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Lowery’s political leanings belie his Santa Cruz days, though he says the fan base for Camper/Cracker isn’t entirely lefty. “There’s a good number of libertarian anarchists, too. Because we’re anti-authoritarian, we appeal to both sides.”
In 2005, the bands began hosting an annual three-night concert/campout at Pappy and Harriet’s Pioneertown Palace. This community, Lowery reckons, sports only a small overlap who are fans of both groups. Many hip to Cracker’s hits, he says, only have a vague notion of the “narco-syndicalist collective” that is Camper.
New music is sure to come, Lowery promises. “I don’t know about records,” he says. “It may suit our strengths better to release 4 to 5 songs at a time. Or just one long, dope-smoker jam.”
Cracker and Camper Van Beethoven perform at the Coach House, 33157 Camino Capistrano, San Juan Capistrano, (949) 496-7935; www.thecoachhouse.com. Wed., 8 p.m. $20.
This article appeared in print as "Back In the Van: David Lowery is indefatigable as front man of both Cracker and Camper Van Beethoven."