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France Camp Album Release Party @ 7th Street Entry

Dec 18, 2013

Things got pretty weird at the Entry on December 14th, 2013, as France Camp was joined by Frankie Teardrop, Hollow Boys, and Teenage Moods for their album release party.

            Things got pretty weird at the Entry on December 14th, 2013, as France Camp was joined by Frankie Teardrop, Hollow Boys, and Teenage Moods for their album release party. They offered free raffle tickets and sold tapes and posters to get extra entries for the mystery prizes.




            Frankie Teardrop started out the night and absolutely slayed their set, as usual. They played songs like “Lines”, “”Chicago”, and “Stop” off of their latest album, Tough Guy, but also pleased the crowd with a few new songs. First was a slowed down song called, “No More Drugs,” after Frankie enlightened the crowd to the downsides of drug abuse. Later in the set, they played another new song, which Frankie announced was called, “Raiders.” Both were hits with the audience. Hopefully this foreshadows a new album in the making. The highlight of the set, however, was their Frankie-styled cover of Grimes’ “Oblivion.” Claire Boucher would have been proud.




            Minneapolis three-piece, Hollow Boys, was next on stage. Interestingly enough, Hollow Boys’ guitarist and lead vocalist, Ali Jaafar of Uptown’s Ecstattic Studio, recorded France Camp’s debut self-titled album and mastered Frankie’s, Tough Guy. Supporting Jaafar was bassist, Cole Benson and drummer/vocalist Monica Coleslaw. Coleslaw played with unbelievable force on her small set while managing to also support Jaafar’s beautiful, moody vocals, her compelling performance reminiscent of Meg White. Playing tracks off of their latest album, It’s True, and past record, When You Think of Us, Pray For Us, the gloom-poppers strung their set seamlessly together with the help of their extensive collection of pedals, giving Ali the power to reverb his mind out. They end with the song, “Wait,” and left their set without a word, as the eerie sounds of dreary guitar persisted.




            Teenage Moods, another local three-piece, continued the night with their more poppy set. The garage rockers met the expectations of their namesake with fun and angsty songs, some of which were off of their latest album,Grow. With some psych-rock nuances, their catchy songs proved that simplicity is not at all boring. Lead vocalist and guitarist, Gordon Byrd sang about heartbreak and love as any teen would, but gives off a very Ty Segall vibe. Drummer, Taylor Motari, and bassist, Jillian Schroeder complete the trio of teens. Even if they are not really teens themselves, everything from their lyrics to the balloons on stage showed that youth is a state of mind, not a number.






            France Camp brought their chaotic spirit to the Entry at the end of the night. In celebration of the tape release of their debut self-titled album, France Camp had a few surprises in their set. Jay “France Camp” read off a few names picked from a bucket in between songs to give away the raffle prizes, which included a fishing rod, a headlamp, a Shrek 2 DVD, and last but not least, a fish (yes, a real fish, which was tossed into the crowd). The chaos only escalated as Jay surfed the crowd. The surfy, garage-punkers played an energetic set and were then joined by special guest Glenn Santzig who helped the band finish off their set with two killer Misfits covers. 



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by Samantha Sacks