Summer Cannibals / Courtesy photo
Portland rock band Summer Cannibals toured the bejesus out of their last record (and Kill Rock Stars debut) Full Of It. The album is a supremely energetic punk rock record that continued in the same vein as some Pacific Northwest greats like Bratmobile, Sleater-Kinney, and The Thermals. Summer Cannibals’ songs are fist-pumping dance and sing-a-longs, full of melody and with tunes that simmer but never overstay their welcome.
The band is currently touring on a stacked bill with emo legends Cursive, and the new-ish band Campdogzz. They’re all at George’s Majestic Lounge on Tuesday, Feb. 12. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the show starts at 8 p.m.
I talked to Jessica (singer/guitarist) of Summer Cannibals on a break from tour and here it goes…
Who: Cursive / Summer Cannibals / Campdogzz
When: 9 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 12
Where: George’s Majestic Lounge, 519 W. Dickson St.
Cost: $18 + fees at Stubs.net
More: See the Facebook event
What have you been up to since Full Of It?
A lot! We toured quite a bit following that record, went to Europe for the first time and all of that. After things chilled out we went through some lineup changes, I made a pop record and Devon went fishing a lot. I built a recording studio and that opened in January of last year and has been amazing. Cassi (guitar) and Ethan (bass) joined the band and we’ve been having a blast. We recorded a new record together in my studio which Cassi and I engineered together and that’ll be coming out in May. For now we’re just touring a ton and enjoying it very much.
Kill Rock Stars was the first label I got into as a teenager. How does it feel to be on such a groundbreaking label?
Amazing! We’re so grateful for the work they put into Full Of It and honored to be a part of such an amazing past roster.
And who is your favorite KRS band?
Do you have any pre-show rituals that you want to share?
Not a lot of rituals but we do stretch A LOT.
What was the last live show that blew you away?
Well…hopefully this isn’t considered a cop out but every night watching Cursive and Campdogzz on this tour has been incredible. I’ve been in awe since night one.
What do you do in the van between shows?
I work a lot on band stuff – working on design stuff for the new album, flyers, merch, etc. Do accounting and merch stuff. I’m very boring. I play a lot of sudoku too. Cassi loves to work on tracks. We listen to music and podcasts and watch movies sometimes, too.
What’s the first thing you do when you get to a new city?
Get coffee and eat.
How has the tour with Cursive been so far? Any highlights?
It’s honestly been incredible. We feel so fortunate to be out with these bands not just because they’re amazing musicians and writers, but also because they’re tremendous people. We love to hang and are definitely coming out of this with new lifelong friends. Every night is awesome.
Have you been to Arkansas before? Anything you’re looking forward to doing in Fayetteville?
I have! I’m from Louisiana, so not too far. Looking forward to eating some good food in Fayetteville.