Summer Shade Label was founded in Los Angeles and Boston in the year 2020 as a new bi-coastal, boutique label with an emphasis on riffs and hits. The new presence is a part of Run For Cover’s growing family and will allow established acts a new home while pushing young undiscovered artists to a wider audience, fueled by a for-artists by-artists ethos with all songwriters owning their own music. New music is the core of Summer Shade, with a curated flow of new music coming to you through various forms of streaming and visual media.

Welcome to Summer Shade, we’re certain you’ll enjoy what’s to come.


Tony Molina Into The Fade LP
out 8/12 on Summer Shade

The label’s first release comes from Tony Molina, one of modern guitar pop’s best and most unique songwriters. The Bay Area musician is serious about the craft that goes into songwriter, and not much else. Following Kill The Lights, his more pared-back 2018 full-length, Molina found that some listener reactions threw him off. “I kept hearing: ’Oh, he’s maturing, he’s getting into other shit, writing more mature stuff,” he explains. “I thought, ’Man, that’s kinda lame, no I’m not...’” In The Fade finds Molina still incorporating the delicate ’60s folk rock elements from his recent work, while also returning to some of the distortion and volume of his early days. The result is an album that offers something from every phase of his catalog, almost like a Tony Molina greatest hits, except with all new songs. Very few artists can credibly evoke everything from The Beatles, to The Fastbacks, to Weezer, to Belle and Sebastian, and even fewer can do that while still sounding completely like themselves--but that’s why there’s only one Tony Molina.