This is what Cam Penner had to say recently when talking about the origins of ‘To Build a Fire’, his new album.
I love my daughter. She is more rock n roll than anyone I know. She yells, screams, jumps off stuff that will definitely hurt her. She turns the hi-fi to ten and dances in front of the speakers. She openly defies me every day and hour. She basically is selfish and I love her to f*n death. She rules my world and her beauty literally brings me to my knees.
My daughter is sixteen months old. Yup that young that I still count her age in months. Me? I’m almost four hundred and eighty months old. I know you’re doing the math, I don’t care.
When I put her to bed, I read to her, I hold her in my arms and sing to her (every night that I’m not on the road singing to you).
Anyways, I’m holding her one night in my arms, singing to her and these words start coming out of my mouth, “I’ve got to know that you’ll make it through the night, make it through the day, make it out alive, that you’ll always have water running down the mountain side, always have shelter and know to build a fire.”
And that’s where this album started.
It’s a rallying call. I want it to reach out grab people by the collar, shake them and pull them in and embrace them.
Jon and I recorded this video a week ago, and just like the album we didn’t sit on it for months and make sure that everything looked and sounded perfect. We don’t have time for that sh**, we’re too many months old for that.
This is us performing and putting our emotion and energy into a song and sound we believe in. It’s immediate, honest and most importantly, it’s Rock n’ Roll…..just like my daughter. Loud, defiant and abrasive.
Here is Cam Penner & Jon Wood Performing the title track off their new album ‘To Build a Fire’