In fact it was Screamadelica - the record that turned many kids into clubbers - that sent them off on a journey through guitar driven music like My Bloody Valentine, Jesus and the Mary Chain et. al., and convinced Arge to learn the instrument himself. Arge and Pete moved to London, met bassist Barney Slater and set off on a slow journey of becoming Campag Velocet. Six drummers later they finally hooked up with Lascelles (his background in various soul groups including the Brand New Heavies! matched theirs perfectly) and perfected the blueprint.
After two singles, 'Drencrom [Velocet Synthemesc]' and 'Sauntry Sly Chic' for Fierce Panda / Rabid Badger Records, Campag announced their signature to PIAS Recordings with the brooding, groovy 'To Lose La Trek' and the release of their debut album 'Bon Chic Bon Genre' recorded with Paul Schroeder (who has recorded with Stone Roses among others). Frontman Pete Voss revealed the title of the record had been taken from an article in a French magazine about sado-masochism, he said: "The article was called 'Bon Chic Bon Genre' which means 'Good Look Good Style', which is what it's all about really". They mysteriously parted company with PIAS recordings but continued to work on new material described as "newly written righteous punk rock anthems". Campag previewed three new songs from the new order at the Highbury Garage late September 2000, including 'Me And A Foe' that ridiculed their contract(less) status.
The band decided to make the next album without the shackles of a record company. Studio time needed to record the new album was funded by a friend of Pete's and was produced by lengendary Primal Scream producer Brian O'Shaughnessy. They finally made their live comeback in September 2002 at the 333 Club in London. Campag Velocet split in March 2005.
Pete Voss continues to make music as The Count. Campag Velocet still have a Myspace site - http://www.myspace.com/campagvelocet Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply..
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