An indie/alt rock band championed by the late Kelvin Knight
CAMENS are a four piece indie/alternative rock band from Staffordshire. Formerly known as ‘LazeEye’ the band rebranded in 2016 to avoid confusion with an American band of the same name, and CAMENS was born, same line up, same energy, same passion, same killer tunes... only bigger and better!
As LazyEye the band released a string of singles independently and have supported The Enemy, The Bluetones and Mark Morris Respectively, John Power (Cast), Billy Lunn (The Subways), Johnny Brown (Twisted Wheel) The Sherlocks, Space and Delamere to name a few.
They have also appeared at several festivals across the country and have become a regular headliner of the mainstages of all of our local festivals such as The Lymelight Festival in Newcaslte Under Lym, The Alsager Music Festival in Alsager and this year we have been asked to headline Stoke-on-Trent's Your City festival... a large city wide festival organised in aid of our bid to become Britain’s city of culture for 2018.
All this momentum, growth and success in their local area led to us receiving an award last year for “Best Band” at the Staffordshire and South Cheshire music awards. An evening that received a great deal of attention as it brought together the best artists in the region from a variety of styles and genres. .
Friday the 14th of April was as much a poignant day for them as it was a celebratory one. Their debut single on Ugly Man Records was the first new music released by the band since the death of their former manager and champion Kelvin Knight. It has been some journey and uppermost in the bands mind will be their ex manager.
Kelvin was the drummer in 1980's John Peel Favourites Delta 5, one of the most influential bands of the time. A founding member, Delta 5 were credited with inspiring Kurt Cobain's music career. The Nirvana frontman's posthumous diaries revealed how Cobain was a huge fan of the 1970s post punk pioneers.
Kelvin was also instrumental in the development of many of the exciting acts that came out of the north of England in the 80's and 90's. In his later life, Kelvin built a stable of bands from all over the world whom he championed to his many friends and industry contacts. His beloved bands.
“Scott Powell is one of the most talented singer/songwriters we have in the UK”
– Kelvin Knight
'Boys Will Stray' is the first in a string of single releases that will showcase and share a philosophy and world view born out of the joys and challenges of everyday life. Not everybody enjoys the perfections of Instagram filtered heaven. This is chapter one in a manifesto for now.
Boys Will Stray will be exclusively launched on Rob Adcock’s BBC Radio Stoke’s Introducing show on April 8th, and released digitally on April 14th through Ugly Man Records, a label with a history of developing exciting new bands, such luminaries as Elbow, I Am Kloot and Black. This the first of 3 singles to be released over the next 6 months to recapture the momentum the band had gained on the run up to the Best Band Awards last year.