ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
LIVE: Hidden Cameras come out of hiding
The Hidden Cameras
Dec. 26, 2003
Gazette file photo
NOW THAT’S SEXY! BUT WHY ARE THEY BLINDFOLDED? The Hidden Cameras
perform in all their glory.
Capping a banner year in which The Hidden Cameras were hidden no more, Joel
Gibb’s mild-mannered army made a triumphant return to the T-dot for another
Releasing their groundbreaking church-folk-pop debut The Smell of Our Own
on British hipster label Rough Trade this year, the Cameras have toured the
world, ending up on critics’ year-end lists. So, their stop at Vazaleen — Toronto’s
monthly queer rock ’n’ roll party — turned into a celebratory
show in which the hometown heroes brought their increasingly popular show (consisting
of flying toilet paper, lyrics on overhead projectors and a bevy of dancers)
to a faithful audience.
The band’s orchestral folk-rock might appear wimpy on record, but the
live show was a rockin’ affair; dancing, sing-alongs and raised fists — combined
with the radical content of the lyrics — made the show as punk as they
come. And new songs like “The Fear Is On” and “No Gay Goth
Scene” (from their upcoming record) promises the Cameras will continue
to rule in 2004.