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THE CAMELS
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The Camels
The Camels were born in Sydney, Australia in the year 1999, when brothers Jamie & Tim and their good mate Matt found Dave, the man to fit the profile needed to round out the band. He had a car. A few years were spent doing the rounds in the Sydney pub circuit, constantly rehearsing, drinking lots of beer together & refining the camel sound before recording their debut album with Tim Powles (The Church). Things started to hot up when they started scoring high profile support for the likes of Jet & Electric Six. With national radio network Triple J putting four tracks from their 2004 debut "All You Ever Needed" on high rotation, it was time for The Camels to tell their boss that they wouldn't be coming to work tomorrow, or the next day, or ever again. A few support slots on national tours with Aussie favourites Grinspoon & Spiderbait gave the boys a chance to work out who sits in the front and who sits in the back of the van, before they rounded out the year with a spot on the annual Homebake festival in Sydney & playing to a packed tent of Camelmaniacs. 2005 sent the boys all over the country on "The Camels' Coastal Surfari", presented by Quiksilver & Triple J. They played over 60 headline shows in just four months and built up a healthy national following along the way. When they hit the covers of the street press in Sydney & Adelaide, the crowds swelled. Soon The Camels were having trouble keeping their I'VE BEEN A BAD BAD PUPPYDOG t-shirts in stock from one gig to the next. Trying times such as running out of fuel driving through the desert in the middle of the night were easily forgotten behind highlights of playing support for their international heroes Cake & local heroes The Hoodoo Gurus. The dust hadn't even settled behind the tarago before The Camels were demoing new songs. In September 2005, the boys returned to the studio - this time with Lindsay Gravina (The Living End, Magic Dirt, Faker). With a hot new single on the way to radio, The Camels were then commissioned to provide songs for a documentary soundtrack & returned for another session with Gravina. Their new single 'On Top Of The World', a tribute to Sir Edmund Hillary, caught the attention of the Australian Himalayan Society and Jamie & Tim performed the song for an audience including Peter Hillary, Ed's son. The song also has seen The Camels pick up their first radio play outside Australia, with addition to some New Zealand radio stations. They rounded off a hectic year with the sixth annual "Camels By Candlelight", a crazy Christmas extravaganza that was a sell out before the doors even opened. 2006 saw the band recording several tracks specifically for the 'Bra Boys' documentary, with Jamie Holt writing 18 pieces for the original score.



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