Nick Lauve will be the first to tell you he’s indecisive.
The 22-year-old singer/guitarist of the Baton Rouge punk band Camp Life said he has trouble deciding what to eat for dinner, much less how to finish writing a song.
But boredom and a little push from his friend, drummer Chris Bryant, 22, go a long way.
The band will celebrate with a house show at 10 p.m. Saturday. For information on the show, visit facebook.com/camplifeband.
The EP features an emo-punk sound reminiscent of Joyce Manor and early blink-182. Camp Life writes relentlessly catchy tunes that are over in a flash. The longest song clocks in at a little over 2 minutes.
“That’s because I had no idea how to write music,” Lauve said of the song lengths. “I thought it was cool without the intro or a break. Then, the song is done.”
This lack of songwriting experience is a bonus, whether Lauve knows it or not, but it also points to how the band was formed.
After years of playing bass in the ska band Squirt Gun Warriors, Lauve left to focus architecture at LSU. Once the difficulty of school died down, he found himself writing a few guitar riffs but never finishing them.
“Honestly, I was playing guitar, and Chris [Bryant] came home and was like, ‘Hey, let’s make that a song,’?” Lauve said. “I had never really done that emo stuff. I had always kind of started writing stuff and never finished it. Chris was the part that was like, ‘Let’s finish that.’ He has always been that part.”
Once the band formed and played a handful of gigs, Bryant left for Scotland for six months. When he returned, Lauve went to Washington, D.C. Both trips were part of LSU exchange programs.
Camp Life had to stay dormant for a year.
“It was frustrating, because we had these demos,” Lauve said. “We thought they were great. But, with anything over time, you listen to them, and it’s like, ‘Man, I hate these now.’ I had to listen and stew on them for a year.”
As soon as the school trips were over, the band reunited and started work on its EP. Lauve and Bryant brought in more friends — bassist/guitarist Joel Paramore, of Lafayette, and bassist Jack Flynn and guitarist Keiton Smith, of Baton Rouge — and filled out the band’s sound.
There is more form and length to the songs as the band is now writing as a unit.
Don’t expect the band to get too serious, though.
“Someone described our band as ‘a screaming match with your latest love interest,’” Lauve said.
“When I saw that, I pointed two fingers at it and said, ‘All right.’?”
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