The songs of Haunted Summer are dreamy and hypnotic, rich with orchestral strings and sultry electronic textures, and with their 2013 EP, Something in the Water, the group crafted a captivatingly-ethereal musical journey through a nostalgic world of young love and long-forgotten memories. Consisting of Bridgette Moody and John Seasons, who share songwriting duties in a true collaboration, the Los Angeles duo have shared the stage and toured with groups and performers including, among others, The Polyphonic Spree, Taken By Trees, Laura Stevenson, The Radar Brothers, and Avi Buffalo. They have toured the country and played venues such as Amoeba Hollywood, The Echoplex, The Great American Music Hall, The Troubadour, The El Rey Theatre and many more.
Having just completed a nine-date tour with Islands and other tour dates with David J of Bauhaus and Jacco Gardner, plus a 14-date headlining tour across the country, Haunted Summer is poised to bring their enchantingly-psychedelic sound to the mainstream. Upcoming Haunted Summers shows will also feature Grammy winner Carla Morrison and acclaimed band Deafheaven.
What are your respective musical backgrounds?
John: We both have been playing music since we were very young. Bridgette was in theatre at a young age and I have family in the music industry including my father, who is a jazz drummer.
Who are your biggest creative influences?
John: Life, Death, Dreams, Nightmares, Love, The Mystic Forest in all our minds.
Do you recall the first song you learned to play? If so, what was it?
John: It was either “Ring of Fire” by Johnny Cash or “In My Life” by The Beatles, can’t recall which came first but both were a monumental personal moment… the kind of moment you long for as a child to just play songs you love.
How did you meet one another?
Bridgette: We met playing in separate bands alongside each other for 10 years and really admired each other’s talents. We bonded quickly, as we seemed to mirror each other’s presence and position in our old bands.
What is your songwriting process?
Bridgette: It’s very organic and collaborative. When the songs are flowing, we try to let them write themselves instead of overanalyzing anything. There’s nothing more unnatural than sitting there try to make things more complicated than they need to be. We share lyrical and musical duty on all the songs, so you can be assured every song is a bearing of both of our souls.
From your perspective, what is the best part about recording music and touring alongside your significant other?
Bridgette: We’ve always considered ourselves to be incredibly lucky that we get to share all of these experiences together. It becomes a rhythm and flow that you learn to understand. Creating music and touring can be extremely intensive, and everyone has their good days and their bad days and their trying days, but at the end of it all someone who loves you was there for the whole thing. You can be each other’s rocket fuel or melatonin, but always each other’s support. Also, back rubs.
How do you prepare for a live show, and what goes through your mind in the moments before you take the stage?
Bridgette: Shotgunning beers and getting ready to let that cold crisp beer in moments before we take the journey together on stage.
What has been your most memorable live performance?
Bridgette: At the risk of sounding like broken records, having the chance to open for The Polyphonic Spree was an unreal experience, a total gift. Also, the live album we recently recorded at Mace Mead Works in Dayton, WA was a deep, soul-stirring undertaking. Haunted Summer Come Alive can be pre-ordered here.
How has living in Los Angeles shaped your personality and your approach to life?
Bridgette: Los Angeles is probably the most complicated city we’ve ever been to. Though it can be confusing and unforgiving, it will never cease to be full of hope. Los Angeles teaches you that most people will disregard you and you will always face rejection, but the only way to truly succeed is to give yourself to your passion completely. You may find hints of “success,” but if you are not in love with your art, you’ll be washed up just like the L.A. River.
What’s the best song you’ve heard recently?
John: Biff Rose’s “Just Like A Man” or his other song “To Baby.” He was a big genius, kind of like Leonard Cohen meets Daniel Johnston.
What’s the worst job you’ve ever had?
John: Six Flags Magic Mountain.
What was your favorite childhood cartoon?
John: The Critic, The Simpsons, and old school Scooby Doo all day and night.
What are you working on next?
John: Releasing our live record, a new single, and full length. People can expect a lot of tour/festival dates coming their way in 2015.