CAMP TRASH – ” Weird Carolina “

Posted: March 1, 2021 in ALBUMS, MUSIC
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Camp Trash have been a big deal on Twitter for a while now despite not actually releasing any music. The burgeoning hype is probably related to Keegan Bradford who is an editor at The Alternative and a highly active Twitter presence, with Stereogum contributors Ian Cohen and Arielle Gordon being in the band. Whenever someone with any amount of clout in a certain scene starts a new musical project, you always run the risk of that project coasting by on social goodwill. Fortunately, now that Camp Trash have shared the lead single from their debut EP, it appears they’re legitimately very good.

The band, whose members are spread out around the country, claims influence from the likes of the Get Up Kids, Oso Oso, and Something Corporate, and you can certainly hear all that in “Weird Carolina,” our first preview of the imminent “Downtiming” EP. There is some Built To Spill resemblance in the vocal melody, which Bradford confirms. And, as you’ll hear, there’s a well-executed lyrical reference to James Taylor.

The band explains that several of the songs on Downtiming were written before Camp Trash officially formed, resulting from Bradford and Bryan Gorman “exchanging voice memos and song ideas while living in different cities.” Bradford adds that “Weird Carolina” is about “moving away from places you love, and the people you love moving away from you, and how those places are usually Georgia or North Carolina.”

When I listened to “Weird Carolina,” I can hear the people who grew up at the same time and listened to the same bands digesting that music and creating something with a bit more distance and polish. I know even a normal January seems interminable, but the last few weeks — cold weather, short days, near-total shutdown, have been some of the toughest of the pandemic. I can’t walk to a friend’s house, but I can walk down memory lane for a few minutes at a time,

Camp Trash debut single from upcoming EP, “Downtiming”.  Count Your Lucky Stars Records.

Released January 22nd, 2021

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