Welcome to the Beast

Welcome to the official online archive of material surrounding the release of Cameron McGill’s 2011 release,  Is A Beast. Released on April 12th, 2011, it’s Cameron’s 5th full-length release, following up 2009’s “Warm Songs For Cold Shoulders“.

Cameron McGill & What Army’s most recent album, Is A Beast, finds the band in exciting new territory after two years of solid touring and their most experimental lineup to date. The album was recorded this past winter in Milwaukee, WI. It follows their Sad Ambassador 7″ single (2010), Deserters EP (2010), Daytrotter Session (2010), Two Hits and A Miss EP (2009)—all released on Parasol including the full length recordings: Warm Songs For Cold Shoulders (2009), Hold On Beauty (2008), Street Ballads & Murderesques (2006), and Stories of The Knife and The Back (2004).

2010 saw McGill joining Margot & the Nuclear So and So’s to play keyboards and provide backing vocals. The year prior (2009) he was featured on full length recordings including Margot & The Nukes’ “Animal! Not Animal,” Rachael Yamagata‘s “ElephantsTeeth Sinking Into Heart,” and Cory Chisel and The Wandering Sons‘ “Cabin Ghosts” EP.

Cameron and the band are currently the subject of a documentary film which is in production. The crew has been following the band’s happenings, recordings, shows, etc. for nearly 3 years. McGill’s track, “Low Ways,” from 2009’s full-length “Warm Songs For Cold Shoulders” made an appearance in the feature film, Multiple Sarcasms (2010), as well as being featured in the movie’s main trailer alongside Wilco. The title track off of the bands’s 2008 record, “Hold On Beauty”, was featured in ABC’s TV series Men In Trees (2010).

Past touring and live performances include dates with Ben Kweller, Rachael Yamagata, The Autumn Defense, Ian McCulloch of Echo & The Bunnymen, Margot & The Nuclear So and So’s and appearances at Lollapalooza, SXSW, CMJ and Monolith festival at Red Rocks Amphitheater. The band has had press coverage in Paste and Performing Songwriter, as well as a host of prominent music blogs.

Cameron McGill & What Army start a tour of the midwest and east coast on July 7 and plan to tour throughout the remainder of 2011.

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