July, 2011

Jul 11

Ben Howard @ The Scala, 26 October

That’s right. Ben Howard is back in Camden this autumn as part of his UK tour to celebrate the launch of his first full length album Every Kingdom. The ten-track album has been produced by his band’s bassist and drummer Chris Bond in their converted barn studio in Devon. The record follows the acclaimed release of his Communion EP Old Pine in the Spring and recent single, The Wolves.

Ben will be performing at The Scala on 26 October. Get your tickets now or risk an autumn of disappointment.

The Camden Store Team X

Jul 11

Camden Store on Tour – Truck 14

Sunset over Young Knives / Main Stage

When I was a kid, I read about a Truck Festival in the local paper. It was to be held in nearby Peterborough. It billed itself as the ultimate haulage experience, providing enthusiasts with the opportunity to get together and ride the truck of their dreams. Sadly, my mum didn’t see fit to take me to this intriguing place. Unable to drive myself, age 9, I had to sit that one out. 

This year, I read of another Truck Festival. In it’s fourteenth year, the previously compact event had apparently undergone a complete re-design with extra fields and an a new stage, extending it into what now promised to be a three day musical extravaganza. Now in charge of my own destiny, I wasn’t going to miss out twice. I packed up my blow-up matress, cherry bakewells and sausages, and headed on out to Steventon, Oxfordshire to see what the fuss was about. 

As well as the usual Oxfordshire representatives on the line-up there were plenty of up and coming acts from further afield for the crowds to aquaint themselves with. First up for us was Marques Toliver, the violinist/drummer/boyband vocalist,  then Communion’s rising star Marcus Foster, closely followed by Mechanical Bride. Then there was the all important tent break for rum and a mandatory cheeky cherry bakewell. 

Back to the main stage for The Duke and The King, also known by some excitable audience members as The Duke and the Guitar Penis, thanks to lead singer Simon’s enthusiastic guitar thrusting. Springsteen would be proud. Over in the Clash Tent, we caught up with Johnny Flynn for a crowd pleasing set accompanied by his sister and his longer locks. He got his trumpet out too. Wayhay! Noticing a flood of people back to the main stage, like curious ants we followed and found the mulitple award winning folk super group Bellowhead. Turns out the Truck crowd love Bellowhead, and for good reason too. 

Saturday. Bleeding Heart Narrative. Must listen to them more. Nathanial Rateliff. Good. Good. Good. The Rockingbirds. Brilliant. These guys had a bust up years ago and have recently reunited. Like Take That. But with rollicking country songs in place of rollicking pop. 

They say that Truck is the place to find your new favourite band. Turns out they’re right. Out of nowhere came Sea of Bees. With more swagger than Mick Jagger on viagra, Julie Baenziger mesmerized the crowd with her Joanna Newsom-style tracks and deep disarming eye contact. She left us all wanting to be her, or with her. We’ll never be sure which. Either way we were quickly jumping on google to find out when we could see her again. 

Critically acclaimed Cherry Ghost was up next, followed by some top edgy indie rock and roll from Young Knives. Edwyn Collins’ set towards the close of the night was a cracker, including classics such as ‘Rip it Up’ and ‘A Girl Like You’. The man’s voice remains immense, and the fact that he is still recovering from a brain hemorrhage made the set all the more emotional. Skipping out of slightly staid Saint Etienne set, we finally headed to the land of Boxford to dance the night away. 

Sunday. BBQ’d sausages for breakfast. This day was always going to be a good one. Caitlin Rose, Justin Townes Earle, Tribes and the charming Tunng combined to make departure from the festival pretty painful. Tribes deserve a particular shout out as not only are these blokes from our home turf of North London, but they have found themselves climbing to the top of our bands to catch live list following their stonking performance in the (rather hot) Last FM tent. Despite this stage being a little out of the way, their fans made sure they knew exactly where to find them and were rewarded with some very happy festival vibes from the boys.

So that was Truck 14 for The Camden Store - one of the least pretentious festivals I’ve had the pleasure of attending, where bands and revellers alike were refreshingly attitude-free. If only all festivals could be this easy going. Bring on Truck 15. 

