Fast Camels speed­ing back to the past

Rutherglen Reformer - - The Ticket - Jonathan Ged­des

La­nark­shire band the Fast Camels are set to take a trip back in time this week­end.

The Ruther­glen group will re­visit first al­bum The Magic Op­ti­cian at a one-off show at the Grif­fin Bar in Glas­gow this Satur­day (Au­gust 1).

It’s the sec­ond show in a dou­ble­header, as the five­some will also bring their psy­che­delic pop to the Mer­chant City Fes­ti­val that af­ter­noon, too.

They’ve also gained a new celebrity fan, af­ter ac­tor Gavin Mitchell (Boaby the bar­man in Still Game) joined them for a song at a re­cent show.

And singer Drew Stur­geon has en­joyed re­vis­it­ing their first record.

He told the Ticket: “It’s some­thing we’ve been plan­ning for a wee while, as we wanted to do some­thing with the first al­bum in full.

“We’ve been play­ing more and more of it in re­cent sets, maybe about six of them, so it seemed a good idea to do the whole al­bum again.

“The likes of the Magic Op­ti­cian and Der Nazi Tea have al­ways been in our sets, so the songs are hold­ing up well.

“The Grif­fin Bar show will be quite small and in­ti­mate, so it should be a fun night.

“And we’ll have done the Mer­chant City Fes­ti­val ear­lier in the day, although that’ll be more of the nor­mal set.”

The band are en­joy­ing a great 2015, in­clud­ing a re­cent ap­pear­ance at King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut in Glas­gow as part of the venue’s Sum­mer Nights fes­ti­val that high­lights un­signed Scot­tish bands.

The group were play­ing along­side funky pop act Colonel Mus­tard and the Di­jon Five, who have a new video out fea­tur­ing Gavin Mitchell, and the Camels de­cided to wrap up their show- clos­ing set with a blast of the new Mus­tard tune.

Drew added: “We were just do­ing the re­frain from the song, like a chant, and Gavin started join­ing in.

“It was great, and the whole show was fan­tas­tic, we’re glad to be part of the Yel­low Move­ment (the name for Mus­tard’s fans) now.”

Once the Magic Op­ti­cian show is fin­ished, the band will fo­cus on a new al­bum.

Drew added ”We’re about half­way through the new al­bum, and we’re hop­ing to have a sin­gle out in Novem­ber.

“We’ll be tour­ing Europe in the au­tumn - we’ve gone down well in Hol­land the past, but Ger­many and Bel­gium will be new ex­pe­ri­ences.”

Tick­ets for the Grif­fin Bar gig are £5 and avail­able from www.fast­camels. com.

Magic num­bers The Fast Camels are re­vis­it­ing their first al­bum

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