SUMNER ‘South’ Tasmanian Headline Dates
“South is a love song to Tasmania,” explain Sumner. “Our home state provided a place of comfort and healing in a time of searching and longing for a state of contentment. We were spending a lot of time in Hobart around that time, and with every trip I felt like I came back having found a little more of the person I wanted to become. I found solace in heading South.”
“Originally South was a bit of a slow jam; sexy and slinky R&B vibes. We’d sent it in a pack of works in progress to Nick and Peter and when we arrived at the studio, they’d completely flipped the instrumental. We kept all of the original vocal parts from the demo and developed them to follow the energy Nick and Peter had injected into the track.”
The video for ‘South’ was filmed between Newcastle, Sydney and Tasmania, with Nick Littlemore himself behind the camera for parts and another Littlemore brother, James, on editing duties. “We filmed half the film clip in Newcastle and Sydney’s CBD, with Nick Littlemore behind the camera shooting,” explain Sumner. “The second half we filmed ourselves in takayna / Tarkine, on the rugged north west coast of Tasmania. The contrast between the neon lights and sleek concrete of the city against the raw and untamed Tasmanian coastline aligns with those feelings of uncertainty towards your own personal identity. There’s a multitude of selves to capture and fall in love with, and sometimes a place you resonate with can make that journey all the more euphoric and romantic.”
Sumner are the third signing to Nick Littlemore and Peter Mayes’ Lab78 label with Nick Littlemore first coming across Jack and Chloe at a festival in Tasmania. “Pete and I came across this band while on tour in regional Tasmania. We shared a stage together at the Forth pub on a sweet breezy day a few years back. We were struck by their fierce intensity. Chloe commanded the stage conjuring notes of Chrissie Hynde, Iggy Pop and Karen Finley. Jack the uber-cool, multi-instrumental wonder dazzling on any synth/bass or guitar he picks up and plays.”
Sumner’s debut release on Lab78, ‘Stranded’, was a breakthrough moment for the duo, hitting the top 30 on Shazam nationally, top 5 on the Spotify Viral chart and getting a full addition to triple j. ‘South’ is the continuation of the Sumner story and is available on Lab78 from June 17th. Catch Sumner bringing their live show to Sydney on the below dates.