WANT TO GO?
With Calexico, Camper Van Beethoven, Bonnie Prince Billy, Bahamas, Piney Gir
WHERE: Culture Center Theater
WHEN: 7 p.m. Sunday
TICKETS: Advance $15, at the door $25
INFO: 800-594-TIXX or www.mountainstage.org
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- There comes a point in the life of every band when the members have to decide if they're OK with where their career has taken them.
For the guys in Camper Van Beethoven, which performs Sunday in "Mountain Stage's" first Charleston show of 2013, that point came some time ago. And bassist Victor Krummenacher said they're OK with who they are and what they've become.
"I think it's amazing we're still a band after 30 years," he said. "Camper Van Beethoven's chance at fame was a long time ago, but I think we're fine with being this cult band for the rest of our lives."
Best known for a handful of fun tunes including "Take the Skinheads Bowling" and a cover of Status Quo's "Pictures of Matchstick Men," the latter day punks/early indie rockers have endured as a family of different solo acts, ensembles and bands including the indie rock outfits Cracker and the Monks of Doom.
The band's new record, "La Costa Perdida," is its first record of new material in almost nine years, which Krummenacher acknowledged was kind of a long wait, though it was unintentional.
"I don't think we intended for there to be any quiet from us," he said. "But like a lot of people we have to straddle day jobs because you know, you've got to pay your mortgage."
Krummenacher works for Wired magazine, including doing page design. He said he doesn't really mind having to work a day job, though.