After last week saw the formal introduction to The Summer Jam 2: Beat The Heat, we can officially begin with the musician’s picks in this week’s episode! I hope you’re as pumped as I am, because we’re starting with a bang: check out Justin Seymour (guitarist for progressive deathcore band The Room Colored Charlatan)’s favorite albums to spin in the summer heat below!
Justin Seymour (The Room Colored Charlatan)
Plini – Handmade Cities
If there is an album more made for jamming and feeling happy about your life while driving in the summer I don’t think I have found it.
Lil Dicky – Professional Rapper
Hilarious and clever, Lil Dicky’s well-known album Professional Rapper always makes me laugh and it is the perfect thing to jam with friends or at a summer party.
Polyphia – Renaissance
Instrumental prog has rarely been so catchy and Polyphia makes even your lamest of mainstream friends think they are progheads after listening to this album.
City and Colour – Little Hell
This album has been an important one that has grown on me over the course of the last several years and I find myself always going back to it. While often sad, it somehow puts me in a good mood.
Deftones – Koi No Yokan
Driving at night, with the street lights passing above and the warm nigh air hitting your face through the window, is the perfect time for this album.
Tesseract – Altered State
This is what I consider to be pretty much the perfect album, not just for summer but any time. A true masterpiece of beauty, groove, and ambience. I could talk about this album forever but suffice it to say this is on constant repeat.
Stories – Void
While not exactly ‘summery’, when I am in need for something to destroy me existentially I turn to this record. Stories has evolved a lot and I also enjoy their new album The Youth to Become but Void is something I always find on repeat.
The Contortionist – Exoplanet
Ok, so this is obligatory. Having come up in Indy while TC was still in their infancy, the summer of senior year of highschool was shaped by their first album Shapeshifter. Since then I have been a diehard fan and knew they would go far. Exoplanet literally is the soundtrack to my most formative years as a person and musician. Therefore I spin it every summer at least 1-100 times.
Erra – Augment
Perhaps one of, if not THE best metalcore record I have ever heard, this album is top notch in every aspect with awesome song composition to production.
Architects – Daybreaker
This album took its sweet time to grow on me, but Daybreaker is epic and beautiful while making you slam your head. It is amazing how albums like this while at first may not capture my interest work their way into one of my favorites of all time. Song: These Colours Don’t Run
So there you have it! Thanks to Justin Seymour for being a part of The Summer Jam 2: Beat The Heat, it’s been a pleasure. Make sure to follow his band on Facebook and check out their music if you’re not already familiar with them!
Tune back in next week for more exciting lists from a great roster of equally fantastic musicians/bands! Until then, why not tell us your favorite summer records? Leave them in the comments! See you next time, and as always…
…thanks for reading!