Chicago trio Camera looks good on paper. With everything from the B-52s to The Cramps listed under the “sounds like” section of the bands MySpace page, accompanied by a review (that they’re damn proud of) from music critic Jim DeRogatis praising the post-punk, art-rock band for delivering the goods, Camera certainly seems worth a listen.
Justin C. Scro, Ryan Aylward, and Joseph Scro indeed deliver the goods with key tracks, such as the haunting and hearty A Specific Window off the album Fire & Science. The entire album confirms new waves darker moments as its greatest and sets the bar for indie-pop with strapping music from the instruments and lyrics to the performance.
Shame on Camera for waiting three years since its last release but, fret not, the band is already working on its next album, entitled Realpolitik, which is currently in production with Mudvaynes drummer Matt McDonnogh. Cameras appeal knows no bounds, as the metal drummer McDonnogh initiated the collaboration after hearing Camera at The Metro.
Grazed by Bullets is another must listen. The contagious beginning beat, followed by energetic and inspiring instrumental work paired with sparse, but poignant lyrics, such as “My redemption is pending/Depending on what you know” showcase Cameras talent and indicates the bands power to draw the listener in through patterns of gallant sound.
Camera also offers an invigorating visit to the past with their cover of the Feelies 1980 Moscow Nights from its debut album Crazy Rhythms. The band doesnt neglect a single shimmering sound and offers up the same dance beats rattled by technical playing, with vocals so similar to the original its eerie.
Up next for Camera is a possible regional tour. The band is tossing around the idea of performing in all the college towns within a 250 mile radius of Chicago in early spring. Heres hoping you live in or near one of these towns! Until then, catch Camera throughout Dec. and Jan. at The Empty Bottle, Chicago City Limits, and The Bottom Lounge.