Camera Obscura Plays Tonight at Antone’s
Vocalist Tracyanne Campbell teamed up with Gavin Dunbar in 1996 to write songs and rehearse, and see what direction the music would take them. Through line-up changes and various ups and downs, the core members of Glasgow pop/rock indie band Camera Obscura have survived for more than a decade – and have great music to show for it.
The band had mostly independent releases prior to 2006, including Rare UK Bird EP in 1999, and two full-length albums, Biggest Bluest Hi-Fi (2001) and Underachievers Please Try Harder (2003). They also received a great deal of support and encouragement from the late great DJ John Peel, which also contributed to the build-up of a very loyal fanbase. In 2006, they entered further into the spotlight with their breakthrough, Let’s Get Out Of This Country, recorded by Swedish producer Jari Haapalainen, known for his work with Ed Harcourt, and The Concretes.
This year, Camera Obscura signed on with indie label 4AD to release the second album they recorded with Haapalainen, My Maudlin Career.
Camera Obscura is playing tonight at Antone’s, 213 W. 5th St. Opening the show is indie solo artist and viola player extraordinaire Anni Rossi. This is a sweet bill. Doors open at 8 p.m. It is advised that you get there early; even though it’s a Monday, this show is sure to fill up.