The Band Camino seizes 2021 as the year of their grand Chicago tour

That sound of an engine running that you hear is the sound of The Band Camino.

The pop-rock trio named after a muscle car are set to become a star, with a self-titled debut album released earlier this month and a first fall tour for Dan + Shay that will take them to the United Center. Chicago Saturday, October 2.

“We’ve always said the goal is to be the greatest band in the world,” says Jeffery Jordan, who plays guitar and sings. “Here we are.”

Camino has been around for five years, producing popular singles and the formidable EP “Tryhard” which showcases their propulsive and catchy mix of rock and pop with confessional lyrics and a devious sense of humor. Jordan calls this a “melting pot of sounds”.

“A fan once introduced us as a genuine rock band,” says Garrison Burgess, the drummer who recently played bass. “I know it’s not a graphic anywhere, but it should be.”

Songs like “2/14”, “See Through” and “Daphne Blue” helped Billboard magazine dub them “rock’s next big thing.” Taylor Swift included the band’s “Berenstein” on her “Songs I’m Loving Right Now” playlist in 2018.

Signed at Elektra Records, the 14-track debut feature shows more of the band’s lineup, from the rock-ready “1 Last Cigarette” to the mid-tempo sound “Look Up” and the sweet pessimistic “Sorry Mom.” They take leisurely strolls and can kind of get the crowds singing “Everyone dies anyway!”

“We’re not a one-trick pony. We want to be able to do and say whatever we want and sound like we want to sound like we do,” says Spencer Stewart, who also sings and plays guitar. . .

“I think one of our strengths is that no matter what we do and no matter what genre a song is in, you can always tell it’s us.”

Jordan and Stewart first met at the University of Memphis, initially performing covers of songs by bands like Kings of Leon, Coldplay and The Killers. Burgess joined the group in 2018 after Jeffery and Spencer moved to Nashville, Tennessee.

The name of the group came a bit at random: the founding members couldn’t comment on a list of possible names when they saw a Chevrolet El Camino. They liked that “camino” means “path” or “path” in Spanish and that the word “group” is in the title.

“We kind of feel like we’re trying to bring the groups back a bit,” Jordan said. “It’s so easy right now to do a song in your bedroom, on your laptop, on your own. The collaboration aspect isn’t dead or anything, but definitely seems a bit rare. . “

The trio recorded the entire album during a month-long stay in the middle of the desert at the Sonic Ranch in Tornillo, Texas. A month to record an album was a luxury offered only because of the pandemic.

“It’s hard to say COVID was a good thing because it wasn’t. But the thing it allowed us to do in preparation for our record was give ourselves time, which we didn’t. normally don’t have much, ”Burgess says. “No one makes records like that anymore.”

The group intended to record their debut between spring and fall tours in 2020, but the pandemic has left that process unhurried and organic.

“It would have been a different album because we wrote so many songs in our forties that ended up replacing songs we already had,” Jordan said. “These new songs are like who we are right now.”

In a twist, the band that played covers of Coldplay’s “Yellow” now has a line on how far they’ve come in the explosive song “Know It All” – “You love the color yellow but you hate the song.”

The Camino Band may be on the cusp of some big things, but its members are remarkably cold about the process, from their national television debut this year on “Jimmy Kimmel Live” to Lollaplooza in 2019. They also won a coveted spot at Bonnaroo this year, but heavy rains canceled the festival.

“We’ve always thought of ourselves as a group that took things step by step. I don’t think we’ve ever woken up one day and said to ourselves, ‘We made it! “says Stewart.

“We like to think that we put it in all the work and it’s worth a lot more in the end because you feel like you deserve it.”

The Camino group

Opening for Dan + Shay

When: 7 p.m. Saturday, October 2

Where: United Center, 1901 W. Madison St., Chicago

Tickets: from $ 39.50 on

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