Seattle’s Campfire OK blend atmospheric indie pop, and lyrical vocals to create a sound that is distinctly their own, while still firmly rooted in their hometown’s tradition of musical experimentation and collaboration. Banjo, horns, acoustic guitar, dark psychedelia, and bursts of joyful sonic color weave in and out of their songs. The result is a sound that often builds like an impending thunderstorm, but is just as likely to evaporate into a blissful blue day.
Campfire OK began as the creation of songwriter Mychal Cohen (vocals/piano/guitar), who, in 2010, began recording what would become CFOK’s debut album, Strange Like We Are. Multi-instrumentalist Andrew Eckes (banjo/guitar/trumpet) joined in the recording process, and the album was released in February 2011. With live performances on the horizon, drummer Brandon Milner was called upon to help bring the songs from studio to stage. In 2012, former Harvey Danger bassist Aaron Huffman came into the mix, adding a layer of urgency to CFOK’s evolving sound along with Zarni De Wet on vocals and piano.
The band is currently gearing up for the release of their second album, When You Have Arrived, and will be promoting it on stages throughout the U.S. and Canada in the coming months.
CFOK fans have already erected a shrine to the lush, earthy soundscapes that make up the band’s live performances, and the media have taken notice. FencePost called CFOK “a musician’s favorite group of musicians,” while the Seattle Weekly declared:
“Campfire OK is one of those beautiful, restless entities that don’t stay in one place for too long, but still manage to write concise, focused songs. The band pushes the boundaries of the revival band stigma, incorporating subtle modern elements (synth swells and delay pedals) effortlessly atop the weathered antique frames of their songs” – Seattle Weekly