Supergroup is defined by Wikipedia as "a rarely used term in mathematics". The online encyclopedia also points out the term can refer to "a music group formed by artists who are already notable or respected in their fields".
If we do the math, Camp Radio certainly fits the bill.
Singer/guitarist Chris Page grew up in Glengarry, Ontario fronting a certain garage rock outfit. The young punks mounted seven national tours while releasing scads of 7-inches, LPs and CDs throughout the 90s.
Chris later moved to Ottawa, playing solo as The Glen Nevous Retraction, before getting cozy with his own name in 2003. Kelp Records proudly released "Decide to Stay and Swim" that year and before long, Page itched for bandmates again. Old pals Dave Draves and Scott Terry answered the call.
Camp Radio was formed in early 2005.
Since 1994, Draves has operated Ottawa’s 2-inch tape haven Little Bullhorn Prods, producing masterful works by artists such as the Wooden Stars, Julie Doiron, Gentleman Reg, Kathleen Edwards and Howe Gelb.
Draves’ name is synonymous with musicmaking in the Capital, and he is a pretty impressive bassist too. Taking cues from Jason Loewenstein‘s days in Sebadoh, Draves raw tone ignites all over Camp Radio records.
Camp Radio drummer tour de force Scott Terry is the busiest Ottawan in rock, splitting his time between the Fucking Machines, Flecton & the Dreamcatchers, the Banditas, Andrew Vincent & the Pirates, and others we’re probably missing. Last we heard, he was starting up at least two others.
He is a tireless drummer, guitarist, and screecher, and brings a bundle of energy and beard hair to the Socialista!
Campista Socialista is the band’s painfully long awaited follow up to 2006′s brilliant album, simply titled ‘Camp Radio’. Criminally under promoted, the few fans and critics who nabbed those initial copies, became instantly enthralled with the band’s fresh take on their melodic, power pop craft. And they’ve all pined for more.
We’re here to tell you Campista Socialista raises the bar.
Guitar driven power pop in spades (think melodic Husker Du and Dinosaur Jr) with an over abundance of rich vocal harmonies (think New Pornographers and REM), each song takes the listener in a different direction.