Hailing from Llangollen / Chester and celebrating the forthcoming release of their first collection of studio tracks ‘Wellbeing EP’ Indie-pop 5 piece, Campfire Social, are a refuge from the wild woods all around. Their incandescent, melodic songs take the intimate heartbreak of Elliott Smith and embellish with golden harmonies borrowed from The Beach Boys. At times getting you up off your chairs in a passionate rage, at others just to dance but always filled with hope.
Campfire Social formed following the demise of the very highly regarded, and lamented, Shy & the Fight (Radio 1, 6Music airplay; multiple festival appearances; debut single on Popty Ping Records). Tom was that band’s chief songwriter. Since 2015 Campfire Social has existed merely as a bedroom project. It wasn’t until late in 2016 that a final lineup was decided and the band released the single ‘Nothing Nowhere Never Now’, listed by Adam Walton (BBC Wales), Rock Current (podcast) and Drunk on Music (Blog) in their best of 2016 roundups.
This year began with that song being A-listed by BBC Wales resulting in continued airplay. Since then the band have been straight back into the studio to record ‘Wellbeing’ and taken on a ‘full steam ahead’ philosophy, performing as much as possible up and down the country.. Tom sums his songwriting philosophy up in typically unshowy fashion: “it’s about taking a personal subject that I think everyone can relate to and giving it life by adding a hopeful melody.