Based in Austin, TX, Summer Salt blends vibrant yet breezy vocal harmony and colorful elements of 1960s pop, Bossa Nova and jazz. The group was originally formed around the talents of Matthew Terry and Eugene Chung during their senior year of high school. Before moving to Austin, Matt and Eugene enjoyed playing intimate shows at small coffee shops, friends living rooms, and local venues around the Dallas and Denton area where they began to work on and craft the musical nature of what is now Summer Salt.
In 2012 the band moved away from their hometown to pursue music in Austin TX, where they began writing their first EP Driving to Hawaii. Driving to Hawaii was released in 2014, containing the essence of a never-ending vacation and is rich in guitar pop and silky harmonies that are reminiscent of the Beach Boys.
The EP features fan favorites such as Sweet to Me, Rockaway, and of course, their title track, Driving to Hawaii, which has iconically represented the basis of all Summer Salt lyrics: trying to slow down and enjoy the ride of chasing what appears to be an unattainable pipe dream. Their next release, Going Native was inspired by a trip abroad where Terry began diving into artists such as Joao Gilberto, Antonio Carlos Jobim, and Gilberto Gil which lead to a new writing direction using Latin elements.
Succeeding the energetic and live sounds of Going Native, 2017's So Polite, was the perfect appetizer for the bands' debut full-length album, the wildly colorful, and 2018's Happy Camper features a more polished production quality from Sub-Pop stalwart Phil Ek.
The infectiously melodic ensemble has cultivated a loyal following with their endless summer, ocean dream music that can be heard in influences such as the Lovin' Spoonful, Donovan, Frankie Valli, the lovely Lady Day or other musical genres of 1960's Rocksteady or African Highlife.
Moving forward, with the anticipation of their forthcoming release Honeyweed, Summer Salt maintains phonetic components of Brazilian tropicalia and 60’s folk-pop while drawing inspiration from seasoned topics of loss and renewal.