Summery serves as the follow-up to Edmonton punk band Slates' buzzworthy 2013 release Taiga. Determined to capture the raw intensity and authenticity of their previous release, the band chose to once again record to analog tape with noted engineer Steve Albini (Nirvana, The Stooges). Heading back into the studio with Albini, this time at Edmonton's Homestead Records, allowed both parties to settle very comfortably into their roles, with both knowing what to expect from the other. This familiarity allowed more room for spontaneity and experimentation to guide the sessions. The 11 new cuts on Summery see the band's sound deepening, colored by birth and death in the extended Slates family. "Our latest record was recorded in the aftermath of some pretty sudden and bleak shit," explains lyricist/vocalist James Stewart. "It was time to find a light in the storm, and to head towards it. ‘I'm ready for summer' is the lyric that defines this record. I want to sing about life lived, and the love of those close to me, especially when facing loss and grief."