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BC Camplight contrasts post-Brexit England and post-election America in “I’m Desperate”

BC Camplight
BC Camplight | photo by Ben Jackson | photo courtesy of the artist

Last week Philly expat BC Camplight released a video for his new single, “I’m Desperate,” directed by Manchester–based collective ShortForm. Playing out like a nightmarish horror film, the video is meant to be reflective of Brexit Britain, but also draws parallels to the state of America after the 2016 presidential election. It is freaky and uncomfortable to watch. Set in an inception dream-within-a-dream scenario, flashing lights and flickering projections play over a writhing, feverish woman’s face. Continue reading →

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BC Camplight releases paranoid new single “Deportation Blues,” the title track of his new album

B.C. Camplight | photo courtesy of the artist

Brian Christinzio, the eclectic Philly-born, Manchester-based songwriter better known as BC Camplight, has announced his second album for Bella Union. The album is titled Deportation Blues, and is promised to be “an exhilarating, dynamic document of calamity and stress”. Alongside the announcement comes the release of the album’s title track, which you can stream below. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Protomartyr at Underground Arts, BC Camplight at Ortlieb’s, Suburban Living at Bourbon and Branch, and more…

Protomartyr | photo by Zak Bratto | courtesy of the artist
Protomartyr | photo by Zak Bratto | courtesy of the artist

Post-punk band Protomartyr is at Underground Arts tonight with support from Priests and Taiwan Housing Project. The band, who is often compared to Wire and The Fall, is on tour to promote their most recent record, The Agent Intellect. More information here. Continue reading →

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BC Camplight releases video for new single “Grim Cinema”

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Photo from Facebook| https://www.facebook.com/BCCamplightMusic

Philly-via-Manchester outfit BC Camplight has released the video for “Grim Cinema”, the new single off this year’s How to Die in the North. The project’s first release in eight years, BC – aka Brian Christinzio – had spent the past three years in the north of England working on the album he had always dreamt of. The record draws heavily upon his overall feelings over life choices and regret that sometimes goes along with that, but the upbeat and poppy sounds of the album make the introspection a great listen.

“Grim Cinema” is the third single released from the new LP, and Christinzio believes it to be the best on the album. Continue reading →

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Watch BC Camplight play an acoustic version of “Just Because I Love You”

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Photo from Facebook| https://www.facebook.com/BCCamplightMusic

Pop artist and multi-instrumentalist BC Camplight recently performed a hazy version of “Just Because I Love You” for Re:VERSION on a city rooftop in Rotterdam, Holland. This acoustic rendition takes on a much more indie-rock feel, and is a very interesting departure from the loungey original, which can be heard on the new How To Die In The North, released earlier this year through Bella Union. The UK-based artist will be returning to his hometown of Philadelphia to headline Union Transfer on June 9th. Check out the XPN Concert Calendar for more information. Continue reading →

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BC Camplight signs to Bella Union Records; new album due in 2015

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Last we heard from Philly expat Brian Christinzio, he had moved to Manchester, England, and set to work recording new music under his stage monicker, BC Camplight. It seemed to be an extremely beneficial experience, and in an Evening News interview a year ago, he said “Manchester saved my life.”

This week, we got more positive news from Christinzio. As the Inquirer‘s Dan DeLuca reported on Tuesday, BC Camplight signed a record deal with Bella Union, the boutique label founded by Simon Raymonde, guitarist for dream-pop greats Cocteau Twins.

Christinzio made a splash in 2005 with his debut Hide, Run Away and its irresistible single “Blood and Peanut Butter” (watch a snowboarding video set to that song here). But following that, he fell off the stateside radar outside of Philadelphia – even though he had continued success in the UK, where his 2007 followup LP Blink of a Nihilist was released (available in the U.S. only as a pricy import until around 2010).

In an email, Camplight filled us in a bit about what happened around that time, and how it led him to start anew overseas.

“At one point I was certainly going in the right direction,” he said. “I had two critical successes under my belt and was making plans for a breakout album. Unfortunately around 2008 I really started believing what I read when people would say I was special or some sort of genius. I waited around for some record company to hand me millions of dollars. It never happened.”

Christinzio says he became spiteful about not making it big. “I became a liar, a thief, a drugged up homeless wino, and just an all around sad soul. And the worst part is I became acclimated to it and didn’t feel guilty about anything.”

In 2012, Christinzio moved to Manchester, rented a flat, connected with the musical community locally and began working on his third record, making a splash last summer with the single “Thieves in Antigua.”

BC Camplight: ‘Thieves In Antigua’ from MCR Scenewipe on Vimeo.

When recording finished last year, Christinzio shopped the record around, and it found itself in the hands of Raymonde – BC’s publishing agent used to be Raymonde’s old publisher, and the Bella Union head says he found the album instantly appealing.

“His music is a brilliant twist on pop, soul and ballads with a core of super-strong songwriting behind him and that edge, that unknown quantity that so many releases are missing,” Raymonde told me via email. “There is a kinda huge IMPORTANCE to it all. I can’t really describe it. I am more a musician than a writer.”

The record will be called How To Die In The North, and Raymonde tells me that though it’s a bit premature to announce a release date, the album will be out in early 2015 and the label campaign behind it will kick into gear later on this year.

When I asked Raymonde if he saw BC Camplight as a long-range artist, he replied “We [the label] only do the long range!! Four Beach House records, six John Grant records, four Flaming Lips records, eight Dirty Three records, etc.”

For Christinzio, it’s a relief. “This insane gamble actually worked about a million times better than I thought it would,” he says. “And now I can concentrate comfortably knowing that a lot of folks will hear what I do.”

Christinzio says a winter-summer tour is being planned for Europe and USA once the album is out, including at least two shows in Philly. Below, download a live version of “Atom Bomb” recorded on BBC Radio 6.

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Watch BC Camplight perform “Grim Cinema” from his new LP

BCPhilly ex-pat BC Camplight (Brian Christinzio) is staging a comeback with his third record Grim Cinema, an album that comes six years after his critically acclaimed Blink of a Nihilist sophomore effort.  A collection of live session videos, filmed in Christinzio’s newly adopted home of Manchester, England for Manchester Scenewipe and featuring what the musician calls “the baddest bad on the continent”, are presented in advance of Camplight’s return to performing live (which he will do in Manchester this coming weekend).  The title track to the upcoming full-length rolls quickly along with an Elton John-like piano style and a great sing-a-long, falsetto hook that Christinzio nails.  Watch the recording of “Grim Cinema” below and head over here to view “Thieves in Antigua” and “Just Because I Love You.”  Though a release date seems to be inching closer and closer for Grim Cinema, nothing official has been announced yet.

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Download B.C. Camplight’s BBC session featuring two new songs, “Thieves in Antigua” and “Atom Bomb”

Today we’ve got the latest news from one of our favorite Philly music expatriates – Brian Christinzio, aka B.C. Camplight, who had just announced his new LP Grim Cinema when we last heard from him in the fall. Currently residing in Manchester, UK, he was featured in a studio session with BBC Radio 6’s Marc Riley last week. In the interview and session, recorded last autumn, Christinzio speaks candidly about why he made the jump from Philadelphia to Manchester, contrasts the two “tough towns,” takes a digression into his brief career as a boxer, and plays two new songs – the absolutely catchy “Thieves in Antigua” and the pensive and contemplative “Atom Bomb.” Stream and download the session below, and tell me this isn’t making you even more antsy to hear Grim Cinema in its entirety.