Band are buzzing about Tales of the Un­ex­pected

Fast Camels launch their lat­est al­bum on Satur­day

Rutherglen Reformer - - News From The Pews - Jonathan Ged­des

Ruther­glen band the Fast Camels can’t wait to re­lease their new al­bum this week­end - and they be­lieve it’s their catchi­est col­lec­tion of songs yet.

The band will be launch­ing Tales of the Ex­pected at the O2 ABC2 this Satur­day.

It’s the quin­tet’s third al­bum, fol­low­ing The Magic Op­ti­cian and Dead Rooms and But­ter­fly Dreams, and fea­tures more sharp pop songs than the pre­vi­ous records, which were fo­cused on psy­che­delic mu­sic.

Singer Drew Stur­geon, from Fern­hill, said: “We’re ab­so­lutely buzzing about it.

“We think this is the best al­bum we’ve done, and the cur­rent Camels line- up has been to­gether all the way through it, which is a one off for us.

“You can hear the con­ti­nu­ity in those songs.

“We’re al­ready had peo­ple say­ing that as soon as you put it on you can hear the catch­i­ness and the cho­ruses.

“That’s not to say we won’t be go­ing back into our roots of the big epic psy­che­delic ones, but there’s a nice mix­ture of styles this time – there’s three or four songs that could be pop sin­gles, which is a big change for us.”

Drew ad­mits that he and cowriter Mark O’Con­nor, from King’s Park, found it hard at times to keep the band’s songs so tight.

He added: “Mark and I can get car­ried away with chord pro­gres­sions, and be­fore you know it you’ve got all these five minute songs.

“This time around we were re­ally strict and were cut­ting them down to three min­utes.

“I think it helps when you’ve got some im­me­di­ate songs that you can hit the au­di­ence with right away.”

Drew is hop­ing that im­me­di­acy will come across at the ABC2 on Satur­day.

“We’ve not played the ABC2 since we sup­ported Dodgy a few years ago.

“We re­ally pre­fer the sound in there to some other places and we’re hop­ing to fill it.

“We’re go­ing for a 60s feel to the whole night and we’ve got two acous­tic acts be­fore­hand, which will be quite nice.

“Then we’ll be do­ing the al­bum and some of the old songs.”

The band are hop­ing to go fur­ther abroad in the fu­ture, too.

“We’ve al­ready got a gig in Lon­don in Septem­ber, then we’ll be do­ing some shows in Bel­gium around the New Year.

“We’re also con­tem­plat­ing trav­el­ling to Amer­ica. Af­ter our ex­pe­ri­ence play­ing with Johnny Echols of Love re­cently we’ve got some con­tacts over there now and maybe we can get some shows ar­ranged.”

The Fast Camels are Drew Stur­geon on vo­cals and gui­tar, Mark O’Con­nor on vo­cals and lead gui­tar, Andy Ren­nie on bass, Joe Smith on drums and Craig Jenkins on per­cus­sion.

Tick­ets for the O2 ABC gig are £7.

More in­for­ma­tion on the Fast Camels can be found at www. the­fast­camels.com

Telling tales Ruther­glen band Fast Camels will be launch­ing Tales of the Ex­pected at the O2 ABC2 this Satur­day

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