You need to know Camp. Having two singles under their belt, the Kansas City "revival emo" band has entered a thriving Midwest music scene and quickly drawn a crowd—one actively invested in the band's brand of pop-punk. Camp's music blends an appreciation for anthemic, classic pop-punk songwriting with slight hardcore instrumentation (looking at you lead guitar) and a modern, grown-up emotional atmosphere. This blend is somewhat what you expect, which creates a sense of hospital nostalgia. But the maturation of the music is slightly unexpected, yet wholly welcomed. It's well crafted. It's fun. And it's just damn good.
Camp's track "You Can't Win If You Don't Play" tackles the perception of being stuck in a place that you know is bad. The song puts you in the shoes of a persona dealing with a downswing in life, trapped in a realm of being cognizant of their poorly made decisions and and actions and living them out in an almost out-of-body experience. One that they can't seem to just let go. The acoustic take on the song in our session replaces the loud and building guitars with a more aware acoustic strum. It also emphasizes the harmony within the song and builds to the dueling vocals—there's more emphasis on the strife and drama of the situation. Which makes it feel that much more relatable.
Camp are performing at the inaugural pop-punk festival Camp Moshawanna, happening July 20th at The Rino and Screenland Armour Theatre in North Kansas City, Missouri. The day long festival is packed with 14 bands, all for—$15. That's a little over a dollar per band, folks. Get more info at the link below and get tickets before they're gone!