It probably takes a hell of a lot of security as a married couple to call your album Bad Love, and open it with the lines “My love wasn’t good enough for you, my love was never enough”. But there’s also something delicious – and appealingly voyeuristic – about hearing it from Summer Camp, consisting of actual married couple Jeremy Warmsley and Elizabeth Sankey.
It’s an interesting two-hander at times, with the opening title track followed by You’re Gone very much feeling like the continuation of a narrative. It’s all wrapped in deceptively cheery twinkles and fuzzy grunge-pop guitar, disguising resigned missives in Beautiful (“I don’t even care what my friends think, they’re so clueless anyway”) and exploring the not-so-fun side of romance.
We’ve all been there, though, and that’s what makes a lot of Bad Love relatable. Sonically it doesn’t take gigantic leaps and, like Best Coast‘s similarly fuzz-drowned lovelorn antics, finds difficult to maintain interest across its one register. There are certainly gems here – If You Hate Me particularly resonates – but like all bad love, you only really need to experience this record once to get what it’s all about.
Bad Love by Summer Camp can be ordered here.