Remember the reasons that made us be
I guess this is where the band’s desire to get back in the public spotlight with Send Away the Tigers comes in form the closest. Indian Summer is practically a rewrite of their biggest hit A Design for Life and the band themselves have acknowledged the similarities. The single (relatively, as collector fans naturally bought loads of copies) flopped ironically enough: a combination of weak promotion, the band not really playing the song much at all during their live appearances, the fact that it was the final single of the album and that it simply didn’t strike the public nerve as much as A Design for Life did.
Lyrically it’s one of Tigers’ better moments: once again reliving the past, making a toast to nostalgia and (according to Wire himself) celebrating friendship. They’re not cringeworthy like almost anything else on the album. The tune itself is nice as well – I used to like it quite a bit but further listens haven’t really done it any good. It’s got its moments of brilliance too: the second verse is even blissful as the synth strings enter the scene. Then the chorus comes and let’s down everyone, being a sudden switch from the “reaching far and high in a melodic ring” to sudden stay-on-ground downbeat mood. The chorus ends up sounding like a bridge without a real chorus to accompany it.
For the video the band decided to just stick to a friend after the clusterfuckery of Autumnsong videos and got Patrick Jones to direct the video. It’s not that bad but it’s archetypal Patrick Jones – some band shots, some grainy old footage (you can spot the little band members from The Holy Bible’s booklet!), some shots of people just standing and looking bored. Somewhat amateurish, but it’s got shots of the band eating chips and at least it’s not the Autumnsong videos.