STAFF PICK: Juice by Camp Howard
Based in Richmond, Virginia, the four piece rock group Camp Howard follows up their self-titled debut album with their new EP Juice. Forming two years ago, members Nic Perea (lead singer/guitar), Wes Parker (bass), Brian Larson (guitar) and Matt Benson (drums) built a local following through playing house shows and finding their sound post-high school:
“When we started out playing in high school, we were playing mainly Fleet Foxes-like acoustic songs. It wasn’t until we got to college and we started seeing bands playing these loud, shreddy songs that made us want to start playing loud rock music.” (via RVA MAG)
Successfully capitalizing on the intimacy of house shows and supporting popular local acts like Illiterate Light, White Laces and Manatree would put engineer Russell Lacy in their path. The tracks they recorded at recording studio Virginia Moonwalker ended up on their debut album, but across their discography they show their love for psych rock, punk and shoe gaze in ambitious ways. The title track "Juice" is a uptempo indie tune that's driven by chugging guitar riffs and breezy vocal harmonies, while "Country" shines a light on their love of hard rock and punk influences. With two impressive bodies of work under their belts and a growing fanbase, I'm excited to see what's in store for Camp Howard.
Juice was released May 12th via Egghunt Records and can be streamed in full below: