Credited with setting the template for an adventurous strain of US alternative rock—one that liberally mixes global influences with America’s rich folk traditions—Camper Van Beethoven celebrates its 30th anniversary with a show at West Hollywood’s famed Troubadour on 20 July.
Formed in Northern California in 1983, Camper Van Beethoven merged punk, ska, polka, psychedelic rock and gypsy music, setting the stage for contemporary acts like Gogol Bordello and Calexico. The band made its recorded debut with 1985’s Telephone Free Landslide Victory and the oddball single “Take the Skinheads Bowling.” Several groundbreaking albums followed, including US college radio staple Our Beloved Revolutionary Sweetheart (1988), commercial breakthrough Key Lime Pie (1989), a reimagining of Fleetwood Mac’s Tusk (2002) and 2004’s New Roman Times.
This year’s La Costa Perdida finds CVB trading in gentle country rock (“Come Down the Coast”), psych pop (“Someday Our Love Will Sell Us Out”), Beach Boys homage (“Northern California Girls”), stoner rock (“Aged in Wood”) and orchestral pop (“A Love for All Time”).
Camper Van Beethoven recently returned from a successful tour of Europe and will be playing select dates with CVB front man Dave Lowery’s more straight-ahead rock outfit Cracker.
Camper Van Beethoven US Tour Dates:
19 July - Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk in Santa Cruz, CA?
20 July - Troubadour, West Hollywood, CA
25 July - Viva Big Bend Fest / Padres, Marfa, TX?
26 July - Mohawk, Austin, TX?
27 July - Granada Theater, Dallas, TX
12-14 Sept - Campout 9 at Pappy & Harriet's – Pioneertown, CA