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Summer Flake sounds like the bitchy high school cheerleader in an American teen movie, but in reality they are the name given to Adelaide girl Stephanie Crase and her band. After kicking around the South Australian capital for a few years and releasing a couple of EPs, Crase launched her debut album You Can Have It All earlier this month through Sydney label Rice Is Nice. Summer Flake’s sound is instantly likeable, a combination of crooning female vocals (not dissimilar to Best Coast‘s Bethany Cosentino) with slow, fuzzy guitar work from her band, and lyrics that make you feel as though you’re reading someone’s personal diary.

summer flake - you can have it all

It’s unclear whether or not the title You Can Have It All is partly a nod at her playing every instrument here, from bass and drums to acoustic and electric guitars. But by assembling an entire band for herself from herself – in contrast to the more solo-sounding two EPs before this – Crase turns her brooding, introspective tangents into both surprising musical lushness and a communion of competing emotions, no matter how rough around the edges – Mess + Noise

Summer Flake are playing a series of nationwide shows to celebrate their debut. If you’re in Sydney, you can catch them playing at the Red Rattler in November as part of the epic Sound Summit 2013 line-up. Other tour dates are as follows:

Fri 18th Oct 2013

The Grace Darling

114 Smith Street, Collingwood 3066 VIC

Sat 19th Oct 2013

The Brisbane Hotel

3 Brisbane St Hobart City 7000 TAS

Thu 24th Oct 2013

The Croatian Club

Croatian Wickham Sports Club, Albert Street, Newcastle NSW

Fri 25th Oct 2013

The Square

Downstairs, Capitol Square Hotel (Cnr George & Campbell St), Haymarket, Sydney 2000 NSW

Sun 27th Oct 2013

The Beetle Bar

350 Upper Roma St. Brisbane. 4000 QLD

Sun 10th Nov 2013

South Summit

Red Rattler

6 Faversham St, Marrickville, Sydney 2204 NSW

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September 26, 2013

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