Camp Crush - Run (Self-Released)
Add Date: 04/09/2019
Focus Tracks: 1 & 3
Formats: NACC Top 200, Modern Rock Specialty, & Triple A
Artist Info: When the synths start to swell and vocals begin to soar on Run, the new EP by Portland’s Camp Crush, listeners will feel the goose bumps rise and their hearts start to beat. This is the second EP in 8 months for the duo—Jen Deale on synth and lead vocals, Chris Spicer on drums—and another collection of powerful pop songs, harkening back to their new wave inspirations.
Deale says, “As the youngest of 5 kids (all brothers), I spent a lot of time riding in cars with my older brothers. They’d be playing the Cure, Depeche Mode, with a sprinkling of hair metal here and there. This era of songwriting and production seeped in my early subconscious. It’s humbling when people listen to our music and tell me it reminds them of some of those early influences because it’s such a huge compliment to me.”
Seeing Camp Crush live is like watching two people fall in love in front of you. Sparks fly as the duo give everything to the performance. Spicer says, “With this music we’re writing, we can be ourselves, and that is the most satisfying thing in the world - to be ourselves on stage. It helps that we’re in love, of course. There’s a deeper connection that comes through in our live show. I think our connection on stage gives people permission to hope for themselves, and to engage and experience something real.”
Run is a commentary on human connection, which has been heavy on Deale’s mind since the election. “After the election, our relationships changed. We lost friends; best friends, even. Relationships within our family were strained,” says Deale. “Everywhere you looked, people were running from each other because connection wasn’t safe anymore. These songs are a reflection of my desire to still connect despite differences, to bring love into the most difficult of conversations.”