However, things didnt pan out, and 10 years later, Camacho is delivering his own brand of carefully crafted alternative rock. He still works with former bandmates, two of whom will support him at Luna Star Cafe on Friday, celebrating the release party of his fourth and latest effort, Beachfront Defeat. From the urgency of the single Marie to the infectious Cowboy Jim, Camachos signature allegiance to straightforward melodies is the backbone of Beachfront. But for Jim, crafting enjoyable, accessible tunes does not come at the expense of astute and poignant lyricism. That's demonstrated, for instance, by the smooth poetics found on Who Knows, a song which blends funny angst (I want to shave my head and go to bed
I want to dress up like my mom and walk around town and then Ill be alright) with a subtle anxiety about self-preservation and the future.
Fri., July 3, 9 p.m., 2009