Make big noise
Rutherglen band the Fast Camels will launch their new single tomorrow night (March 31) at the Rum Shack in Glasgow.
Keep The Noise Down For Matilda will be the first release ahead of the group’s third album, which is due out around August.
And bassist Mark O’ Connor, from King’s Park, is eager to get the new tune released.
He said: “We’re all buzzing about it, and looking forward to getting out and playing again.
“There was nothing I loved more than going out as a kid and buying CDs, and having something physical in my hands.
“For this one we’re hoping to have it out on CD and on vinyl as well, because obviously vinyl is making a comeback.”
The band have previously released two albums, The Magic Optician in 2007 and Dead Rooms and Butterfly Dreams, showcasing their psychedelic pop-rock.
Mark reckons the next album will be the Camels most accessible record to date.
He added: “It’s still in the same vein as the other albums, but we do have some shorter songs on there, and there’s more melodies and hooks too, which is part of the reason we have a lot more catchy songs there.
“It’s still the same Fast Camels style, just a lot more condensed.”
The band have also landed the chance to play with one of their heroes, after Johnny Echols, of psychedelic legends Love, offered them the chance to play alongside him at a Southampton show.
Mark added: “We’re blown away by that. I contacted Johnny Echols on Facebook ages ago, and sent him an album and asked if he’d listen to it.
“He gave us a fantastic quote about it, and when it transpired they were coming over here he put in a word with the promoters – we were booked originally for Aberdeen but that got cancelled and now we’re doing Southampton.
“That’s stunning to play with him, though – Love are my favourite band of all time so it’ll be a special moment.”
That’s not the only brush with rock royalty for the group, after Mark bumped into Who singer Roger Daltrey while on holiday in New York.
“I was walking through Central Park and did a double take. I wish I’d had a CD on me for that – he was really nice and stopped for a chat.”
Tickets for the Rum Shack gig tomorrow can be bought on the night and will cost £6.
The group will be playing afternoon set at the Clutha Bar on Saturday, April 16.
More information at www. facebook. com/thefastcamels
Making noise Fast Camels at a previous gig