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Interview: Ben Heywood of LA-Based Band Summer Darling

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LA-based band Summer Darling has extended an irresistible invitation for you to get to know their music. Throughout the month of July, tickets to their Monday residence at Spaceland are free. And to top it all off, the full digital version of their latest album, also called Summer Darling, is available free of charge via their website.The band is comprised of Ben Heywood on vocals/guitar, Heather Heywood on vocals/bass, Dan Rossiter on guitar and Todd Spitzer on drums. And these 10 new tracks feature Summer Darling at their best—from dueling guitars to songs that range from a whisper to a growl.

This band has done their hometown proud, and LAist recently caught up with Ben Heywood to chat about the new album, the Origami music label, and their recent music-based contribution to the 826LA Chickens in Love project.

LAist: In the 80s, there was a racehorse called Summer Darling. Is that where you got the band name?

Ben Heywood: I had no idea! Did it win anything notable? Hopefully that horse was a winner. The name came about because we wanted to name the band something that was different from the music. I usually write from a darker perspective, so I wanted to call the band something that was in juxtaposition to the emotional content.