B.C. Camplight

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BC Camplight
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Background information
Birth nameBrian Christinzio
Born (1980-05-31) 31 May 1980 (age 38)[1]
New Jersey, United States
GenresIndie rock, lo-fi
Occupation(s)Singer-songwriter, musician
Years active2002-present
LabelsOne Little Indian, Bella Union
Associated actsThe War on Drugs, Sharon Van Etten

BC Camplight (formerly B.C. Camplight) is the stage name 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.[2] 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 alcohol.[3]


Originally from New Jersey, Christinzio relocated to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States 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 as a piano session player appeared on Sharon Van Etten's 2011 album "Epic" among other collaborations.

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 mental health issues, drugs, and alcohol.[4][5]

Christinzio relocated to Manchester, England in 2012, following the advice of a fan on social media.[6] There he recuperated and returned to writing and performing.[1][4] 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.[7]

However, in early 2015 Christinzio overstayed his visa permissions due to a severe leg injury 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 and an appearance on Later... with Jools Holland. Gigs in other countries have gone ahead as planned, including a debut tour in the US. Christinzio has then temporarily resided in Paris and Philadelphia.[4][8] BC Camplight toured the West Coast of America for the first time in the spring of 2016. He then was able to return to the UK and to gigging regularly there.

In 2017 Christinzio recorded a new album, Deportation Blues, released on Bella Union in summer 2018.

Christinizio performs as BC Camplight with a live band; in 2016, its composition was Mancunians Hattie Coombe (vocals), Stephen Mutch (bass), Jonno "Espranto" Prestbury (Guitar), Adam Dawson (drums) and Robbie Rush (keyboard/guitar). The BC Camplight live band, in 2018, consists of Christinzio (piano/vocals) and Luke Barton (vocals/synth/guitar), Stephen Mutch (bass), Adam Dawson (drums) and Francesca Pidgeon (vocals/synth/percussion/saxophone).


Hide, Run Away (One Little Indian, 2005)[edit]

  1. "Couldn't You Tell" 3:24
  2. "Blood and Peanut Butter" 3:54
  3. "Emily's Dead to Me" 1:57
  4. "Hide Runaway" 5:19
  5. "Wouldn't Mind The Sunshine" 4:28
  6. "Parapaleejo" 3:17
  7. "Oranges In Winter" 4:36
  8. "If You Think I Don't Mean It" 2:01
  9. "La La La" 4:38
  10. "Richard Dawson" 3:26
  11. "Sleep With Your Lights On" 4:23

Blink of a Nihilist (One Little Indian, 2007)[edit]

  1. "Suffer For Two" 2:57
  2. "Lord, I've Been On Fire" 3:45
  3. "Werewolf Waltz" 1:22
  4. "Forget About Your Bones" 2:57
  5. "Say Tonto!" 4:06
  6. "The Hip And The Homeless" 3:45
  7. "The 22 Skidoo" 3:34
  8. "Officer Down" 3:44
  9. "Grey Young Amelia" 5:20
  10. "I've Got A Bad Cold" 2:04
  11. "Scare Me Sweetly" 4:46

How to Die in the North (Bella Union, 2015)[edit]

  1. "You Should've Gone to School" 4:29
  2. "Love Isn't Anybody's Fault" 3:09
  3. "Just Because I Love You" 5:13
  4. "Grim Cinema" 3:55
  5. "Good Morning Headache" 5:31
  6. "Thieves in Antigua" 4:07
  7. "Atom Bomb" 4:47
  8. "Lay Me on the Floor" 5:52
  9. "Why Doesn't Anybody Fall in Love Anymore" 3:32

Deportation Blues (Bella Union, 2018)[edit]

  1. “Deportation Blues” 4:44
  2. “I'm In a Weird Place Now” 4:32
  3. “Hell or Pennsylvania” 4:29
  4. “I'm Desperate” 4:09
  5. “When I Think of My Dog” 4:12
  6. “Am I Dead Yet?” 5:26
  7. “Midnight Ease” 4:58
  8. “Fire in England” 3:44
  9. “Until You Kiss Me” 3:03


  1. ^ a b David Sue (5 April 2013). "Brian Christinzio: Manchester saved my life". Manchester Evening News.
  2. ^ Berick, Michael. "Review: Hide, Run Away". Allmusic. Retrieved 26 October 2010.
  3. ^ Simon Jay Catling (9 January 2015). "Heart of a Wrestler: BC Camplight Interviewed". The Skinny.
  4. ^ a b c Tim Jonze (18 May 2015). "BC Camplight: 'I can't overstate how bad my life had gotten'". The Guardian.
  5. ^ "NewsTalk Podcasts - The Tom Dunne Show - Interview BC Camplight". 12 October 2015.
  6. ^ John Freeman (10 February 2015). "The Homecoming King: An Interview With BC Camplight". The Quietus.
  7. ^ DeLuca, Dan. "Philadelphia's BC Camplight makes it in Manchester, new album 'How To Die In The North' on the way". Philly.com. Retrieved 26 October 2014.
  8. ^ Patrick Rapa (3 June 2015). "On the verge of a comeback, Manchester rocker B.C. Camplight finds himself stuck in Philly once again". Philadelphia Citypaper. Archived from the original on 2015-10-03.

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