New Wave and Punk are as much part of the sound as dance and pop music elements. On stage, the main purpose of Camp’s melting of traditional rock instrumentalisation and electronics is to make girls dance.


Zurich rocks. After years devoted of techno and electronic music, these days bands resume the great tradition of Zurich rock, punk, new wave, and pop. Camp are one such rock combo. However, it is not solely about guitars: Their home town, Zurich, always proves a fertile ground for the band’s disco qualities.

Dominic Suter (voc, guit, key) and Raphael Rogenmoser (bs, voc) found Camp in 2003 while studying in Zurich. It has taken Dominic some time to develop his very own sound, sharing his enthusiasm for 80ies synthesizer bands in various projects in Zurich since 1996. Before founding Camp, Raphael Rogenmoser was singing and playing bass in several indie-rock bands in Lucerne for years. Right from day one, Dominic’s and Raphael’s shared love of alternative rock music and Zurich’s clubbing scene proves a binding force. Shortly after Camp is founded, drummer Tosho Yakkatokuo joins the band.

Consequently, they release their first album, titled «Iconography», in late 2005. The album meets with a big press response; the tracks «My Heart Is Breaking Down» and «In Paris with You» get daytime airplay on DRS3 and Couleur3. New Wave and Punk are as much part of the sound as dance and pop music elements. Camp would now go on to state that they were trying to advance their influences – ranging from old heroes like The Cure and New Order and peers Franz Ferdinand and Bloc Party to less obvious artists like Arcade Fire and Broken Social Scene – to a worthy version of the originals. But this is under-statement. The band are not merely quoting: Their sound bears Camp’s own hallmarks.

Camp are three Zurich boys to keep an eye on in the future. Referring to themselves as «smalltown neurotics», their motivation for making music is summed up by Woody Allen’s one-liner: „Failing in life can be dangerous; failing in art is simply embarrassing.» Within one year, Camp released «Talking Cure», the follow-up to their debut album. The band prove that there is more to them than writing straight dancefloor hits. The three rock musicians, every one of them knowledgeable about the more modern history of pop music, have found a multi-layered sonic language, the speed, style, beauty, and mood swings of which never fail to surprise and move the listener. On stage, the main purpose of Camp’s melting of traditional rock instrumentalisation and electronics is still to make girls dance.


From Extremely Far Away (Single 2007 on FIFA 08 from EA Games)
Talking Cure (LP 2006)
Iconography (LP 2005)

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From Extremely Far Away is on FIFA 08 from EA Games worldwide

Camp sind Swiss Top des Monats März 2006 des nationalen Popsenders DRS3

Das Album „Talking Cure“ war „Album de la semaine“ auf Couleur 3

Das Album "Iconography" war die "CD der Woche" 47 auf Kanal K

Die Alben "Iconography" und „Talking Cure“ waren "CD der Woche" 51 von Radio 3Fach

„In Paris With You“ ist der CH-Song des Jahres 2005 auf Radio 3Fach

„In Paris With You“ war Platz 11 (als bestplatzierter ausländischer Song) in den Jahrescharts 2005 von Cross Radio in Belgrad

„In Paris With You“ und „Extremely Far Away“ in Chrom-Rotation auf Motor FM in Berlin

"My heart is breaking down" war unter den 5 Nominierten für den besten Schweizer Song 2005 auf SOUNDS! / DRS3

„From Extremely Far Away“ in der Playlist von Indie 103.1 FM in Los Angeles

Ausschnitt aus dem bisherigen Pressefeedback: Tages-Anzeiger: "...Kultband, die auch jenseits aller Referenzen bestehen könnte" // Facts: „...Tolle Popmusik für Leute von heute!“ // Blick: “Camp treffen... ...just den Zeitnerv. Und das richtig gut.“ // Weltwoche: "Congrats" // NZZ: “...verschafft ihrer Musik eine Frische und Schlankheit, die weitaus bekannteren Bands gut anstehen würde.“ // Züritipp: “Coole Männer“ // Heute: “Zürcher Band mit internationalem Format“ // Fabrikzeitung: “Ihr Zweitwerk Talking Cure bringt Mädchen zum Tanzen und Jungs ins Schwärmen.“ // Loop: "Songs, Arrangement und Produktion verdienen Bestnoten." // Aargauer Zeitung: "Mit soliden Songs beim Debüt voll im Trend" // 20 Minuten Week: "...wer gute Einflüsse nutzt, dem gelingen tolle Platten. Camp gehören dazu." // Tages-Anzeiger: "Sounds good, looks good, feels good, too"

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Set List

70 minutes. no covers