Stoke Band Confirm 'Science Fiction' Will Be out In August
Lee Barber || July 27th
An introduction echoing the electronic vibes of Chvrches lends a fresh edge, whilst the steady, well structured drum beat gives us the firm assurance that this is band we all know and love. This assurance is confirmed with the welcoming husky drone from Nixon, alongside a warm and effective bass line. This is Camp Stag. This is their brand new Extended Player, Science Fiction.
Opening track Everyday Disaster drama that you hope to hear from a Camp Stag tune, a building crescendo leading into a powerful chorus, whilst Nixon uses intelligently written lyrics such as 'the streets never sings to me' to portray in short sentences the personal and social issues. The song carries a definite feeling of a down-trodden loss of hope, that feeling that working class society has, it seems, always had to live with. This is our lot and that's that. How Camp Stag can portray this in such enjoyable music is perhaps beyond literary explanation, but this shows only their maturity and sophistication as musicians and song writers.
The haunting experimentation of frequencies, sound effects and technological voice overs have always been a fascination of mine, and after recently thrashing the back-catalogue of my Brighton heroes British Sea Power after seeing them - and many other acts, such as Public Service Broadcasting, who love to experiment with sounds - at Bluedot Festival, the thrill of listening to 3_7_4_1_1_ was almost too much for me. How can so many thoughts be provoked with just 1:33 worth of sounds? Camp Stag, if you're reading this, please be aware that you have fulfilled a Stoke-on-Trent music lovers dream in under two minutes...
As we edge into the second half of Science Fiction, we are given that instant hit, Victoria. Oh, that sweet, sweet guitar riff. One promise we can make here is that you will want to listen to this tune again just here that. And then you will want to see it performed live, as I can assure you, actually watching Rich Dooley and Dan Nixon take the riff together at different octaves is enough to make you expect they're opening for The Strokes. Read the full review of Victoria here.
After such intoxicatingly melancholic songs carrying themes of alienation and political anxiety, Camp Stag end the EP on a high with Galavant, a 'wistfully optimistic tale of misadventure' to quote the band directly. In all honesty, perhaps this song could not be summarised in any better a way; it's a wonderfully happy sounding track full of bounce, and yet still fits in perfectly with the collection. There is an astute sense of hope lying within Galavant which, after the opening tracks of dauntingly brutal and honest lyricism, leaves you with that sensation that perhaps everything will be ok after all.
Recorded by the band themselves and mastered at UTC Studios, will be available on digital platform only from Friday 19th August, and will be released by Northern Dream, Camp Stag's very own outlet.