BIO: Imagine Yes had a three-way with George Clinton and Led Zeppelin...in Canada. Out pops Vancouver's own Brass Camel, a one-of-a-kind quintet that blends 70's prog, funk, and blues rock into a fresh and original sound. Born in early 2018, the group is the brainchild of Daniel James, who began touring at age 11 and has performed with Les Paul and at NYC's Apollo Theater. Since the release of their debut the group has been on a hot-streak of packed Vancouver shows and has shared the stage with groups such as Big Sugar, Songhoy Blues, Hey Ocean in such venues as the Commodore Ballroom and Rickshaw Theatre. Technical junkies, blues lovers, and funk groovers can all find common ground as they ride the rocking sounds of the Camel.
"I'm a big Brass Camel believer right now and the fact that they're from Canada...to me, I mean that's just a bonus. Man, they're good worldwide so I've gotta say that's probably my favourite dude in Canada right now."
-Gordie Johnson, Big Sugar/Grady
"Though influence is apparent Daniel James’ Brass Camel is still totally fresh, unique and original. It’s a one of a kind blend where synths range from high pitches to deep, raunchy, space-like bass, while James fronts the band’s unorthodox rhythms with his guitar’s firepower fretboard. It’s a technical musicians dream that leaves you wanting more."
"Mark my words, get to know this band now, because they are only getting started, and they are truly a major musical force to be reckoned with, as this fine album attests. Their funkadelic prog is guaranteed to put a smile on your face and a spring in your step. DJBC is the real deal: talent to burn, and songs that blaze into glory like the most majestic of fireworks. Long live rock!"
"You’ve got Frank Zappa and The Mothers at the height of their twisted prog-rock powers on albums like Over-Nite Sensation, Apostrophe (‘) and One Size Fits All. You’ve got the wah-wah-stomp boogie and blues-rock of Steve Marriott and Humble Pie. And you’ve got traces of everyone from Stevie Wonder and Sly Stone to Janis Joplin and Little Feat. Which means you’ve got a band that can — and does — tear the roof off the sucker."
THE PERMANENT RAIN PRESS:
"It’s a party, a throwback, and a testament in an album. Although these songs flow nicely as a continuous album, each song shines in its own way. Whether on shuffle or in order, and as isolated tracks or all 11 played at once, it’s a symphonic immersive experience...this band has a sound that is uncommon, sincere and passionate."
The Camel alumni are young but seasoned pros, between them having performed or recorded with acts like No Sinner, Lee Aaron, Soliterre, the River and the Road, Said the Whale, Hotel Mira, JP Maurice, Mad Shadow and more in recent years.