Greg Camp is the former guitarist and backup vocalist for Smash Mouth. He also wrote the majority of their songs, including the hits, "All Star", "Then The Morning Comes", "Holiday in My Head", as well as many others. Love them or hate them, the band produced many catchy pop hits, some of which have been in many popular kid's movies. However, earlier this year, Greg decided to leave Smash Mouth and go it alone – his new CD, Defektor (released on September 9th, 2008), shows that he brought some of the Smash Mouth catchy pop sound along with him.
Defektor is a cross between surf punk, spaghetti western, new wave, rock, and pop – and Greg pulls it off very well. It starts off with an instrumental "Introduktion" which sets the scene for the tracks which follow. The introduction track quickly moves into a surf/new wave song, "The Maid", which is about a hotel maid with "sticky-fingers" and the problems she causes for the hotel goers. This song has a catchy synthy guitar riff which follows throughout the song – it really works well to get stuck in your head, even after the song is over.
"Cat's Game", is the first single off the CD, and it sounds like it could be a throwback to new ways 80's bands like New Order and Joy Division. Images of shoegazing performers come to mind when listening to this song, and since it was inspired by a never made film set in the early 80's, that could be the reason!
The next song starts off like a banjo pickin' country song, but with a title like "Zombies on Parade", and when the spacey keyboards kick in – it's obvious that it's not meant as such. It seems to be about celebrities and what happens after they "hit the big time" and lose who they used to be.
The song that follows, "Gina Marie", is a song Greg wrote about his wife of the same name. It's a rock/pop song about how there needs to be a song called "Gina Marie" – and Greg now has written it. Yes, Greg seems to write about whatever comes to his mind, and these songs show that he's got plenty to share – I'm sure this is only the tip of the iceberg. Greg shows that he has more to give with his two side projects, Gina Marie with his aforementioned wife, and the other is The Maids Of Honor where the entire band dons wrestling masks.
As stated earlier, many of these songs could have been easily released on a Smash Mouth album, but don't let that scare you from listening! Greg has shown that he is trying to escape the catchy pop mold that Smash Mouth created in songs like "The Armageddon Slide" where he manages to drop the f-bomb, something you might not hear his former band do on a recent album! The song still retains a catchy hook, starts off with a witch's cackle and includes a hip hop beat that makes you want to dance.
Other standout hits on this CD are: "Wanna Go For A Ride", "Beautiful Disaster", "Baby Please Don't Go", and "This is Good, Right?" All have a sound which leaves you thinking you've heard these songs before – on a Smash Mouth album.
Defektor finishes like it started, this time with a rockabilly/surf punk instrumental, "Defektor." I could almost imagine the credits rolling as this song was playing – maybe this CD was written with a fictional movie in mind? Overall, this is a great album with a pop/rock/surf/new wave sound – it's a definite listen for a Smash Mouth fan, and even for those who dislike Smash Mouth may enjoy this too!
Greg is currently slated to play the CMJ Music Marathon on October 22nd at Delancy Bar in New York, NY – He will also be playing two other dates in the area – Details on Greg Camp's Myspace page.
If you would like to know more about Greg Camp, I will be interviewing him on BounceRadio.net on Monday, October 20th as I co-host The Industry from 8pm-11pm ET. Feel free to listen and ask questions for Greg in the chatroom!
Defektor Track Listing:
Zombies On Parade
Wanna Go For A Ride
Armadeddon Song, The
Baby Please Don`t Go
Rot With You