A cloudy sky devastated Madrid this Saturday, marking the beginning of the winter season. However, inside the MEEU building, an urban space for culture in Chamartín, there was a shower of numerous colored lights, vintage fabrics and artisan chocolates. The place has hosted a Slow Edition-themed design market, in which rock groups Camellos, Judeline and Mueveloreina have performed.
Camels is not a typical rock band. His character and his lyrics exude a punk from the 80’s “softened” and are dressed with touches of music. rock garage, pop and even indie. As Fernando Naval, one of their vocalists and guitar, explained to elDiario.es, the simile that links them with punk music comes directly from their admiration for this genre.
The words “madness”, “chaos” and “absurd”, according to Naval, characterize the way of being of this band garage emerging, which has not only managed to fill the event’s capacity Slow Edition of this Saturday, but has managed to make his fans vibrate again. “During the pandemic we have delayed many concerts or we have returned to half gas, with the audience seated. It is what he played, but you could see the frustration of the people from the stage, who wanted to dance and could not.”
The lively, although critical, lyrics of Camellos have danced this Saturday with their followers in one of the first concerts that the band has been able to perform with the public standing since the beginning of the pandemic. For Naval, his fans are the ones who truly “generate the party” of the concerts. “We really enjoy the live shows and it is thanks to the audience, the lyrics reach them, they motivate them and that makes for such a fun atmosphere. People live it”, explained the young artist.
His shameless songs are full of social criticism with a “dark and difficult” world that, for Naval, is not being fair to young people. “They have placed on us a responsibility that does not correspond to us. They have given us the idea that he who makes an effort triumphs and it is not true.” This music lover criticizes the culture of meritocracy and assures: “We are facing a situation in which some few are lucky, but most of us are not, and that generates a lot of frustration. ”
For Camellos, the pandemic has been “a jug of cold water”, since the paralysis of all actions came just as they began to take off. “We were in a very sweet moment where we were going to give around 45 shows between January and September, and instead it was six or seven.” Naval laments: “With the pandemic we went from touching professionalism with our fingers to everything being zero.”
Naval remembers with laughter that time a song of his came to be played on the television program The wheel of luck. “It was my grandmother who tipped me off and I thought it was incredible. I felt like I was reaching a larger audience.”
This Saturday Camels have once again made their Rice with things, one of the songs most valued and known by the public, according to the artist. “We like all our songs, but it is true that my favorites, for example, are not always the ones that people who follow us prefer. For me Temptations it is untouchable, and yet sometimes I notice that the public doesn’t particularly know it. ”
For Naval creating a song “has some magic” and is a process that they normally live collectively. “Someone proposes an idea they want to talk about and we go from there.” The vocalist remembers with special affection how it was the arrival to the world of Temptations, a song from the album Street forever, which was born to Naval from an impulse. “I composed it with the piano and suddenly I saw that it was already there, so round and complete in a moment. When a song comes out quickly it is something very special,” he explains.
The artist has been on stage since he was six years old, when he began to study music at the conservatory, however, a performance with Camellos in Cerdanyola del Vallés, in Catalonia, marked a before and after in his life. “For me it was a dream to play in a concert and for people to know the lyrics. When I experienced it for the first time it was such a strange sensation, I was attacked and I was like in shock, but with happiness” narrates the artist.
Camels has premiered at this Saturday’s concert SSounds good the second song on the album that they will present in March next year and with which they intend to once again gain a foothold in the music scene. “Sometimes they compare us with Carolina Durante, but that is still a long way off. They filled the Palacio de los Deportes and hopefully we will have that level of public,” says Naval.
Although he does not want to be negative with the current situation that Camellos is going through, Naval confesses that he does not foresee that for another year they will be “at the level they were before”. “I think that since almost all the artists have been without performing for practically two years, now that we can there is a mass of beastly concert offerings. In Granada, for example, there are practically two festivals a week” and he adds: “There are not so many people for all the concerts that are having “.
The pandemic slowed the growth of a gang that uses its “controlled chaos” to excite audiences. However, now, ending their last tour, even if it is “at half throttle”, its members do not foresee a future for them that is not related to the group. “The album that we are going to release is the best we have done so far.”
For Camels, making a living from music is still a dream to achieve and to hope to achieve. “Right now each one of us has a job, but we can’t afford to make a living from music, especially after COVID. In cultural jobs like music, if you don’t perform, you don’t get paid, and we’ve been unemployed for a long time.”
The band, formed by Frankie Ríos and Fernando Naval, as guitarists and vocalists, bassist Tommy Dewolfe and drummer Jorge Betrán, is based in Madrid, despite the fact that none of its members were born in the capital. “Only Frankie considers himself a ‘madraca’ because he grew up here, but they would have to validate his Madrid nationality now,” Naval explains with a laugh.
The vocalist defines the capital as the “most welcoming” city he has ever known and explains why the song was dedicated to him. Mallet: “In Madrid you don’t know anyone, but you go to a disco and they welcome you, in other places they see you as a freak. Mallet It is not a dedication to use because we talk about what we like and what we do not like, but we wanted to pay our little tribute to it. “For the singer” Madrid has the good, but it also has to eat an impressive traffic jam to go to work, and those two facets cannot be separated. ”