The Summer Set - Chelsea

20 January Critic Jonni 0 Comments

The Summer Set is a whole new band to me. This music video got posted on my Facebook Wall, thanks to DJD, and I watched it for the first time today.

The band consists of Brian Dales, Stephen Gomez, Josh Montgomery, Jess Bowen and John Gomez. The band has a typical pop/rock sound that may appeal to younger audiences. This is the sort of music I'm going off now, I think there's some cheesiness to it and that is probably what dissuades me from liking it.

The song "Chelsea" is written by the band themselves which is supposed to help them connect to the song, but I'm not sure if I like it, I don't know whether it's the song or the fact that the band doesn't connect very well... It's a catchy song and it's currently stuck in my head, but I can't see this band going anywhere.

The music video is heavily narrative, sometimes this is a good thing and at times it's not. In this case I'm sort of in the middle, I like the fact that we're introduced to the characters and we know exactly what is going on, but it's missing something, such as humour? Fine they pull the teacher's wig off but that's funny for a 10 year old. They aren't really appealing to the teenagers which is where they would really get more of an audience from.

There is quite a lot going on, but it's sharp, quick and fast that I find it difficult to follow, and I've watched it three times already. He gets the girl way too quickly and he's not even worked for it, I just don't quite understand how this has all happened within a short space of time... Maybe I'm being too critical.

As for look-a-likes... Well when I first saw the lead singer I could have sworn I had seen him in a TV show or something, and after further searching, I found out that Brian Dales looks a lot like Dustin Milligan (most known for playing Ethan in 90210). As for anyone else, I'm not sure but I bet you can come up with some ideas.

Overall this song is really catchy and has grown on me, but it's still not my sort of thing. The music video needed to be more humorous and easier to follow, however it's got performance and narrative all compact into one, and is one of those videos you could watch a few more times.