There are more than thirty places in America called Bristol, but only one in the United Kingdom. Praise be then, that our one city in the good old SW of E has produced the smooth sound of Langkamer‘s Americana. Say ‘country rock’ in some parts of Bristol and you’re more likely to get a geologist over-excited thinking about the formation of The Cotswolds. All the better that we have this quartet to evoke the Woodstock vibes for those who really know what’s what.
When asked about how the band has been getting on recently, Josh Jarman told us, “Even before the pandemic, 2020 had been a mad year for us. A variety of stumbling blocks to try and overcome. Things were really looking up, with a tour across Belgium and France in the pipeline and a bunch of cool festivals on the cards. Who knows what the future looks like now, though. Will we ever be allowed to have band practice again? Lord, let’s hope so.”
See Langkamer perform ‘Up Shit Creek’ live in session here:
Josh Jarman and Dan Anthony chose five songs that have been influential in the development of their sound:
The Band – The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down
Josh: I was reared on a lot of old Americana and did the classic thing of renouncing it as a rebellious teenager, then coming back to it in my 20s and realising how much I really loved it. This song is the apex of that for me. It is just absolutely masterful songwriting.
Dan: Comparatively, it wasn’t until my early 20s that the Americana bug struck. But I watched The Last Waltz a few years ago and everything clicked. However, it’s the way Scorsese really captured the understated mystique of the 70s road band that really got me hooked.
Buck Meek – Cannonball!
Josh: There’s so much to love about this song. It’s got this catawampus cadence to it that I just can’t get enough of. Buck and his band are so good at subverting your expectations. It feels like they take these great country songs and then chop them up and make collages of them.
Sam Evian – Country
Dan: Sam, throughout both his albums, has this wonderful way of meshing timbres and rhythms you’d never instinctively put together yourself. At heart, there’s a real barn dance feeling to ‘Country’, yet every now and again, these reverb-drenched Gerry Rafferty guitars just light up the track.
Big Thief – NPR Tiny Desk Session
Josh: I’ve watched this NPR session so many times that YouTube has decided it’s all I ever want to watch, and it autoplays after every video.
Dan: Except the bloody cameraman didn’t capture what Buck plays on the solo in ‘Masterpiece’. To be fair he does wave around a lot.
Josh: Are we being cheeky by choosing a video that is actually three different tracks?
Nap Eyes – Delirium and Persecution Paranoia
Josh: Hands down one of the most underrated bands of all time. I’m calling it. The songs are so rich and complex. They’re like riddles. You can listen to them over and over again; it feels like you’re trying to solve a puzzle.
Dan: I would also like to express my fondness for that particular band.
Featured Image by Josh Turner