TRACKS: 1. Begin; 2. P.S.:I’ve Lost It; 3. You Are the Car; 4. Song for Contrails; 5. excerpt from ‘This Girl’s Theme’; 6. Sixteen; 7. The Orange Disaster; 8. Is This Plane Going Down?; 9. Anthem of Me; 10. End
Canary’s run was relatively short-lived, before the band led by Luxury’s Jamey Bozeman evolved into the interestingly named They Sang as They Slew. Canary’s music tended to be a bit more rough around the edges than TSATS, and in that regard, the band is more likeable. The music also leaned toward an ear-pleasing blend of post-punk, kind of like Mission of Burma or perhaps The Fall. A Sound of Summer Running was Canary’s only long player, and it’s a startling good gem.
The album begins with the fuzzed out “Begin,” an instrumental that’s a noisy mess of feedback and howling guitars. The record’s first proper song, “P.S.: I’ve Lost It,” takes that noisy guitar sound and adds a driving beat and vocals. The results are very good. “You are the Car” is less sonically intense, but it stills packs a punch with some excellent drum bashing. “Song for Contrails” pulls back the volume to reveal the band’s moody, emo-esque side – and it does kind of sound like Sunny Day Real Estate. The record includes two other brief instrumentals “Is this Plane Going Down” and “excerpt from ‘This Girl’s Theme’,” which help break up album’s songs into manageable chunks. “Sixteen,” “The Orange Disaster” and “Anthem of Me” are all quality rockers on the backside of the record, while the restrained “End” brings A Sound of Summer Running to a satisfying close.