|France Camp, from L-R, Kyle Kimm, James Wolfeatens, Jay Simonson and Dylan Rosebringeth|
France Camp | 7th St. Entry | Friday, May 15
The overwhelming need for an intense creative catharsis has fueled many of rock 'n' roll's greatest maniacs. Iggy Pop ground his body into shattered glass to escape the stifling boredom of his trailer park existence in Upper Michigan. Pete Townshend smashed his equipment into smithereens as an effigy to his turbulent childhood. And Patti Smith worked herself into shamanistic conniptions while exploring the dark corners of her spirituality.
Local garage-punk quartet France Camp has an Iggy-archetype of their own in their eponymous frontman, a rail-thin dynamo prone to cross-dressing ensembles and an utter disregard for his own personal safety during the confines of a live show.
When we caught up with the group offstage, Camp (aka Jay Simonson) and bassist Kyle Kimm are a decidedly low-key pair, relaxing with a cup of chamomile on Simonson's porch and joking about their need for a full-time bongo player. But the darkness that fueled much of the songwriting on their new album Purge is never too far from the conversation.
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