Make big noise

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Jonathan Ged­des

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


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