France Camp: Loud, Rowd(y), & Proud

Local band’s label debut channels their live charm

France Camp’s self-titled album captures the band’s live energy perfectly. Without fear of changing up tempos or defying genres, it conquers the surf-rock sound, shakes it up, and throws it in your face with bluesy guitar riffs and atmospheric, strongly executed pop melodies.

Fronted by France Camp (Jay Simonson), who lends his own name to the band, France Camp’s newest release, out on Forged Artifacts as of October 31, takes the sound of their formerly ultra-lo-fi recordings and polishes it up while maintaining that same essence.

2013 has been a transformative year for the band. Back in February, they opened for The Vaccines at The Triple Rock with a different lineup that included female vocals alongside France Camp’s. Now it’s all France, and he’s killing it.

France Camp played a Nov. 2 show at the 7th Street Entry, opening for FIDLAR alongside fellow local act Frankie Teardrop. As always, they were not afraid to engage with the crowd. At one point, France deep throated his microphone, then asked if anyone in the audience wanted to try. One kid responded, but didn’t catch on, yelling into the mic instead. France embraced it, playing an overzealous guitar riff alongside the kid’s screams.

Antics like this were paired with energetic renditions of every song off their new album. Old, reworked favorites like “Let’s Roll” translated just as well as new songs like “Ghost Town”, which closed the set. All in all, France Camp is embracing Minneapolis’ unexpected surf-punk trend in a worthwhile, tireless way. See them live, and take the energy home with you by picking up their album.