AAfter nearly selling out the first leg of their headlining tour, pop-rock trio The Band Camino are back on the road for the second leg of The Way of the Tourwhich includes a June 10 stop at the Royal Oak Music Theatre.
Joining them on their second cross-country tour are Canadian singer-songwriter Lauren Isenberg, known onstage as “The Reinforcer,” and pop-punk band Games We Play.
The Band Camino was conceptualized on the University of Memphis campus in 2015 by vocalists and guitarists Jeffery Jordan and Spencer Stewart. The pair moved to Nashville to pursue their music careers in 2018. There they met drummer Garrison Burgess, immediately adding him to the band’s roster.
Considered “the next big thing in rock” by Billboard and an “act of escape” by Grammy.comThe Band Camino’s discography features a unique pop-rock sound that blends funky synths, catchy guitar riffs and poetic lyrics, featured on their 2019 EP, make an effort. The trio’s long-awaited self-titled debut album, released in September 2021, has garnered acclaim from the media, including alternative press, Peopleand American songwriter.
Ahead of their local show, the three musicians discuss their favorite songs, songwriting processes, musical instruments, and more.
Detroit Time: Your self-titled debut album was released in 2021. You became a band almost seven years ago. How does it feel to have finally released a full album?
Burgess Garrison: Very very good.
Jeffrey Jordan: It’s been a long time coming. We’ve released a lot of music over the years. The make an effort EP was technically on Spotify under albums because it had eight songs, but there were only four or five new songs. “Daphne [Blue]“, “See Through” and “What I Want” had already been released for a long time. It happened at an interesting time because it was right when COVID was hitting, when we were already planning to leave to do our album. We had to cancel two tours which sucked but we were able to make the best of the as****y situation. We stayed in a studio for over a month in El Paso in the desert and tried to do something that would really feel like it was our baby – our first album.
What does the songwriting process look like? Do you focus on lyrics first or do you focus on instrumentals?
Spencer Stewart: It depends on the song, who you’re with, what your week was like that week. We’ve done it in every way you can imagine. We started with a melody, a random voice note, a pair of words. You need to find inspiration wherever you can find it.
NOT A WORD : The more you do it the same way, the more inspiration you lose, so we try to keep it fresh. If we started with lyrics yesterday, we try to start with just a synth part today. We can attack it from a different angle.
Do each of you focus on a certain element of a song when you’re writing?
NOT A WORD : It’s pretty equal. There are scriptures where one of us will be the quarterback of the lyrics or one of us will be the quarterback of a certain game. Obviously, Garrison is the quarterback for drums and many other instruments as he plays the most instruments among all. If it makes noise, it can pretty much make it sound good. It’s everywhere. It’s a real collaboration on all fronts, so it’s kind of fun.
Garrison, since you are master of all the instruments, what is the most obscure instrument you know how to play?
GB: It’s not so dark, but the darkest [instrument] I can actually play is probably a ukulele. I wish I could play accordion or saxophone or something, but I can’t get my hands on it to practice. Can we get a saxophone for the band?
NOT A WORD : Did you play horns or anything in high school or college? I played the French horn for a few years.
GB: I went into the trumpet for a hot second, but fell pretty quickly.
SS: I was into the cello, so maybe we should just do a whole concerto.
Garrison: It would be crazy to have a full orchestra in our band.
Do you each have a song from the new album that you feel personally attached to?
GB: “Who do you think you are.” He has one of those things. Being in a band is really cool, because just because you write certain lyrics doesn’t mean the lyrics you write will be your favorite. Both [Jeffery and Spencer] are amazing songwriters and bring a lot of ideas to the table that I would never even be able to put into words. It’s one of my favorites on the record. This is a message that is very close to my heart.
NOT A WORD : I would probably say “Roses” right now. The energy is really fun, so I would say “Roses” or “Look Up”.
SS: I was going to say, “Look up.” It was a really fun song to write. That one and “I think I love you” is the one I’ve always really liked. It might be the oldest on the record, oddly, but it was one of those songs that, as soon as it was written, just brought a different energy. I like to write songs that extend what people expect of us, and that’s come out of left field.
You collaborated with singer Chelsea Cutler on the song “Crying Over You” and Swedish music duo NOTD on “Never a Good Time.” Is there anyone else you would like to collaborate with in the future?
NOT A WORD : We always say [singer-songwriter and producer] Jon Bellion and Post Malone when we receive this question. Jon Bellion – we are all huge fans of his artist project. He’s been behind so many massive songs lately. Even if we couldn’t collaborate on a feature or anything, just being able to write with him would be really cool. He has the melodies.
You recently started the second round of The Way of the Tour. Was the second leg planned or was it added only in response to the high attendance of the first leg?
NOT A WORD : A bit of both. When we put that [first leg of] tour for sale, our album had just been released a few months before. We hadn’t toured with COVID in two and a half years. We were hoping to do another leg, but we were going to see how it sold. Then every show in the first leg sold out. We could kind of see that we were going in that direction, so we put stage two up for sale. The second stage concerns the B markets, cities in which we have not played much.
I believe this is also your first headliner in the Detroit area.
NOT A WORD : I think the last time we were in Detroit was in 2018, with [the band] Dangerous summer. I don’t think we ever made headlines in Detroit.
Do you research the food or sights in the cities before you visit?
NOT A WORD : A little. We try to find some local food, a cool place to hang out after the show, maybe, if we feel like it. Our tour manager, Brad, is from Detroit so he’s willing to have us there so he can take us to his spots.
GB: Everyone now has a few cities with lots of good suggestions, which is good. You don’t get bored on the road anymore. Find good food. Do fun things if we have time. It’s cool.
NOT A WORD : We are sixteen in our tour group. We have a massive group text. Between the whole team, there is a lot of research going on, I think.
Are there any spots in Detroit that you’ve discovered or that were recommended by Brad?
SS: Last time we were there we went to StockX headquarters which was really cool. It was really doping. They have a big basketball court – half court – in their offices, which is sick.
Hope you can explore much of the city while you are here.
SS: Do you have any suggestions?
I always recommend the People Mover – it’s a surface transit system that takes you into downtown Detroit.
SS: The People Mover!
NOT A WORD : Yes, we will try to check!
Catch The Band Camino at the Royal Oak Music Theater on June 10. Tickets start at $29.50 and can be purchased at axs.com.