Max provides a “stoically solemn” vocal in a duet with Anneli Drecker on the song Turi, a swirly and cinematic new track from Chilean artist Kuky Tala.
The next Camphor record is currently in production. Meanwhile, there's a Camphor track called "Enjoy The Struggle" that's available right now as a free download, exclusively from the fine folks at RCRD LBL.
U.S. car manufacturer Chrysler aptly chose the Camphor song "Confidences Shattered" to promote their new 60-day money back guarantee on the Town & Country van. Have a look at the clip on the Terrorbird Vimeo channel:
You can download the song for free via our media page...
september 1st, 2009
If you happen to be aboard a Delta flight this September/October, you can entertain yerself for at least 3 minutes and 28 seconds of that journey by tuning into "Confidences Shattered" on the airline's in-flight Indie Rock channel. Thanks for the "air" time, Delta, and safe travels everyone...
January 10th, 2009
Barnes & Noble is now offering the video of our Upstairs at the Square performance available to download for free via iTunes.
October 20th, 2008
For the next 4 weeks you may be able to enjoy the "Castaway" video in all its sinister-cuteness from the comfort of your couch, thanks to the FUSE ON DEMAND channel. Fuse offers this excellent FREE on-demand music video service on cable systems across America, including Cablevision, Comcast, Cox, Direct TV and many more. If your television has it, we hope you'll help us make a good impression by ordering up a free viewing...
September 15th, 2008
"The Sweetest Tooth" was recently featured in ABC Family's critically-acclaimed witty/geeky/campy TV series The Middleman, which is based on the comic created by Javier Grillo-Marxuach and Les McClaine. 'Tho the season is over, you can still catch the episode on iTunes...
September 5th, 2008
Learn a little more 'bout the origins of our band name in this nice interview in The Deli magazine...
July 28th, 2008
Oh, Canada! We're happy to say that the "Castaway" video had its broadcast premiere on Much Music's alternative video show The Wedge last weekend, in the company of clips from other fine acts such as She & Him, Vampire Weekend, Gorillaz and Joy Division. Thanks for the love, Much...
July 2nd, 2008
Howdy folks... we just found out that The Deli Magazine has nominated us for consideration as their next Artist of the Month. Now it's up to the website's visitors to select which of the 8 nominated bands will be crowned. 'Tis an honour just to be nominated, of course... but it'd be great to actually win, so if you've got a second to visit http://www.thedelimagazine.com and throw your support behind us we would greatly appreciate it. Voting is open until July 15th. Cheers!
June 25th, 2008
Just thought we'd pass along excerpts from some of the fine press the album has been getting since its U.S. release in April:
Outburn Magazine: "... more or less flawless ..." Filter Magazine: "an immaculate first album.... highlighting Max's engrossing voice and expressive lyrics" Stereo Subversion: "Camphor make a whole album that could be interpreted in many different ways, all of them good." All Music: "Lichtenstein turns out to be a surprisingly effective pop songwriter, with a particular knack for choruses that subtly insinuate themselves into the subconscious after only a couple listens" PopMatters: "Drawn to Dust is a beautifully organic album, full of songs with a complexity that practically breathes and whose life cycle you can hear." Tiny Mix Tapes: "picture-perfect atmosphere..." Detour Magazine: "This is music of worn wood and rough fabric made smooth, and it has a wonderfully lived in feel..."
Nice, right? You can have a look at these complete reviews and more in our EPK...
Oh, and stay tuned for good news about the availability of the record in Europe!
April 10th, 2008
PERFORMANCE NEWS: On Sunday, April 27th Camphor and sibling-band Timesbold will both be playing a special early set at The Annex in Manhattan. It's our record release / going away party, as Timesbold heads to Europe the very next day and will be taking Camphor members Max and Ryan along for the month-long trip. This is certainly one show not to miss...
Doors are at 6:30 and we'll be playing from 7:15 to 8:30 sharp! Tickets are $8... hope to see you there.
April 3rd, 2008
Here’s a bit of exciting news: Pitchfork just premiered our first music video in their Forkcast. The song is "Castaway" and the video is a retelling of the classic siren myth as performed by a cast of PLAYMOBIL® characters. Like all good myths, it even has a moral... that the pursuit of of wealth and power will lead to destruction, but all obstacles can be overcome in the pursuit of love! A bit sentimental, sure... but we managed to balance the sentimentality with a healthy dose of black humor. Please check it out and spread the word!!! We need as many views as we can get in this critical debut window. Cheers, friends...
