Creature Camp
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Creature Camp

Birmingham, Alabama, United States | Established. Jan 01, 2013 | SELF

Birmingham, Alabama, United States | SELF
Established on Jan, 2013
Band Rock Indie




"Dreamy and Upbeat Collide"

Their sound: Synth rock
For fans of: Future Islands, The National, Animal Collective

Some say they sound like The Cure went surfing. To music retailer zZounds, they’re proving “that dreamy and upbeat don’t have to be mutually exclusive.” Whatever you call it, Creature Camp is creating original sound.

“Synthesis and sampling let creators open musical doors that have never been touched or thought of before,” says band member Chris Hemphill, who you will hear on keys, synth, samples, and vocals. “I am extremely proud when the audience doesn’t know what hit them, and they like it.”

Cory Anchors is the founder, chief lyric writer, and visual artist of the group. It was also Anchors who drew images of animals one day, and without prompting, each band member saw themselves as a different one. They’d go on to create masks for their “creature” identities. “The masks are simply how we see ourselves right now,” Hemphill says. “We’re all different creatures who enjoy radically different music, but we can come together in a way that no one feels their expression is being drowned out.”

The band name evolved as the group itself did. It all started with Anchors wanting to experiment with new lyrical and musical ideas. He recruited LeAlan Carter on lead guitar and backing vocals, David Hildebrand on drums, and Hemphill to play as Deer Empire. From there they added Adam Huett on bass and backing vocals, and Creature Camp first performed in June 2014.

“Some blues guys, indie rockers, folks who like noise, and a guy who was wondering where the sheet music was sounds like a disastrous recipe,” Hemphill says of their first practice sessions. “But from it, we learned that with those tough, long sessions, we would eventually find a harmony. It’s kind of how I live my life now. Instead of trying to win or impose my will on people who are different, I’m really just looking for harmonies/what will make us ‘sound’ the best together.”

See them: At Spring Street Firehouse for Sidewalk Film Scramble Aug. 20, at Avondale Brewing Company Aug. 27 - B-Metro Magazine

"Zzounds/QSC Battle of the Bands"

"We're up to our eyes in submissions to QSC Battle of the Bands giveaway and still listening! Here's one we really like called Creature Camp from Birmingham, AL. Somewhere in the realm of The-Killers-Meets-Real-Estate and a ton of super catchy hooks, they prove that dreamy and upbeat don't have to be mutually exclusive." - Zzounds

"QSC Battle of the Bands Giveaway Winners"

"Hailing from Birmingham, Alabama, Creature Camp dish out space-age indie rock that really struck a chord with our voters. With their danceable grooves and shimmering vintage synth tones, what's not to like? We know Creature Camp will sound great mixed with the QSC TouchMix-16 through those KW speakers -- and we can't wait to get out to Alabama and shoot one of their shows. Check back with us for the video!" -


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Hailing from Birmingham, Alabama, Creature Camp dishes out space-age indie rock with danceable grooves and shimmering vintage synth tones.

zZounds/QSC described their sound as, “Killers meets Real Estate”, when Creature Camp won their Battle of the Bands in September of 2015. Birmingham's B-Metro Magazine’s reaction: “The Cure went surfing”. Either way, this synth obsessed group offers up a hearty taste of the controlled explosion of sound and dance from their early 2017 debut album, A Lost Experiment.

Band Members