Genre: Indie Pop, New Wave, Rock, Alternative
Sounds like: Rubblebucket, Tennis, Blondie, Duran Duran
Camp Crush is New Wave rock coming out of Portland, OR. With similarities to their musical influences like The Cure, Blondie and Depeche Mode, this musical duo with their wall of sound pop is a blend of vintage danceable new-wave and modern indie rock, reminiscent of Rubblebucket and Tennis.
“The music we’re finding really inspiring these days are from our musical roots. Influences like Echo and the Bunnymen, the Cure and Blondie are coming through loud and strong in our set,” Jen Deale, lead singer and songwriter, says “and we want to follow that inspiration.”
In 2017, Camp Crush released 3 singles. Take Me Back, one of the released singles, was a reaction to the current state of politics, Deale says. “After the election, I realized how thick my bubble was and it felt like the bubble popped overnight. This song was an emotive response to that and it was a also a call to action to myself, to remember that every single one of us can make a difference right where we are.”
The year, Camp Crush is ramping to release a new EP, titled “She’s Got It,” featuring an all-star team. With producers Bryan Free (Sad Eyes, November Skin) and Raymond Richards (The Last Hour, Hometown Glory (extended version) and mixing engineers Rian Lewis (Sad Eyes, November Skin) and Matt Greco (The Last Hour), you can hear Camp Crush finding their footing inside their New Wave sound. “Using the acoustic drum set to blend rock rhythms and drum machine style beats is something that comes through in these songs. There are a lot of percussion layers in some of these tunes, and I think it lends itself well to the intended vibe of the EP,” says Chris Spicer, drummer and vocalist for Camp Crush.
“The Last Hour,” track #2 on the EP, is featured in indie film “Fear the Silence,” which is currently on the indie film festival circuit. “Usually when I write, I write to process my emotions about life. Writing a song based on the feel and vibe of a film script was a unique challenge, but it inspired me to express someone else’s emotions, instead of my own. I love how the song came out with a blend of my voice as a writer and the script’s author’s voice as well,” Deale says.
Camp Crush is currently touring the Pacific Northwest and will be releasing their EP on May 18th at Alberta Street Pub in Portland, Oregon.