Photo by Carolyn Lederach
For a band to play The Milkboy and less than six months later play the TLA, they must be doing something right. Maybe it was signing to Elektra Records or the anticipation of the new EP tryhard — whatever the case, The Band CAMINO is having its best year yet.
Candidly, this trip to South Street was our favorite in a while. The soldout show ranged from couples on date night to groups of friends singing in unison to crowd surfers filming on Snapchat — truly, the definition of The Band CAMINO’s self-proclaimed status as “your mom’s favorite band.”
Valley, the Canadian born-and-raised “four kids you knew in grade school,” opens the show. Think: the first time you read (or watched) The Perks of Being a Wallflower — that’s the feeling. Valley set the perfect tone between sad-pop and rock, a known consistency in CAMINO tracks. They left the crowd with a small taste of a promising night. Then, the lights go out.
If you’ve ever felt graced by a presence, The Band CAMINO knocks that feeling out of the park. We’ve been to our fair share of TLA shows, but we’re glad we brought earplugs to this one. The band steps on stage with the first snare drum thump of “Break Me,” and though the track was only released a month prior, every fan sang alongside Jeffery Jordan (lead vocals/guitar), Spencer Stewart (lead guitar/vocals), Graham Rowell (bass), and Garrison Burgess (drums). From elated facial expressions to running from stage right to stage left to expressive light production, even the security guard’s eyes lit up.
This energy never halted from “See Through” to “Daphne Blue,” despite moments of heavy self-reflection from “Know Me,” “I Spend Too Much Time in My Room,” and “My Thoughts on You.” This is the true power of The Band CAMINO: they’ll dance with you through synth-filled, boisterous melodies right before they ask, “Can’t you see how unhappy you are? / It seems like you don’t know me.” In these moments, a barrier lifts — almost an allowance to sob and dive into your own world for a second. The band has a commendable way of ripping you from vulnerability, dragging you through every emotion to do it.
Towards the end of the night, Jeffery polls the crowd, “How many of you were at our show just a few months ago?” Half the room raises their hand. “We want to thank you from the bottom of our hearts for showing up tonight. You have no idea how much this means.” Sounds like a moment you’d hear from every other artist, but when we looked around the room, we knew it was different. Picture the look on your parents’ faces when you graduated high school or college — that’s how every single fan stared back at Jeffery. Admiration, pride, and genuine care. You know you’ve got a fanbase for life with that kind of support.
The band closed their set with crowd favorite “Daphne Blue” and sent a roar through South Street with “I DON’T WANNA TALK ABOUT IT!” Previously, critics would refer to the band as “tryhards,” hence the EP title. To comment, the guys suggested, “A lot of times people use ‘try-hard’ in a derogatory sense, but we’d rather own the fact that we’ve given every ounce of ourselves to making this music.” If being a “tryhard” means giving a shit about what you do, then call The Band CAMINO what you want. At least they’re in love with putting on a great show for the people who admire them.
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