Introducing...Claire Cameron Band
We don't champion the unsigned around here as much as we should so when the Leeds-based alternative rockers Claire Cameron Band dropped into our inbox, we felt it was about time.
Describing their upcoming EP as a "mini rock opera", they're not a band that are lacking in confidence. They've had a busy couple of years with 2011 seeing them perform their first London headline gig at the 100 Club, a night so well-received they were back on the same stage in January this year for Feedme Music's Future Rock night. Festival slots have followed as well as recording sessions with Neil Sadler - who worked with Laura Marling on her early recordings - and blues rock guitarist Larry Miller, leading to their upcoming EP Time Will Tell, out this Friday (28th).
They'll mark its release with their third headline gig at the 100 Club on Friday night so we sat down for a quick chat with lead singer Claire Cameron to find out more.
What's your earliest musical memory?
An Enya song that I used to sing wrong - 'Sail Away' that I used to think sounded like something else 'Where sec' according to my parents... I was adamant! I loved that song.
If you could hold a recording session with any five artists, who would you choose?
I would work with Led Zeppelin, Alanis Morissette, Carina Round, Counting Crows and Porcupine Tree.
You want to describe your music to a stranger on the street, who do you compare yourself to?
I generally say that we're inspired by the aforementioned, among many others but if we were to compare ourselves we say if you like Bat for Lashes, Alanis, Lacuna Coil and alternative rock/singer songwriter you'll probably enjoy us!
You are going to live on a desert island for a year, which three albums do you take with you?
August And Everything After by Counting Crows, The Incident by Porcupine Tree and Dizzy Up The Girl by Goo Goo Dolls because I can't live without any of those three albums in my life.
Everyone has a defining music moment, one that lives on in the memory, what is yours?
Watching Porcupine Tree perform The Incident in its entirety rendered me completely speechless. It was the best gig I've ever been to and it changed my life. An incredible piece of music and a true inspiration to witness.
What is the best gig you've ever been to and why?
I'll give you another amazing gig. Regina Spektor made my heart hurt with her spectacular gig at Leeds on her Far tour. Her voice is breathtaking - so perfectly in tune and hard-hitting in its delivery that it is like musical shards of rhythmical glass. It made me cry and was a really unforgettable experience.
Where do you see yourself in five years time?
Touring, and writing songs for the people who get us there. We really want to create music that people enjoy listening to, and hopefully inspire and connect with too.
If we were to look at your MP3 player, what is the most embarrassing track or album that we'd find?
OK I'll be honest - truly - 'No Regrets' by Dappy. I got addicted to it last year and danced unashamedly round the local on my birthday; it's a good story and a catchy tune.
How would you sell your new EP Time Will Tell to us?
An alternative rock offering with a melodic, story telling thread.
What's next for Claire Cameron Band?
We'd really like to do a UK tour, play some brilliant festivals and go back into the studio as soon as we can to write more songs together!
Time Will Tell EP is out on September 28th, with Claire Cameron Band headlining the 100 Club on the same night. To find out more, visit their Twitter @CCameronBand or their website - www.reverbnation.com/clairecameronband