Single: Melonvine’s ‘Summer Says’ Is A Toxic Rorschach Test

Melonvine like changing things up. Earlier this year they switched out their drummer, reworked a bunch of recordings and released their new single ‘Stuck In Place.’ The Moncton-based hard rockers say getting out their follow-up, ‘Summer Says,’ hasn’t been any easier.

“Summer Says was a tune we went back to the drawing board a few times for to try and find different simple punk rock elements that could transcend into a grungy vibe,” says Melonvine’s frontman Derek Thibeault.

Thibeault explains that once they settled on their sound, they could leave their lyrics up to interpretation.

“To some, the tune may speak loudly in insecurities someone can have when putting trust into the wrong people, and how difficult it is to detach from those situations,” says Thibeault. “There are many different ways the story can be told in the song, and that’s why I like to let people figure out meaning behind the lyrics to better fit their current mood. To others, It can just be a song with no meaning, which is rad, too.”

“On a shelf with no profit,
Wasted time, never mind, no hypocrite.”

With lyrics that sound like they were arranged for their phonetic value, there’s a sense that maybe something doesn’t add up. Not that that should ever hold you back from enjoying a song, though. Seriously, it’s 2017. Have you heard the Top 40?

We’re still left wondering who ‘Summer’ is and why is she causing so much trouble? According to Thibeault, Summer isn’t even necessarily a person, just a toxic concept that might represent one.

“I didn’t write this about anyone named Summer in particular, or anyone for that matter. ‘Summer’ had me think of positive energy and excitement, though I wanted to put a twist on it.”

“Summer in the song has a real negative approach on those around just to feel better about herself. In the end, Summer doesn’t necessarily have to be a person; it can be anything we end up being attached to that can be difficult to distance yourself from due to the negative impact we’re left with.”