We are very proud to be premiering the new track from BC Camplight ‘Fire In England’. BC ‘Brian Chtistinzino’ Camplight has had a tough few years, dealing with deportation, Brexit and more, but BC is now back where he belongs – making brilliant music.
In early 2015, after years of tackling addiction as well as more personal issues, BC Camplight released the critically acclaimed album How To Die In The North. It was a triumph of songwriting and the accurate depiction of himself as an American now living in Manchester.
So imagine his mood when he immediately fell foul of UK immigration: “I’d had such high hopes for the album, and I was told I was being deported two days after it came out, and banned from the UK. The next thing I know, I’m playing Pac Man in my parents’ basement in New Jersey, thinking, ‘this is my life now.’”
But thanks to his Grandparents, and with a lot of time and money spent, he gained Italian citizenship and began to work again. “after a year and a half I could finally shove my Italian papers in their faces at the airport and return to sunny Manchester. The thing is, despite being American, I feel Mancunian, and I couldn’t think about making another record, until I got back.”
But then… “Brexit happened, like a day after I got back. Can I get a f*cking break here, please?” By the time he’d caught his breath, Christinzio realised, “I didn’t feel any better, I had so much anger, I felt destroyed. The demons were back and had lost me friends, I’d drunk too much, and I felt nothing but dread and disease. I thought, I can’t wait to hear what this next album is going to sound like.”
This massive change of circumstance for Brian may have delayed some work, it may have really fucking pissed him off (as you’d expect), and jeopardised a lot, but it has birthed one good thing. A brand new, and pretty damn good, new album Deportation Blues. Out on August 24th via Bella Union.
“You shouldn’t have a tough time finding the angle to Deportation Blues,” claims Brian. “The past few years have been a f*cking nightmare.”
Having already shared the title track we now turn our attention to his new song, premiering on Far Out Magazine, ‘Fire In England’ – a love letter to a certain someone.
Brian told us “Following my ban from the UK I was sat in my parents living room going through all my deportation papers. I came across my official removal notice signed by the then Home Secretary. I wanted to write a little something back to her. So….. Its a love letter to a strong and stable lady who puts the ‘style’ in ‘hostile environment’.”
Another champion effort from BC means that this album is due to be another barnstormer. Take some time to find tour dates below.