Nathanial Rateliff / Main Stage

Sea of Bees / Clash Tent

Caitlin Rose / Main Stage

 The Camden Store Team X

Words and Pictures: Pip Latimer


Jul 11

Simon Stanley Ward – Myself To Blame


Back in May, the talented Simon Stanley Ward put in a cracking performance at The Camden Store’s A Right Royal Knees-Up. Since then he has been busy beavering away to produce his first solo record, the six track CD Myself To Blame.

We’ve had a listen and we have to say that it’s become a bit of a favourite of late. In an industry that is perpetually racing to find the next band of the moment or the newest musical genre, Stanley Ward is a welcome distraction. These days he is a country singer, pure and simple. Looking like he has stepped right out of a black and white western, he sounds like a proper lonesome cowboy crooner – a charming cross between Neil Young and Charlie Rich. Stand-out tracks for us include American Voice and Behind Closed Doors – you can listen to them here, and if you fancy it you can even nab yourself a copy over on iTunes.

The Camden Store Team X.

Jul 11

Camden Live Music Listings (18/07/2011)

Camden Live Music Listings

Monday 18 July – Sunday 24 July

Mon 18th Jul
Barfly presents Heights + Heart Of A Coward + Against The Flood + Black Polaris @ Barfly
Barfly presents Happy Dayz @ Barfly
Sam Hare and Friends @ Blues Kitchen
Butch Walker @ Borderline
Treefight For Sunlight + New Cassettes + The Spills + Vets In Hong Kong @ Bull and Gate
Dru Blu + Lady Leshurr + Luke Bingham + RTI + Enrico Delves + Camouflage Children + Shean Williams + JFX Music + Izzy @ Dingwalls
Asher Treleaven + Matthew Highton @ Good Ship
THE BOY WHO, Renegade Saints, Born At The End, In Ruins, Folding Numbers, The Singing Pictures @ Monto Water Rats

Tue 19th Jul
Barfly presents XIII and The Brave + The Wild Mercury Sound + Rova @ Barfly
Barfly presents This Is Not Revolution Rock DJs @ Barfly
Joe Glossop @ Blues Kitchen
Ivan And The Wolves + Hello Mexico + Electroshock Therapy @ Bull and Gate
Glasswerks: Noush Skaugen, Dana Jade, mesmerival and Sean Seraphim @ Enterprise
Barker Band @ Wheelbarrow
Pete Hickman + The Five Hour Band + The Riptide Movement @ Good Ship
Oz Mutantes @ Jazz Cafe
Glasswerk: King Of Spain, Beau and The Arrows, The Lost Souls Club and Redlight Robots @ Monarch
Katy B – Jamie Woon @ Roundhouse
ROBINSON, A Thousand Yells, Fjokra, Guy Valarino , Explode the TV, Electroflesh @ Monto Water Rats

Wed 20th Jul
Barfly presents Lost Boys + Fletcher + Fly This For Me + Muleta Smiles @ Barfly
Barfly presents Abi Feltham (Diesel Radio) @ Barfly
Stripped Back Soul @ Blues Kitchen
Jonathan Wilson, Dawes @ Borderline
Kurran And The Wolfnotes + Sissy & The Blisters + Doyle & The Fourfathers @ Bull and Gate
Symptomatic Presents: The Gentle Italian, BUILDINGS and SuperCasino @ Enterprise
The Damn Jammage @ Wheelbarrow
Roy Ayers featuring Pete Rock @ Jazz Cafe
The Wanted – Dionne Bromfield @ Roundhouse
Milly’s World: Sincere, Roxxxan, The Thirst, Matt Henshaw + more @ Monarch
KRISTEENYOUNG, Simon Garrard, Jess Murray, Coconi, Rokioski, Rubicks @ Monto Water Rats

Thu 21st Jul
Barfly & XFM X-Posure Live presents United Vibrations + Jazzsteppa + Sound Species @ Barfly
Barfly presents JAH BLESS @ Barfly
Roll & Tumble @ Blues Kitchen
She Keeps Bees @ Borderline
Planes @ Bull and Gate
Alfie Brown @ Enterprise
The Roads @ Wheelbarrow
Swedish House Mafia – Alex Metric @ Roundhouse
Roy Ayers featuring Pete Rock @ Jazz Cafe
R.W. Hedges and The Red Kings / Crushing Blows / Vets In Hong Kong / Kysha Charles dj set (MusioMusicTV) / Daphnie and Tallulah dj @ Lock Tavern
Pull Up The Roots: Howlin’ Circus, Soldier, Sulk and The 335 @ Monarch
Eletrelane (Pictured) @ Scala

