The band has come a long way from their early years developing their guitar and banjo sound after college in Ohio. A long way, but not for years. Their recent performance at the Wiltern came from a well-developed ensemble.
Caamp was originally a duo, consisting of Taylor Meier and Evan Westfall. Matt Vinson then joined on bass.
Caamp opened his show energetically with “Just Wondering” and quickly followed with “Huckleberry Love”. The latter is a jammy dance song with a groove that rocked everyone, just like “No Sleep”.
Meier’s husky voice was evocative throughout, and he really hit his mark with “Autumn Leaves”.
As the story goes, once Vinson returned from Denmark and became the third member of Caamp, the trio wrote “On and On and On”. In concert, Meier put his guitar aside to focus on a compelling version of the song.
The slower pace of “So Long, Honey” revealed the group’s versatility, and it turned out to be the show’s first highlight.
The group’s roots were described in “Ohio,” which was quickly followed by the show’s second climax. “Peach Fuzz” has an addicting guitar reminiscent of Lou Reed, and the audience jumped. The second half of the song was bubbling with a booming guitar solo.
The encore and the show ended with “Going to the Country,” seeing Meier playing drums. Caamp has evolved beautifully from his early days of brawl.