Fast Camels speeding back to the past
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