ALT 98.7 Summer Camp 2018 - Death Cab For Cutie, ODESZA, CHVRCHES, Judah & The Lion, AJR, Sir Sly, Jungle, lovelytheband and Superorganism
Attention Campers! ALT 98.7 Summer Camp is BACK for another year of splendid scenery and epic performances.
This year's stacked lineup includes: Death Cab For Cutie, ODESZA, CHVRCHES, Judah & The Lion, AJR, Sir Sly, Jungle, Lovelytheband and SUPERORGANISM.
*Lineup subject to change.
Rain or Shine.
Death Cab for Cutie began as a solo project by Benjamin Gibbard in 1997. He released a demo cassette titled You Can Play These Songs with Chords, which, to Gibbard's surprise, became fairly popular. The success prompted him to gather some friends from Western Washington University to form a band. Shortly after forming, the band began recording their debut album, the LP Something About Airplanes, which was released in 1998. The album became a hit on the indie scene and, along with small tour dates, Death Cab for Cutie quickly followed it up with the concept album, We Have the Facts and We're Voting Yes in 2000.
Death Cab for Cutie's third full-length album, The Photo Album, was released in 2001, just as the band was garnering positive attention from the indie music scene. Despite the group's low key success, it wasn't until after the release of Transatlanticism that Death Cab for Cutie hit it big. The album's title track along with "The Sound of Settling" were featured on a number of television shows as well as making it into the rotation of many radio stations. With the success of the album commercially and critically, Death Cab for Cutie entered the mainstream and began headlining numerous tour dates. Death Cab for Cutie's first Atlantic Records release was Plans in 2005 and was received with acclaim similar to Transatlanticism. After tour dates that consumed the entirety of 2006, the band began recording an album in 2007 that they knew from the start would be a huge departure from what they were comfortable with. The dicey move paid off as Narrow Stairs became Death Cab for Cutie's first album to reach #1 on the Billboard Hot 200, and maintained the group's reputation as a huge draw on tour dates.
2011's Codes and Keys presented the band with a number of firsts. The album featured far less guitar than previous albums; as evidenced in the hit single, "You Are a Tourist". Not only is "You Are a Tourist" the first Death Cab for Cutie single to reach #1 on Billboard's US Alternative Songs chart, but the song's music video is also the first ever to be filmed and broadcast live; in one take, no less.
During the recording of Death Cab's 2015, Kintsugi, guitarist Chris Walla surprised band members and fans alike when he announced he would be leaving the band after 17 years. That didn't stop Walla from becoming a driving force behind the album; including its hit single, "Black Sun", which reached #2 on the BillboardUS Alt. Songs chart. Gibbard has described the album as a return to Death Cab for Cutie's musical roots, saying that it would win back any fans alienated by their previous musical explorations.
Judah & The Lion: Judah & the Lion is an americana-folk band from Nashville, Tennessee started in 2011. The band released an independent EP in 2013 entitled Sweet Tennessee that received commercial success on numerous Billboard charts.
ODESZA: ODESZA is an American electronic music duo from Seattle consisting of Harrison Mills and Clayton Knight. The group was formed in 2012 shortly before Mills and Knight graduated from Western Washington University. Their debut album, "Summer's Gone", was released in 2012 to much acclaim in the underground electronic music community. Following "Summer's Gone", ODESZA released their first EP in 2013 entitled, "My Friends Never Die".
AJR: Adam, Jack and Ryan are young brothers from NYC. Growing up in Manhattan enabled them to pursue many creative avenues. Talented in art, dance, acting and singing, this trio has been performing most of their lives.
Adam – 20 years old – is a student at Columbia University, a dancer / dance teacher and most of all, a singer. His classes are noted in dance circles and he has choreographed performances at prominent venues.
Jack – 13 years old – is the little brother and actor of note. He has appeared in many commercials and in the movie, The Pink Panther 2. His stage presence and attitude inject a tremendous energy into AJR's music.
Ryan – 16 years old – is a multi-talented creative mind. Writing, arranging and engineering most of the music, creating the album art and the overall look of AJR's releases, Ryan is an artist operating in a manner well beyond his years.
The trio quickly moved out of the living room and burst onto the music scene. Starting with street performing around the city – Central Park, Washington Square Park, Union Square – they amassed a huge following and played to enormous crowds. Lately AJR's music has spread across the country and around the world! Engaging music lovers on Facebook, Twitter and Myspace, they really get to know their fans and get a lot of feedback on their music. As brothers, AJR's blended harmonies with intelligent pop music, ballads and iconic covers make their performances a fun experience for audiences of all ages. They live, breath and exist music – and love working together as brothers.
Superorganism: The origins of the band can be found in the indie rock band, The Eversons, founded in 2011. While The Eversons were on tour in Japan in 2015, they met a Japanese expat and fan named Orono Noguchi. After hitting it off, the band members kept in touch with Noguchi via Skype and eventually were impressed by her vocal abilities. The Eversons invited her to record vocals for a new side project they were working on, which would eventually become the track "Something For Your M.I.N.D.". Seeing Noguchi as a solid fit (and despite her significantly younger age), the rest of the band invited her to join upon her graduation from high school. The new project was renamed Superorganism.
Additionally, Superorganism added two New Zealand background singers -- Ruby and B -- to the group, as well as a South Korean living in Australia named Chi. With so many members in so many different places around the globe, the majority of the band (minus Chi) decided to move into a house together in the East End of London.
Superorganism's debut, self-titled album was released in 2018 and featured "Something For Your M.I.N.D.", as well as the hit single "Everybody Wants to Be Famous".