Tuesday 28 May 2013

Camp Stag - Walking With Broken Bones

Single review by kev@thesoundofconfusion.co.uk

The brand of alternative guitar music made by Stoke-on-Trent quartet Camp Stag is a reasonably traditional one. I wouldn't bat an eyelid if you'd told me this was a song from 1995, although I'd be surprised that I hadn't heard it before. Had 'Walking With Broken Bones' been released around that period it would probably have done reasonably well, almost certainly charted and picked up substantial radio play. This is purely and simply because it's a good tune and at that point in time some good guitar tunes were getting that kind of success.

Few do now, and that's a shame for Camp Stag, because as it is tracks like 'Walking With Broken Bones' will be the reserve of internet sites like this and maybe the odd spin on one of the alternative music stations. All the ingredients are here: a decent, snappy riff, a good melody, depth in sound provided by some neat percussion and the addition of some organ, plus a memorable chorus. The controllers at the likes of Radio 1 won't give it a second look unless things change drastically and soon. Still, it's their loss, Camp Stag will find a fanbase and we'll be behind them as long as they continue to come up with the goods.

Camp Stag's website

Buy the single

Catch them live:
Wed 29.05 LONDON Buffalo Bar
Thu 30.05 MANCHESTER Castle Hotel
Fri 26.07 Kendal Calling Festival, The Woodlands Stage

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