A Camp To Release Covers EP On Nettwerk In North America

posted May 28, 2009

A Camp To Release Covers EP On Nettwerk In North America

As A Camp kicked off their first North American tour yesterday at the Bowery Ballroom in New York City in support of their North American debut album, "Colonia," the band has announced the release of their "Covers" EP on Nettwerk exclusively in North America through iTunes on June 9th. "The Covers" EP features three cover tracks from a few of their favorite artists: Pink Floyd, David Bowie and Grace Jones; the EP is available on all digital service providers on June 16th.

A Camp explains in their own words why they chose to cover these three songs/artists:

"US + THEM": By Pink Floyd of course, is one of the most beautiful songs imaginable. The only reason we thought we could approach this one at all is it just seemed to sit perfectly within our musical vocabulary and we thought Nina's voice could perhaps add another dimension to this already brilliant piece of music. There's a reason why Dark Side of the Moon is one of the most popular albums of all time. It's an absolutely timeless work. This track could go on forever; it's like a wonderful dream.

"BOYS KEEP SWINGING": Who doesn't love Bowie? He's given us so much... and again we thought it would be rocking to hear this particular track come out of a girl's mouth. We think it lends the song a different angle. Plus at this point it's the loudest thing in our live set and is a massive energy release. It's a totally catchy song as well and it's like Bowie just said to hell with it and recorded things in the most train-wrecked non-commercial way he could come up with, almost guaranteeing its commercial failure back in '79. Fantastic... off of his Lodger record, which is packed with excellent songs.

"DONE IT AGAIN": Grace Jones did this originally on her Nightclubbing album (pull up to my bumper baby!), and it's a hot track. We were drawn initially to the bizarre very smart lyrics from the outset and also that the Swedish soprano Jenny Lind is name-checked, that HAS to be the only instance of that in pop music. The time-travel/"ZELIG" tone to the words made a lot of sense as well as that's kind of our vibe with Colonia. And we dug the sweet cocaine, studio-in-Barbados groove. The song manages to simultaneously seem nearly asleep and yet totally insane (in the best way), full of this world-weary sadness, plus a rage deep in there somewhere... not unlike Grace herself! As it happens we were on tour recently in Europe about a day behind her, so would see fresh traces of her along our journey, it was spooky and fun. We don't believe she really exists. This track has become a fan fave in our live show. It's got that Bosso flav; and Nina gets to bust out her magic claves!

A Camp-featuring of Nina Persson (The Cardigans), Nathan Larson (Shudder to Think) and Niclas Frisk (Atomic Swing) - released their debut album Colonia last month to critical acclaim. Rolling Stone said, "[Persson] luxuriates in brooding isolation, orchestral drift and heartsick melodies that recall Sixties girl groups and the Carpenters, " while Spin called the album "Beguiling, gorgeous stuff - and smartly funny too."

Their first North American tour began yesterday at the Bowery Ballroom in New York City and takes them across the country through twelve major cities, ending in Los Angeles on June 15th at The Troubadour.

Covers EP track list:

  1. Us and Them (Pink Floyd cover)
  2. Boys Keep Swinging (David Bowie cover)
  3. I've Done it Again (Grace Jones cover)

US Tour Dates

May

  • 27th - Middle East - Boston, MA
  • 28th - 9:30 Club - Washington, DC
  • 30th - Johnny Brenda's - Philadelphia, PA
  • 31st - Les Saints - Montreal, QC

June

  • 1st - The Mod Club Theatre - Toronto, ON
  • 3rd - Double Door - Chicago, IL
  • 4th - Fine Line Music Cafe - Minneapolis, MN
  • 5th - Record Bar - Kansas City, MO
  • 6th - Bluebird Theater - Denver, CO
  • 10th - Richard's On Richards Cabaret - Vancouver, BC
  • 11th - The Crocodile - Seattle, WA
  • 12th - Doug Fir - Portland, OR
  • 14th - The Independent - San Francisco, CA
  • 15th - Troubadour - Los Angeles, CA

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