Grant Carey and Chrissy Sandman began making music as Summer Underground during the summer of 2011 in the suburbs of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Retreating back home after a year of college, the duo recorded their first album, Beneath This City, in their basements and living rooms. Recorded on a macbook with a single microphone, the album was created through trial and error.
A year later, Grant and Chrissy spent several months studying in Europe in London and Prague respectively. This experience would fuel the double EP project Departures/Arrivals. Intent on challenging the sounds and structures created on the first record, Departures was indeed a calculated departure from the cheery quirk-pop of Beneath This City in favor of a more aggressive, electronic sound. And yea, there is a theme developing.
After the Departures EP was released in December 2012, another year of school passed. The following summer would be different, however, as Chrissy would spend the season in New York City while Grant headed home to Pittsburgh for a few months before moving to Queens. A study in creating performative, visceral folk music, its worth noting that Arrivals was largely recorded in two different places; the duo utilized drop box and google drive to trade songs, ideas, and lyric files. When Arrivals was released in October 2013, it marked not only the completion of the Departures/Arrivals project, but also Grant’s move to New York City, and the Arrival of a band that was ready to be a real band, living in the same place, playing and recording music.
The duo will head to Ligonier, PA this summer to record their 2nd full length album, Honeycomb. [+]