April 1st, 2008
It's finally here... We're pleased to say you can now find Camphor's debut CD in all its vellum-wrapped glory on the shelves of fine independent record shops (and amongst the pages of your favorite mailorder websites) across the U.S....
Reviews are starting to trickle in too, and so far we could not be happier with the reception... here's a couple early words to dip into if you like: bibabidi.com | filter
march 29th, 2008
In honor of the impending release of our debut CD, Camphor was SUPPOSED to play and socialize at Sound Fix Records in Brooklyn this Sunday, BUT unfortunately we just got word that the cafe/venue-portion of their store was shut down by the city last night, so all shows there are cancelled ’til further notice...
We’re exploring options for another release-related-event in the near future, and we’ll be sure to keep you posted as plans develop. Sorry for the trouble!
Oh, and please stay tuned for some more exciting news next week...
march 20th, 2008
This coming Saturday (the 22nd of March) we're performing at Southpaw in Park Slope, Brooklyn. Also on the bill are the excellent acts Lucinda Black Bear, Salt and Samovar, and our friends Charles Atlas. Doors are at 8 pm, and we'll be on around 9:15. Tickets will be $8 at the door. Should be a great show, so come and join us if you're in the neighborhood...
FEBRUARY 8th, 2008
Just got word that we're SPIN.com's Artist of the Day. 'Tis a nice little write-up: spin.com
(and yes, the trapeze thing is true...)
FEBRUARY 4th, 2008
Today we've been featured on National Public Radio's "Second Stage" podcast... head over to npr.org and have a look!
FEBRUARY 1st 2008
On Wednesday, February 13th we'll be at the Barnes and Nobel in Union Square NYC as part of their "Upstairs at the Square" interview/performance series. Should be a very interesting evening...
Regan posted some really great photos from our set at The Blender Theater...
Camphor just received a last-minute invitation to open for The Bird and The Beethis Sunday, November 18th, at The Blender Theater at Gramercy in NYC. We're really thrilled to be playing with such a great act at such a great venue. The show starts with us at 8:00 PM SHARP... Tickets are $18 at the door, and can be ordered in advance right here.
Happy to say we survived our intense CMJ extravaganza, and even earned a few gold star stickers in the process ('tho you might have to do some scrolling to see 'em). Sincerest thanks to all of you who skipped work and/or stayed out late to be there with us...
Our label Friendly Fire recently posted 2 tracks from our forthcoming album "Drawn to Dust" as free MP3 downloads... so instead of waiting 'til April 1st, you can add "The Sweetest Tooth" and "Confidences Shattered" to your digital music collection right now... and feel free to share with your friends.
SO! We're back from a very enjoyable trip to Montreal and geared up for a full day of CMJ activities in NYC on Thursday, October 18th...
First up, we'll be performing at two parties during the afternoon, both of which feature free admission, food and drink... so skip work and come say hello at the Terrorbird Media party at Piano's (1pm) and the Redeye Distribution party at Mo Pitkins (4pm).
Best of all, our official festival showcase is at the excellent venue Joe's Pub, on a double bill which includes our labelmates Elk City. The show starts at 11:30 PM, and for you non-CMJ-badge-holders tickets are available now for $10. Please join us if you can... this one is important, and it's the perfect place to hear us play.
The show is about to hit the road! October will see Camphor make a handful of special live appearances, including showcase spots at the venerable CMJ and Pop Montreal music festivals. Full details/dates/times are available on our MySpace and Imeem pages...
Big news: We're real pleased to announce that Friendly Fire Records will be releasing the debut Camphor LP "Drawn to Dust" in the US and Canada in February April of 2008... yes, we know it's still a while to wait, but we promise it will be worth it.
Glitterhouse Records has just released The Empire Strikes Back, a 2-disc compilation showcasing the venerable German label's excellent roster of artists. Included in the collection is the Camphor track "The Sweetest Tooth"... which represents the first official appearance of a track from DRAWN TO DUST out in the wild. You can grab a copy of the release (for next to nothing, we might add) at the Glitterhouse website.