Caamp's new album, Lavender Days was written in the aftermath of a period of loss and heartache suffered by frontman Taylor Meier.
A great love, a great dog, his livelihood, his sanity…all gone in the same period when touring and every bit of human interaction was taken from him and the rest of the world. It was a humbling experience, and one that placed him firmly back in the spot that Caamp so often writes about - his Midwestern home and the life he lives there in the state of Ohio. It’s the romanticism that Caamp approaches that simple life with that speaks to their volume of fans and is even further ruminated on in Lavender Days. It’s about the in between days - the small pleasures and the forgotten disappointments.
They sound as assured and as vulnerable as ever on first single, “Believe,” a rousing declaration of devotion with Caamp’s signature harmonies and lead-singer Taylor Meier’s well-worn vocals at the center. “‘I believe in you baby’ - a mantra for yourself and for the world,” says Meier. “It’s about sticking through the tough and heading for the sun."
Lavender Days was produced by Caamp and Beatriz Artola (Fleet Foxes, Adele, Sharon Van Etten) with additional production by Brad Cook (Snail Mail, Waxahatchee, Indigo De Souza). Initial recording took place at Sylvan Esso’s studio just outside of Durham, NC beginning in February of 2021, where together Caamp and Cook workshopped the songs and began principal tracking, bringing in friends like Nathaniel Rateliff and Waxahatchee’s Katie Crutchfield to contribute vocals. When it was time to finish the record, the boys headed home to Columbus, OH to wrap it up with help from Artola, the way they always have, in their humble home studio - just them and their instruments, in their hometown.
Caamp formed when Taylor Meier and Evan Westfall met and bonded over a shared love of music and a shared love of home, specifically the inspiration they culled from the Midwest lives they grew up in. The two began writing and performing and quickly grew a rabid fan base. As their self-titled 2016 debut album took flight, Evan and Taylor brought on a third member and longtime friend, Matt Vinson, to join on bass just before recording By And By. By And By entered the Billboard Top 200, was the No.1 Heatseeker, No.1 on the New Artist Alternative Albums, Top five vinyl album sales for the week and entered the Alternative and Emerging Artist charts. Caamp then scored their first No.1 at radio with their single “Peach Fuzz,” made their late night television debut on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, and followed that up with a killer performance on CBS This Morning Saturday.