“On Campista Socialista, Camp Radio has taken the best parts of the power pop genre and mastered them: the jangle-fuzz guitar, the catchy melodies and sad-bastard lyrics, the beat that makes your suede Pumas bounce.” – Sound On The Sound, Seattle WA
Live at the original House of Targ, Ottawa ON. Photo by Andrew Carver.
Campista Socialist sample reviews:
"Best of ’11: Camp Radio is so important to me…"
"Sincere, straight-forward, hook-laden tunes delivered by Ottawa inide-rock survivor Chris Page, drummer Scott Terry and bassist Dave Draves, Camp Radio’s solid, sophomore full-lengther makes anything larger than a power trio seem totally unnecessary by comparison. Page’s consistent knack for coaxing original, yet timeless sounding riffs out of his guitar is uncanny…"
Live at Sled Island the Republik, Calgary AB. Photo by Arif Ansari
"…there’s not a lame song in the pack. Why Camp Radio aren’t spoken in the same breath as Sloan when it comes to great Canadian rock bands, I don’t know."
Supergroup is defined by Wikipedia as "a rarely used term in mathematics". The online encyclopedia also points out the term can refer to "a music group formed by artists who are already notable or respected in their fields".
If we do the math, Camp Radio certainly fits the bill.
Singer/guitarist Chris Page grew up in Glengarry, Ontario fronting the rural garage rock outfit The Stand GT. The young punks mounted seven national tours while releasing scads of 7-inches, LPs and CDs throughout the 90s.
Chris later moved to Ottawa, playing solo as The Glen Nevous Retraction, before getting cozy with his own name in 2003. Kelp Records proudly released "Decide to Stay and Swim" that year and before long, Page itched for bandmates again. Old pals Dave Draves and Scott Terry answered the call.
Camp Radio was formed in early 2005.
Since 1994, Draves has operated Ottawa’s 2-inch tape haven Little Bullhorn Prods, producing masterful works by artists such as the Wooden Stars, Julie Doiron, Gentleman Reg, Kathleen Edwards and Howe Gelb.
Draves’ name is synonymous with musicmaking in the Capital, and he is a pretty impressive bassist too. Taking cues from Jason Loewenstein‘s days in Sebadoh, Draves raw tone ignites all over Camp Radio records.
Camp Radio drummer tour de force Scott Terry is the busiest Ottawan in rock, splitting his time between the Fucking Machines, Flecton & the Dreamcatchers, the Banditas, Andrew Vincent & the Pirates, and others we’re probably missing. Last we heard, he was starting up at least two others.
He is a tireless drummer, guitarist, and screecher, and brings a bundle of energy and beard hair to the Socialista!
Live at Halifax Pop Explosion: The Seahorse Tavern. Photo by Geordie Mott.
Campista Socialista is the band’s painfully long awaited follow up to 2006′s brilliant album, simply titled ‘Camp Radio’. Criminally under promoted, the few fans and critics who nabbed those initial copies, became instantly enthralled with the band’s fresh take on their melodic, power pop craft. And they’ve all pined for more.
We’re here to tell you Campista Socialista raises the bar.
Guitar driven power pop in spades (think melodic Husker Du and Dinosaur Jr) with an over abundance of rich vocal harmonies (think New Pornographers and REM), each song takes the listener in a different direction.
‘Murder On My Skin‘, ‘Turn Up The Radio‘ and ‘The Girl Who Stole My Motorbike‘ are melodic rock and roll gems, masterfully sculpted to power pop perfection. Numbers like ‘I’ve Got You Up My Sleeves‘ and ‘Cosmic Fair‘ take the listener on slow burning journeys while ‘I have Designs‘ and ‘Slack‘ make solid nods to the traditional rave up rock and roll templates.
Ultimately each track blares, blends and bleeds making this record a truly exciting album to hear.
Grab this platter! Throw it on! Have yourselves a rock and roll Socialista!
Oh and hey! All pre-orders get two immediate digital downloads.
The band has also released 100 limited 2-song 7"s to be included in the first 100 copies of the LP.
Camp Radio gets right down to business, and our ears are reaping the rewards.
Live at Ottawa Bluesfest, Ottawa ON. Photo by Andrew Carver.
"Easily some of the nicest packaging of anything I’ve gotten my hands on lately. But, of course, not even the prettiest dress can help the homely girls so it’s lucky that Camp Radio – a trio of veterans of the Ottawa indie scene – have filled the album with sharp, tight and hooky guitar pop that would still be every bit as melodic and terrific if you dressed it up in a paper bag and scotch-taped banana peels and peanut shells to it. Muchos recommended." – Chromewaves.net
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"the songs on this record are everything you should be looking for in music." – herohill.com
"it’s mystifying why this full-length debut hasn’t managed to spread the word well beyond…" – john sakamoto’s anti-hit list