Life thru a lens
CAMERAOBSCURA Vicar Street, Dublin, Monday at 7.30pm ¤22 vicarstreet.ie We reckon the title of Glasgow-based Camera Obscura’s second album, released in 2003, could well win the School Report Award for indie pop bands: Underachievers Please Try Harder.
Although lumped in with what toughened music industry observers might term “bed wetters”, Camera Obscura continue drawing the line that was first scrawled in the sand by the likes of Marine Girls, Young Marble Giants and Scotland’s very own Belle & Sebastian. The band – fronted by Traceyanne Campbell – initially became victims of their obvious influences, but perseverance has paid off, and as the years have passed (they formed in 1996) so has the band ploughed a progressively individual path.
Never the most demonstrative, it’s good to know that, in general terms, Camera Obscura – in a similar way to the meek – might not inherit the Earth, but they’ll certainly make their mark. Mind you, titling their albums to fit the band’s worldview (their 2009 album is called My
Maudlin Career) may have to change.
TONY CLAYTON-LEA Can’Tsee ThaT? CaTchThis
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