One of New York rock 'n' roll's most mysterious and creative characters unleashes a new theatrical project on 92YTribeca.
Indie rock raconteur Chris Campion's new EP, The Saloon Singer, is an eclectic blend of catchy indie rock anthems, Pogues-y Irish folk dirges and tuneful mid-tempo compositions reminiscent of mid-sixties Dylan. The record is richly layered with harmonies and countermelodies, chopped up choral arrangements, upside down rhythms and textured whimsically with sprinkles of electronica by producer and brother, Vic Thrill (a.k.a. Billy Campion of Vic Thrill and The Bogmen). The album features sounds from the Congo to the Caribbean to the center of the Earth, all swirling around Campion’s raucous reedy voice and rhapsodic lyrics. The result is an adventurous work of sonic and poetic party art.
In the summer of 2007 Chris Campion, lead singer of popular New York City power-twang outfit, Knockout Drops, decided to switch lanes in his career. Wanting more from his usual frontman duties and tired of relentless van touring, Campion decided to expand on his creative output by writing and starring in a music-monologue-multimedia driven theater piece called, Escape From Bellevue. The show was a breakout hit, running all summer long at the 300-seat Village Theater in NYC (now Le Poisson Rouge) and prompting The New York Times to praise it by writing, “Check your straight jacket at the door and GET READY TO ROCK!!!” The autobiographical monologues led to a book deal with Penguin/Gotham Books. In March of 2009, Escape From Bellevue: A Dive Bar Odyssey came out in hardcover to critical raves by Publisher’s Weekly, Booklist and many others—the success of which was followed by a paperback edition in 2010.
Happily back to his day job behind the microphone (or night job, as such) Chris will now be /romoting his new solo EP, The Saloon Singer, with tri-state area appearances, workshopping new material for his next blitz of the senses rock-n-roll theatrical concoction (also entitled The Saloon Singer) slated for a run in New York City in the fall of 2013. Ever portable, Campion plans on bringing his Saloon Singer show to festival side stages in the summer of 2014. Like its predecessor, Bellevue, there are plans to develop the autobiographical Saloon Singer stage show into a memoir of the same name.
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