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The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - GOING OUT -

CAM­ERAOB­SCURA Vicar Street, Dublin, Mon­day at 7.30pm ¤22 vi­ 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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