Fri 22nd Jul
Barfly presents LEISURE + Cece (Naked Nights) + Gold Soundz @ Barfly
Marcus Bofanti @ Blues Kitchen
Reasoning @ Borderline
Episode One @ Bull and Gate
Ace Motel @ Enterprise
Texas Tea @ Wheelbarrow
Organised Babble + Shotgun Venus + Sebastian Melmoth + Less Obvious Vibe Effect + Shannon Wardrop @ Good Ship
Roy Ayers featuring Pete Rock @ Jazz Cafe
Young Rebel Set @ Koko
Coldplay – The Pierces @ Roundhouse
Miss Odd Kidd & La La Leanne djs @ Lock Tavern
North American Scum @ Monarch
COLLECTIVE JAM & THE COOL, Late Day Breakers, Horse Brothers, Black Mesa, Th’Sheridans, Tommy & The Guns @ Monto Water Rats

Sat 23rd Jul
XK8 presents We Are Corrupt + The Good Suns + The Vetoes + Cinemawave + Edit/Select @ Barfly
XK8 presents Smoke & Mirrors Down @ Barfly
Blue Heat 550 @ Blues Kitchen
Jasmine Minks, Edinburgh School For The Deaf, Electric Sugar Children @ Borderline
Liisa @ Bull and Gate
Symptomatic Presents: Texas Radio, A New Tomorrow, The Roaches and Eight Bars Later @ Enterprise
Jay Brown @ Wheelbarrow
The 1914s + Ventolin + Kasra + Ashley Fayth @ Good Ship
The Congo Allstars @ Jazz Cafe
Cleo & Vance (Amsterdam) djs / Hugh Taylor dj @ Lock Tavern
Soundtracks @ Monarch
Mogwai – Errors @ Roundhouse
THE CHARLIE RIVERS BAND, Calais, We Caught The Castle, Those Dirty Words, Tsars @ Monto Water Rats

Sun 24th Jul
Downright Promotions presents Mallory Knox + Never Means Maybe @ Barfly
Sunday Blues Jam @ Blues Kitchen
Open Mic: The Camden Sunday Sessions @ Camden Head
Gill Landry @ Wheelbarrow
CN Lester + Jon Lett + Sally Outen + Dr Carmilla & the Mechanisms + Roz Kaveney @ Good Ship
Alexis Taylor (Hot Chip) dj set / Spectrals live / Visions Of Trees live / Casper C (Field Day) dj / Chimes (Field Day) dj / Eat Your Own Ears djs @ Lock Tavern
Noah and the Whale – Fixers @ Roundhouse
Metalworks @ Monarch

The Camden Store Team X

Jul 11

Win tickets to see Mechanical Bride


We’re kicking off the week with a marvy little competition for you.

We’ve got a pair of tickets to give away to a really special gig taking place at Camden’s gorgeous West End church, St Giles in The Fields on Wednesday (20th July). Brighton based Lauren Doss performs under the name Mechanical Bride, and her debut album is called Living with Ants. We should point out that she sounds nothing like a machine, nor an ant – though what an ant sounds like is anyone’s guess. Anyway, this Wednesday Lauren will be performing the album in full to what is sure to be a captivated congregation, and you could be there too.

For those of you unfamiliar with Lauren’s music, she has recently been likened to some sort of Beach House/Marling hybrid, but we’d recommend that you give her a proper listen and make up your own mind.

Wednesday’s performance will include her recent single Colour of Fire. Check it out here.

To win a pair of tickets to catch Mechanical Bride, all you need to do is email us at pip@thecamdenstore.co.uk and we’ll pick the winner’s name out of a hat. It’s as easy as that. The competition closes tomorrow (19th July) at 4pm. Get your entries in QUICK.

The Camden Store Team X