"Modern-rock radio, the way that they master their music, they make it sound so loud but really crappy," says Hidden Cameras front man Joel Gibb on the phone from a rock club "somewhere in Germany." Part of the Toronto indie-rock community that also includes Broken Social Scene, the Cameras play what Gibb, in a fit of mad quotability, once described to a writer as "gay church folk music." Other writers keep recycling the phrase because it captures the band's material better than anything else: Gibb, a gay man, sings in a polite choirboy voice about love and religion and sex over arrangements that favor acoustic guitars and Sunday-school piano. The only improvement "gay church folk music" could stand would be the addition of "summer camp" in... More >>>
The Hidden Cameras may see no evil, but they certainly sing it.