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Melting Vinyl: BC Camplight + Special Guests

Melting Vinyl: BC Camplight + Dear Pariah

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BC Camplight, aka American songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Brian Christinzio, is back with new music and tales to tell. Landing somewhere between Badly Drawn Boy and Ben Folds, BC Camplight provides alternative pop hits for an anxious world.

Doors open 7pm. Music from 8pm.

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This is an examination of madness and loss says Brian Christinzio, the inimitable force behind BC Camplight. I hope it starts a long overdue conversation.

Fired by his ongoing battle with mental illness, ‘Shortly After Takeoff’ is the final, and finest, chapter of what Christinzio calls his Manchester Trilogy, following 2015’s “How To Die In The North” and 2018’s “Deportation Blues”. All three albums were created after the native Philadelphian had moved to Manchester. Like Deportation Blues, Shortly After Takeoff spans singer-songwriter classicism, gnarly synth-pop and ‘50s rock’n’roll, with Christinzio’s similarly distinctive, flexible vocal carrying a fearless approach to lyrical introspection, but the new album is a major leap forward in songwriting sophistication and lyrical communication.

“It’s important to stress that this isn’t a redemption story,” he says. “I'm a guy who maybe lives a little hard and I’m in the thick of some heavy stuff. But, as a result, I think I've made my best record.”

I’m pretty sure the BC Camplight live experience isn’t something you can find elsewhere, he declares. It is a journey every night. One moment, I’m basically doing a stand-up routine and the next, the band and I are playing like we plan on dying that evening, giving our everything. Then I’m on speakerphone to my Mom on stage before assaulting my piano. I’m very thankful that, after all this time, the audience is finally there. One regret is that his father never saw Christinzio experience any level of success. I wish he could have seen what I’ve started to do here, he says. I certainly gave that guy more grey hairs than he deserved. He would have liked to see this.

‘Shortly After Takeoff’ ends with the gorgeously tender 93-second ‘Angelo’, “a little fleeting moment for my dad. I wanted his name on the album, and something that sounded like a goodbye. It ends with the drums, like a heartbeat stopping…”

That’s Christinzio and Shortly After Takeoff: his best, most honest, open and frequently heartbreaking record.

“Spellbinding and utterly wonderful.” The Line of Best Fit

“BC Camplight is a marvel” The Guardian

“Shortly After Take Off it's a spellbinding and utterly wonderful thing.” Line of Best Fit

“Christinzio's vulnerability is always rendered by melodramatic strings and a charmingly lysergic production” Loud and Quiet

Dear Pariah will stop you in your tracks with her reflections on living with a life threatening condition.

A unique voice soars over synths & electric guitar to create a soul filling sound.

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Mill Bay,
CT20 1BN

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