When James Gaudet of Spooky Campers says things like, "I know that this is a long shot, but we're doing what we can" and "We're just taking it all one step at a time," it conjures images of a Family Circus clan trying to make the most out of a bad camping trip ruined by terrible weather and "Not Me."
The story of the band's name also evokes creepy kid imagery---Dan Ethier, the band's drummer "has a cat named Spooky, but we also wanted to satirize the idea of camping by suggesting that the kids participating were spookier than the ghost stories that they would tell. I guess we were just excited about the cat who triggered the idea."
Spooky Campers are now spending their summer making the best of a bad (and all-too-familiar) Halifax situation. With guitarist Sam Hill leaving for school in Prague, the band has decided go on hiatus as of July 20. Before that date Spooky Campers will be appearing on a compilation cassette under the Sunken Sounds banner, as well as releasing another cassette EP. Their previous EP, the awesomely named Shitty Campground, is available on cassette and for free download, along with another EP, at spookycampers.bandcamp.com.
The cassette compilation, featuring local bands Quaker Parents, Jon Mckiel, Dream Friends, Blonde Wig, Future Fields, Gigas and Special Costello, will be given out on July 20 at the Sunken Sounds Media Festival.
Gaudet describes Sunken Sounds as "a small group of people who see a lot of potential in the music of Halifax." The group plans to have an Annapolis Valley show combining camping and live music. Gaudet doesn't speak of Sunken Sounds as a grandiose project, he just wants to get people involved. "It's obviously been done before, and we're not trying to go into competition with anyone," says Gaudet. "But camping and music just go hand-in-hand. The more the merrier, right?"
And the Spooky Campers? "We'll probably just keep making music until we get a show with Thee Oh Sees then consider ourselves finished, which means that we might be around for a pretty long time."
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