On Valentine’s Day Joe and I decided to take a trip to retreat to Philly part two, the Jersey Shore. After spending a day of staring at the glittering ocean and kicking Joe’s butt in arcade style air hockey and skee ball, we began to get ready for a nice evening dinner in Cape May. After finishing a rather delicious meal at the Jackson Mountain Café, we were both feeling euphoric and serene (something that often doesn’t happen in the school year). As we walked to the car the faint strumming of two acoustic guitars took our attention away from the cold breeze. We smiled at one another and followed the music to a wooden bench where two boys in the freezing cold sat with instruments in hand and guitar case open.
We stood there and watch them play off one another, one melodic riff following another. The music seemed to encase the air and began to draw a small crowd. The sound was very Jack’s Mannequin, small and swelling all at the same time. During their break I asked them how old they were. They smiled as they explained that they were 17 and 16 years old.
Their names are Rob Causey and Jerami Roth, and these acoustic playing crooners represent the acoustic folk band Letters to Summer of Cape May, NJ. They are a relatively new band, only formally getting together in January of 2009. In that short amount of time, they’ve already released an EP, which came out January 29th. Their first track “With Love” has beautiful arrangements and sweet lyrics. The sound even is even a little electronica in this track where vocals are played with. Both boys make vocal appearances, adding a very blended touch to the sound. The track “South of the Sky,” also the title of their debut EP, shows off both of the boys talents with great vocals and even better lyrics. Their coffee shop sound is apparent in all of their released songs, but for a beginning band the sound it quite developed.
Now I know that it’s not a local Philly group, but lets face it, you probably spend half of your summer tanning on the Jersey shoreline. Despite their age, the sound is really mature and very relaxing. I highly recommend all fans of the Plain White T’s, and Dashboard Confessional give these two talented guys a listen. So next time you head down the shore for some summer fun, as an alternative to the Board Walk, why not try and catch Letters to Summer at a local beach show.