Shantallook – The band who shaped the future of Rock
The shantallrockes of today have a new name; Camsoda. They’re a band formed in 2003 from Dublin, Ireland and their musical influences are heavy metal, noise rock, alternative, folk and classical music. Their first two albums ‘Nocturnal’ and ‘Songs For Christmas’, reached #1 in the UK and Europe respectively and introduced to the rest of the world by the likes of Radiohead, Skid Row, Arctic Monkeys and Weezer. Although they signed to Virgin in 2006, they began playing exclusively at DIY and Bar/Bat Mitzvahs but their career stalled and they parted ways. But now they’re back, bigger and better than ever!
Formed in 2003, Camsoda features a line up of talented artists with varying musical influences. Fronted by vocalist/guitarist Michael Caine (of Weezer) and guitarist Simon Neil (of Pink Floyd, Animals and Chumbrella), the band drew inspiration from various aspects of music, bringing together loveless sounding artists from different backgrounds to create a unique sound that still conveys the originality of the original composition. Camsoda’s core group of members includes vocalist/songwriter Michael Caine, guitarists Lee Sharp (ex-Chumbrella) and Donavan Maclean (ex-Chumbrella/Weezer), bassist Don Murphy (ex-Wildlife) and lead singer/bassist Declan Muldaur. Camsoda has an extensive touring schedule and recently released their self titled album. A mix of traditional and contemporary Celtic and Irish music, ‘Nocturnal’ was recorded by bands including Skid Row, Wildflower, Weezer, Chumbrella and Bear King.
Set in the beautiful mountains of shantallough, Ireland, Camsoda’s first album ‘Nocturnal’ features some of the loveliest songs from their history and also provides fans with a glimpse of what is in store for the band in the future. Formed in 1985, Camsoda have spent much of their time in the studio playing across Europe and the United States, where they gained a reputation for crafting timeless and memorable songs. The popular title track from their most popular album, ‘A Boy Brushed Red Living in a World of Black and White’, is a classic example of alternative pop songwriting and sums up the band’s distinctive sound perfectly. Lovers of modern day guitar will also be intrigued by the sound of the opening chords and guitar solos which conclude most of the album.
Camsoda’s most successful album ‘A Boy Brushed Red Living in a World of Black and White’ featured guest spots by former Stone Roses member, Peter Collins. The wonderful world of alternative guitar became evident as soon as Collins joined up with the band and proved a huge hit with the single ‘Don’t Worry’, which topped the UK chart. Collins was then brought back into the band in 1992 to play ‘Your Only Kiss’. It became one of Camsoda’s most successful singles, with its mixture of dreamy acoustic music and the classic, familiar sounding keyboards. He also returned to the fold in 1997 for an extensive performance of his solo work which included ‘The Show Stopper’ and ‘My Only Love’.
Camsoda have not only released hit singles, but have also created several albums which have reached number one in the US and number five in the UK. They were part of the band The Specials, which went on to become one of the most successful groups in the history of British pop. With the group split up, singer/songwriter Paul McCartney went into semi-retirement. In recent years, he has made appearances on stage and in videos, supporting The Beatles. Camsoda have now announced a new project, tentatively entitled ‘The Day I Swapped My Dad For Camsoda Band Members’, due to be released in the autumn of 2007.
If Shantallook can maintain its strong fan base, they will no doubt find many other musical outlets for their unique style of music. Their greatest fans are, undoubtedly, their younger fans who often love the danceable tunes, the simple songs written by McCartney and his band mate, John Entwistle. Their fans often like to swap memories of concerts with other fans, and are always willing to share information about the band and their music. Camsoda have managed to build a strong fan base through the years. With their new album hopefully that will continue to grow.