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Stream: Camper Van Beethoven’s new album El Camino Real

on May 27, 2014, 1:00pm

Camper Van Beethoven will release its ninth studio album, El Camino Real, on June 3rd via 429 Records. In anticipation, it’s streaming in full below.

Spanning 11 tracks, El Camino Real is the band’s third LP since reuniting in the early 2000s and is described as the “companion” to last year’s La Costa Perdida. The band self-produced El Camino Real and recorded in various studios and band members’ living rooms across California.

Despite forming in the heyday of the Southern California punk scene, Camper Van Beethoven instantly set itself apart by infusing the early ’80s hardcore sound with bits of pop, ska, blues, Norteño music, and even European folk. With El Camino Real, they continue their genre-defying ways, making use of every tool in their musical bag to near-lethal efficiency.

(Read: Dissected: Camper Van Beethoven)

According to a press release, “Whereas La Costa Perdida reflects the northern California ‘back to the country’ side of the band with lush and trippy references to Jack Kerouac, Richard Brautigan, The Beach Boys and ‘Big Sur’, the songs on El Camino Real are firmly rooted in a grittier earth. One that lies beneath the southern half of the state and stretches all the way down to Baja California.”

Said frontman David Lowery, “The best way to look at the new album is to draw a contrast between the two. On La Costa Perdida the ocean is calm, benevolent and feminine; on El Camino Real, the sea is filled with darkness, secrets and chemicals.”

Pre-orders for the album are ongoing.

El Camino Real Tracklist:
01. The Ultimate Solution
02. It Was Like That When We Got Here
03. Classy Dames and Able Gents
04. Camp Pendleton
05. Dockweiler Beach
06. Sugartown
07. I Live in LA
08. Out Like a Lion
09. Goldbase
10. Darken Your Door
11. Grasshopper


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Chilli Chilleye
May 30, 2014 at 12:59 pm

Thank you for streaming this beautiful album, i am so excited for new CVB and truly loving each and every track!!

May 29, 2014 at 8:45 am

El camino real?!?!??!? Thats an Awesome LP of ANOTHER REAL GREAT BAND! check….Todos tus muertos “El camino Real”
Camper Van burglars …

Wayne Colodny
May 28, 2014 at 7:41 pm

this band has never failed to please me, a long track record indeed. Thanks

May 28, 2014 at 1:01 pm

Fancy… now tour Ohio!

May 28, 2014 at 2:09 am

Sounds beautiful.

May 27, 2014 at 9:25 pm

you guys kick ass thanks for the music

May 27, 2014 at 2:41 pm

Excellent new record. Can’t wait to get mine. Thanks for the stream.

Jonathan Segel
May 27, 2014 at 1:58 pm

Reblogged this on Jonathan Segel and commented:
New Camper Van Beethoven album, it’s out next week. In the US, anyway. One day our record company will get our records out in Sweden.

May 27, 2014 at 1:56 pm

Reblogged this on afzz1 and commented:
Awesome a new album from CVB


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