 | 8 ratings
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3.04 | 5 ratings
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 There's Orangie by SUMMER INDOORS album cover Studio Album, 1993
2.96 | 8 ratings

There's Orangie
Summer Indoors Crossover Prog

Review by apps79
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3 stars Quite daring the fact for a band to be set up in 1987 with an aim to play technical Rock.But British Summer Indoors gave it a shot back then with Mark Jordan on drums, Jon Dahms on guitar and Chris Dempsey on bass, recording the demo ''Funny old world''.Then their sound enginner Rob Williams joined them on lead vocals and keyboards for the upcoming lives, but his limited time prevented him from trully dedicating to the band.Thus Dempsey decided to take over the vocals and keyboardist Shaun Milsom was recruited for a second demo ''There's orangie'', which was sent to various labels.By the time SI contacted the band Milsom was replaced by John Sayer and a further four songs were written and recorded to offer a full-length album of 60 minutes.''There's orangie'' was eventually released in 1993.

Reputedly Summer Indoors were heavily influenced by RUSH back in 1987 when they first kicked off and apparently this is their main source of inspiration in the more guitar-driven tracks with plenty of powerful leads, sharp solos and more sensitive strokes over rhythmic and well-developed structures with an intense lyricism and a great vocalist like Chris Dempsey.Things often go a bit further.There are lots of pieces with a balanced keyboard-guitar offerings close to the tastes of ENCHANT and more impressively even in the shortest track some instrumental moves are thrown in for good measure.And then there are these pieces, which seem more tightly linked to the British school of 80's Prog with JADIS and PALLAS being the more appropriate comparisons.The sound remains fairly guitar-driven, incorporating some hard-hitting, rockin' moments but also some beautiful melodic parts, while there are some intense synth flashes here and there to offer the familiar Neo Prog flavor.Now, the rest is pretty much known, depending on the band's main influence.The rhythm section is pretty powerful and the quartet keeps a well-drawn line between groovy parts, slightly orchestal keyboards and smoother melodies for an album, which sounds like a standard SI release.

Music, performed with the colors of RUSH, ENCHANT and JADIS.Heavier at moments, more melodic during others.But always well-played.Recommended.

 Songs In The Key Of H by SUMMER INDOORS album cover Studio Album, 1995
3.04 | 5 ratings

Songs In The Key Of H
Summer Indoors Crossover Prog

Review by progrules
Prog Reviewer

3 stars I remember the discussion I had with an Admin of our site about this band several years ago about their contingent inclusion. He said he felt the band was quite similar to It Bites but less progressive so it was "no" at that point. And quite frankly I couldn't disagree with that. Problem was that from other sources (on internet and samplers) Summer Indoors was indicated as some sort of prog rock or at least very close to that. So I felt that if they would ever get added to the list on PA it would be in prog related but in the end they are placed in crossover...

Anyway, at least I'm able to review their album ultimately so here we go. The opener Placebo is immediately the most progressive track I believe and probably the best. A good composition it is and a good example of a crossover sort of song (so right in between prog and pop). Funny enough the rest of the songs are leaning more towards pop which made me agree with the admins decision back then. Still the inclusion can be defended since PA wants to add every band that made at least one progressive track in their history.

Summer Indoors produces "pop plus" so to speak meaning that it's pop music with a progressive flavor, more inventive and complex than most pop usually is. I feel the band could be content about their appearance here because they are a true borderline case. If you like bands like that, go for this Songs in the Key of H. Nice prog related stuff without being excellent at any point. From the other album There's Orangie I only know their song Peaktime Boulevard because it appeared on a SI sampler and that sounded pretty progressive as well so the band knows what prog is about obviously but decided to go for the very accessible road most of the time. If you're getting curious go for their albums I'd say but don't expect too much of it. 2,75 *.

Thanks to windhawk for the artist addition.

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