Archetypal Indie Rock guitar merchants FAERS are known for their catchy tunes, which are a little darker than the norm, and their storming live performances. Appearing at Camden Rocks is not a new thing, they have played plenty of times in the locale, but they may have something a little special waiting for us this year.
When did your relationship with Camden start?
Sam (Guitar): We all grew up in London, so we’ve known Camden to be a cornerstone of the London Music scene for as long as we can remember.
Some of the earliest and most memorable gigs I went to were in Camden, we’d always be hanging near the lock beforehand. It’s got some killer venues like the roundhouse and the assembly.
Steven (Vocals): If you love music and live in London, you’ll have thought of Camden as a second home.
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Have you played in Camden before?
Sam: We’ve played here a few times now. One of our favourites was when we played a sold out show at the Barfly (RIP), the crowd were electric that night.
Steven: We also had a great time playing Camden Rocks the last few years and other venues like Proud as well.
What was your reaction when you knew you would be playing there this year?
Steven: This is our 3rd year at Camden Rocks and we cannot wait to play it again. The whole town is lively because of the festival and there’s always a great atmosphere.
From the announcement of bands so far who are you looking forward to seeing and who would, you hope may yet make it on?
Steven: There are some massive bands this year like The Rifles and Feeder. We’re hoping to catch Salt, Sisteray and Forte as well.
Sam: Pulled Apart By Horses always take it to the next level live, so I was excited to see them added to the bill.
Have you been to Camden Market, what did you buy?
Sam: I think the first thing I ever bought in Camden Market was a Rage Against the Machine hoodie. It had Che Guevara’s face on the back… I’m not sure if I should be admitting to this…
Steven: Our drummer, Ryan, gets most of his clothes from Cyberdog (laughs).
Camden Starbucks used to be the Lock-keeper’s lodge, do you know any Camden trivia?
Sam: I’m pretty sure I read that one of Pink Floyd’s first performances was at the Roundhouse opening in ‘66. Apparently, they played this jazz-rock instrumental improvisation which lasted about 20 minutes.
Why should I as a gig goer make an effort to see you guys in Camden this year?
Steven: We’ve just spent April and May playing shows up and down the country, so this will be a kind of homecoming show for us. We’ve got something special planned to mark the occasion. Expect to hear our new sound and new tracks in action as well.
Hopefully this has whet your appetite, if only to find out why the Cyberdog-dressed drummer Ryan is worth laughing at… tickets still available HERE