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Campfire Social

Based: Llangollen/Chester
Genre: Alt/Indie
Website: Facebook

Campfire Social are a five-piece from Llangollen/Chester who left me puzzled and confused as to why I am writing this as an introducing feature rather than describing a band who have sold millions and headlined countless festivals. Well, that is how I feel writing this, introducing a band of this quality just does not seem right, Campfire Social are a band who you should already know about - I guarantee you are in for a real treat.

Campfire Social have been played numerous times by Adam Walton on BBC Radio Wales over recent months, BBC Introducing Merseyside are also on-board as is Dave Owens of Wales Online who has included the band on his weekly playlist of the best that Wales has to offer. They have played a number of gigs around the Chester and Wrexham area and also played a small venue in Liverpool which you may have heard of...The Cavern Club. They have a number of forthcoming gigs including Focus Wales and Chester Live so if you are in the North-West area be sure to check them out.

On their Bandcamp page you can find a four-track EP which can best be described as a perfect summers day when you have nothing to do but enjoy the beauty that surrounds you. ‘Ocean Sunshine’ has golden harmonies that are a clear trademark of the band and ensure you let them into your life with the warm welcome they deserve.

‘Nothing, Nowhere, Never, Now’ opens with vocals that instantly recall The Beatles, which for me is no bad thing, and thought-provoking lyrics “Now all my favourite people are the people I know nothing about, and I’m sorry to let you down”. ‘C. M. Playwrite’ is gorgeously heartbreaking and uplifting all at the same time, you really can’t live your life without hearing this song. ‘Loving The Wreckage’ is perfectly put together allowing you to ride along with the band as the song builds into a chorus that will have you singing and swaying without a care in the world.

If you take one thing from this introducing feature it surely has to be the fact that Campfire Social are a band who are just waiting to be discovered and embraced by all. Yes, you may argue that the word 'fact' should be changed to 'opinion', however if I am wrong on this then you will all have missed out on something very special indeed.

Steve Tay

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