|Birth name||Brian Christinzio|
31 May 1980 |
New Jersey, United States
|Genres||Indie rock, lo-fi|
|Labels||One Little Indian, Bella Union|
|Associated acts||The War on Drugs, Sharon Van Etten|
BC Camplight (formerly B.C. Camplight) is the moniker of American songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Brian Christinzio. His 2005 album Hide, Run Away was released by One Little Indian and featured Cynthia G. Mason on vocals. Camplight's follow up, Blink of a Nihilist, was released in 2007. The third album came out in January 2015 on Bella Union. Christinzio's later lyrics regularly explore his personal life and self-destructive tendencies, including struggles with depression and dealing with drugs and alcohol abuse.
Originally from New Jersey, Christinzio relocated to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA in 2003. He soon signed a record deal with One Little Indian and established himself on the city's live music scene. He played live with members of The War on Drugs and appeared on Sharon Van Etten's 2011 album "Epic".
On the One Little Indian label, Christinzio released two albums, in 2005 and 2007. They were critically well received, but did not succeed commercially. He was dropped by the label and nearly quit music altogether while struggling with drugs and alcohol to the point of feeling he was near death.
Christinzio relocated to Manchester, England in 2011, following the advice of a fan on social media. There he recuperated and returned to writing and performing. In October 2014 Bella Union announced it will be releasing BC Camplight's already-recorded third album, How to Die in the North, in January 2015.
However, in early 2015 Christinzio had overstayed his visa permissions and was made to leave the UK, resulting in the cancellation of his band's summer tour which was to include performances at the Green Man and End of the Road festivals. Gigs in other countries have gone ahead as planned, including a debut tour in the US. Christinzio is currently residing in Paris.
The BC Camplight live band consists of Christinzio (piano/vocals) and Mancunians Hattie Coombe (vocals), Stephen Mutch (bass), Jonno "Espranto" Prestbury (Guitar), Adam Dawson (drums) and Robbie Rush (keyboard/guitar).
- 2005 - Hide, Run Away (One Little Indian)
- Couldn't You Tell 3:24
- Blood and Peanut Butter 3:54
- Emily's Dead to Me 1:57
- Hide Runaway 5:19
- Wouldn't Mind The Sunshine 4:28
- Parapaleejo 3:17
- Oranges In Winter 4:36
- If You Think I Don't Mean It 2:01
- La La La 4:38
- Richard Dawson 3:26
- Sleep With Your Lights On 4:23
- 2007 - Blink of a Nihilist (One Little Indian)
- Suffer For Two 2:57
- Lord, I've Been On Fire 3:45
- Werewolf Waltz 1:22
- Forget About Your Bones 2:57
- Say Tonto! 4:06
- The Hip And The Homeless 3:45
- The 22 Skidoo 3:34
- Officer Down 3:44
- Grey Young Amelia 5:20
- I've Got A Bad Cold 2:04
- Scare Me Sweetly 4:46
- 2015 - How to Die in the North (Bella Union)
- You Should've Gone to School 4:29
- Love Isn't Anybody's Fault 3:09
- Just Because I Love You 5:13
- Grim Cinema 3:55
- Good Morning Headache 5:31
- Thieves in Antigua 4:07
- Atom Bomb 4:47
- Lay Me on the Floor 5:52
- Why Doesn't Anybody Fall in Love Anymore 3:32
- David Sue (5 April 2013). "Brian Christinzio: Manchester saved my life". Manchester Evening News.
- Berick, Michael. "Review: Hide, Run Away". Allmusic. Retrieved 26 October 2010.
- Simon Jay Catling (9 Jan 2015). "Heart of a Wrestler: BC Camplight Interviewed". The Skinny.
- Tim Jonze (18 May 2015). "BC Camplight: 'I can't overstate how bad my life had gotten'". The Guardian.
- John Freeman (10 February 2015). "The Homecoming King: An Interview With BC Camplight". THe Quietus.
- DeLuca, Dan. "Philadelphia's BC Camplight makes it in Manchester, new album 'How To Die In The North' on the way". www.philly.com. Retrieved 26 October 2014.