Reviews

(Album)
September 18, 2016
Tales Of The Expected
Glasgow may be 5,000 miles from San Francisco, and nowhere near as warm and sunny but maybe it’s looking out from a west coast onto a large body of water that induces a psychedelic mindset. Okay maybe not, but there’s certainly plenty of that psychedelic mindset on the latest LP from The Fast Camels, one of the best neo-psych outfits in Britain right now. Read more >>

(Gig)
LOVE – live tribute night, review
September 6, 2014

From Glasgow The Fast Camels certainly don’t disappoint. They play with kinetic energy, and have a good visual appeal, winning the crowd over further with explosive renditions of Forever Changes standouts ‘Live And Let Live’ and the always freaky ‘The Red Telephone’, as well as a fairly incendiary reading of ‘7 And 7 Is’. Read more on Shindig-magazine.com >>

(Gig)
May 17, 2014
Venue: The Cavern – Liverpool

Pure psychedilia, the growling mind-expanding feeling of watching a set of musicians on stage who frame a genre so perfectly that you can only feel sorry for all that came before them. Read full gig review @ The Cavern, Liverpool. International Pop Overthrow 2014

(Gig)
Album launch for Dead Rooms & Butterfly Dreams
May 9, 2014
Venue: Studio, Renfield Lane, Glasgow

This song has all the ingredients of great psychedelia, taking you on a great roller coaster ride of sound. Read full gig review @ Mintyandthebeeb.blogspot.co.uk

(Album)
Deadrooms and Butterfly Dreams

Shindig Magazine
June 2014

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(Album)
Deadrooms and Butterfly Dreams

Active Listener
June 2014

confidently stepping into psychedelic territory. Read more on Active-listener.blogspot.co.nz

(Album)
Deadrooms and Butterfly Dreams

Harmonic Distortion
May 7, 2014

This record proves one thing – that you really can say anything you want in a song so long as the pill is softened by good enough music. Read full review on HarmonicDistortionblogspot.co.uk

(Album)
Deadrooms and Butterfly Dreams

Liverpool Sound and Vision
April 22, 2014

Deadrooms and Butterfly Dreams visualises what can be achieved when one listens to the thought and doesn’t dismiss it as a fantasy not worth exploring. Read full review on liverpoolsoundandvision.co.uk >>

(Album)
The Fast Camels – The Magic Optician

Theskinny.co.uk
February 10, 2007

If Glasgow’s Fast Camels were a beverage, they’d be a cup of coffee laced with hallucinogens. Alternatively — at times, concurrently — ethereal and driving, their sound can hit you between the eyes and induce headbanging or take those same eyes, lift them towards the lights, and set the brain behind them whirling with swirling, psychedelic mélanges of vocals and instrumentation. Read more on Theskinny.co.uk >>

(Album)
The Fast Camels – The Magic Optician

Musicomh.com
February 12, 2007

Imagine a retro-futuristic dome in between The Beatles‘ dreamy pastoral cottage and Oasis‘ graffiti’d urban den. The Fast Camels populate it with the delights and dangers of both sides wrestling like hell, and music emanates from every corner. Read more on Musicomh.com >>

(Album)
The Fast Camels – The Magic Optician

Powerpopaholic.com
July 27, 2007

This was the top album on rock critic David Bash’s top 2007 list and I think it deserves some attention. The Fast Camels are unapologetically rooted in the feakbeat of 60′s pysch-beat. This sun-blistered, psychedelic brand of 60s power pop and freakbeat is on the road to gain converts all over the UK and you can hear it now. Read more on Powerpopaholic.com >>

(Album)
The Fast Camels – The Magic Optician

List.co.uk
August 7, 2007

Hailing from Glasgow, The Fast Camels pay a psychedelic tribute to the 60s in their energetic debut album. Guitar heavy, with mature harmonies and strong rhythms, the band are unashamedly influenced by the likes of Love and Pink Floyd. Read more on List.co.uk >>

Festival: Welcome to the Psychedelic Zoo
Venue: Stereo
Glasgow
May 31, 2013

Trippin’ time in Stereo. The keepers disappearing, jacks back in their boxes, the Fast Camels unzip the zoo to launch their soon-come second record Dead Rooms & Butterfly Dreams. Hot on the hooves of Doune the Rabbit Hole and The Cavern Club, the Glasgow band returned to the sawdust of their town’s own podium with set openers Camera Assassin and All Day Breakfast, tunes with mushrooms on their mind. Debut record The Magic Optician gave the sell out crowd The Hump and the gorgeous, Love-inspired Privately Insane, a song as sweet as peaches, and just an orchestra short of the Walker Brothers.

New single Ken’s Sad Vice – an astounding ode to the defence of one’s own home, burglars beware at Casa McGarry – is cut from the stone of any humdrum Ray Davies narrative, turned into a woozy, Wurlitzer driven murder ballad, every bit his equal. The video for the single was premiered on the Stereo walls before the gig, a horrorshow in Hammerscope, with frontmen Mark O’Connor and Drew Sturgeon in repeat, resplendent velvet and ushanka throughout the show. The Coral scallie of Big Daddy Smyth and 50 Things on Your Mind kept the animals happy, and new tunes Park Day, History Man and Golden Greeter lifted life from band members’ bygone days, rainbowed up the playing, and showed the Camels off as an altogether heavier live beast than the psychedelic tagline implied. This is a phenomenal live five piece, tight as a line, and mad as pandas. A bitter, avenging Penny Pinching Debt Collector is the Fast Camels with a hump, but a glorious encore of early single Like a Magic Optician and a tune new to the zoo, Chicken BO, turned up the colour towards the night’s final song Der Nazi Tea – think Syd Barrett writing for Wall era Floyd, a seven minute epic with more imagination than most bands’ albums, the perfect end to a triumphant return. These Camels are fast, so catch ’em while you can. With only sweat left on stage, in hugs and puddles, the Psychedelic Zoo was pure Glasgow magic, a feeding time that left everyone hungry for more…roll up, roll up, roll on the Dead Rooms…