Biography

The Fast Camels hit the scene in 2007 with their debut ‘The Magic Optician’ (Neon Tetra) an album that opened a door into the expanded reality of The Fast Camels’ world. Centred in Glasgow, Scotland it filtered sounds of 1960’s West Coast America through British Freakbeat, Psychedelia and Powerpop. The Fast Camels honed their art on the Glasgow circuit with many appearances at King Tuts Wah Wah Hut, The ABC, Classic Grand and Nice’n’Sleazys before expanding out across the UK to play gigs and appear on live radio sessions across the country. ‘The Magic Optician’ opened many doors across America and Europe. It was embraced by US and Canadian College Radio on Jeff Shelton’s Power Pop Show, Radio Free Phoenix, UIC Chicago, University of Toronto Radio and many others even though it was only available as a digital download. One of the band’s proudest achievements was being chosen as the only British representative to play at the 40TH ANNIVERSARY MONTEREY POP FESTIVAL MAIN STAGE with bands such as the Doors and Jefferson Airplane, a commitment the Camels were unable to keep as one of the original members deserted the line-up days before departure. 2012, and a new Fast Camels emerged. Having regrouped mid-2010, the expanded Fast Camels comprised of original members Drew Sturgeon (Vocals and Guitar), Mark O’Connor (Vocals and Guitar) and Stephan Mors (Drums). They were joined by Allan McGarry (Vocals and Keyboards) and Neil Menzies (Bass). The songs written in the aftermath of ‘The Magic Optician’ grace the new album ‘Deadrooms & Butterfly Dreams’. They belong to the same world as ‘The Magic Optician’ but are darker, more psychedelic visions of the Now. 11 tales from Drew and Mark take you on a journey through the aftermath of the original line up’s disintegration. These tracks are enhanced by the addition of a track penned by new member Allan McGarry – later chosen as the first single release from ‘Deadrooms & Butterfly Dreams’. Veering between epic tales (Bruisy Bedlock, Golden Greeter, Penny Pinching Debt Collector), psychedelic pop (Ken’s Sad Vice, Cobbler Clarence, Park Day) and dark (Camera Assassin) the album continues the journey from where ‘The Magic Optician’ left us. 2013 sees the return of original drummer Joe Smith to the fold, accompanied by bassist Andy Rennie as the band prepare for a busy year of gigs, including their first appearances in mainland Europe. A feast of delicacies for fans to devour over the coming months will include an array of UK and European dates promoting the much anticipated release of ‘Deadrooms & Butterfly Dreams’ in Glasgow in May 2014. Keep an eye on the band’s Facebook page for more details – don’t miss your chance to join The Fast Camels for a trip through the world of Dead Rooms and Butterfly Dreams.