Release Date: 18th Oct. 2004
The Hidden Cameras release ‘ I Believe In The Good Of Life’ on October 18th. Taken from their second album ‘Mississauga Goddam’ it features their characteristic surging melodic hooks amid waves of euphoric intensity and their, by turns, literate, humorous and often fearlessly explicit, lyrics. It’s perhaps one of the best representations of what makes up The Hidden Cameras and what in turn makes them, a truly unique band.
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The song’s video was directed by Joel himself and at one point shows the band making a cameo appearance busking on the street, en masse, in their home town of Toronto as a character ‘Tawny le Sabre’ (played by celebrated Canadian Transvestite Alex McClelland) explores the fun, thrill and danger, of perpetrating petty crime, through a series of comic episodes.
The live shows of The Hidden Cameras are incredible, almost legendary events and have been hosted in all manner of unusual venues from Churches (fairly regularly) to Porn Cinemas and Elderly People’s Homes. Their live shows are all about engagement – with their dancers, all the while, attempting to coerce audience members into joining in the occasion and to join in. Joel and the rest of The Hidden Cameras recently joined forces with the Toronto Dance Theatre for a week of collaborative shows which saw the roles of the band and dancers overlapping within the dance and the music with fascinating consequences.
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Incidentally a second 10inch vinyl release by the band (following this spring’s limited ‘play the CBC sessions’ release on Rough Trade) is due imminently on the Absolutely Kosher label, featuring alternative 4-track demo versions of some of the songs that feature on current album ‘Mississauga Goddam’.
To coincide with the single’s release the band will be playing gigs on both sides of the Atlantic and across Europe.
They will be playing an XFM show from the Barfly in Chalk Farm on 11th October. UK dates are as follows…Catch them live if you can – bands as special as this are rare.
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- SUN 3/10 LEICESTER CHARLOTTE
- MON 4/10 NORWICH ARTS CENTRE
- TUE 5/10 LONDON MARQUEE
- WED 6/10 BIRMINGHAM ACADEMY 3
- THU 7/10 GLASGOW NICE N’ SLEAZYS
- FRI 8/10 NOTTINGHAM SOCIAL
- SAT 9/10 CARDIFF UNIVERSITY STUDENT UNION
- MON 11/10 LONDON BARFLY – XFM Xposure gig