Track Of The Day 3/9 - Cameras

End Of This Line
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Australian band Cameras has brought their own brand of haunting alt-rock to our shores with their dark and brooding debut album ‘In Your Room’. Their interplay between hypnotic vocals and tense Interpol like sounds has the UK welcoming them with open arms.
After successful touring of their native land, they are looking to bring their live show to our stages. But until they make the sojourn over here, we had to do with tracking them down for some insight into the band.

Where did the name Cameras come from?
I really wish there was a more romantic story to this, but we just sort of picked out a few things that we liked, and Cameras was one of them. We of course like the object, and I kind of like the look of the word too.

What about the title of your debut album, ‘In Your Room’?
That title has significance, but I think it’s just conducive to how an album should be heard. Start to finish, and that’s almost a serving suggestion I suppose for the record.

How did you get together?
Eleanor and I started writing together, then with our original drummer. There’s some sort of more elaborate backstory there I’m sure, but yes, we then had a line up change in the form of a new drummer (also named Ben, which was convenient for obvious reasons – and more recently Mike – who has also played with us for a couple of years, and co produced, recorded and mixed the album).

How did you decide to share lead vocals?
I don’t think it was really something that we sat down and discussed, it just happened by way of how we assembled the songs initially. When we started working on them we were both writing vocal melodies and it just worked, so we stopped short of fixing it.

This adds a whole different dynamic to your songs...
I think it certainly allows us to get away with more out of an idea, by the sheer fact that there is an immediate and stark difference between our voices. I think it helps keep the listener on their toes a little more, and stops things sounding as tired. We have quite a big sound when we play live, so it helps cut through that in a way.

Both leads have very distinctive voices. What made you decide to take on the whole he/she taking turns element? I don’t think it was ever meant to be as separate as it sounds, but it does work. It almost like having an argument I suppose, the two versing sides.

What is your approach to songwriting and recording?
When we write and record, it’s generally a quick process. We tend to work much better under the pressure of the little deadlines we set ourselves, otherwise I think we’d maybe procrastinate too much. I find it really exciting to start adding in sounds to songs that have been in my head, I think we all do love that process of layering the sounds together.

Does the band or anyone have idiosyncrasies during writing and recording?
Recording is probably the one place where we’re all really ourselves, I think it’s where we’re most comfortable. We’re all very separate people, and pretty much just come together to play music, that’s it, so idiocyncracys are more likely to come out on tour I when we’re not really in our ideal environment. I think we’re too individually enamoured with the process of recording or writing to notice people’s quirks.

How long did it take to record the album?
I guess in total about 3 weeks, but recorded it in little stages.

Did you have these songs on the burner for a while and were you gigging around testing them out live? Was it a gradual thing or did it all click pretty quickly?
Some songs on the record date to when we first started writing, and some we finished just in the lead up to the record. When we recorded the first batch of songs, Polarise wasn’t in existence, but we juststarted on it between takes and it was finished written and recorded within 3 hours. Those are the best moments.

And where did you get inspiration for creating what you do?
As a kid I always lived in my head a lot, creating scenarios in odd ways (when I think about it now), and I still do now. Writing for me is not really autobiographical. It is partly, but it’s attaching experience to a greater story which may have been spawned from a documentary or film I watched, or a book I read, or how I interperated interaction with someone. So anything I suppose.

Do you have ideas in mind for your videos or do you collaborate with a director/producer?
With our videos, we prefer to let someone who has a good idea take over. We’re not really film makers, so we just stay out of the way of an idea that has been created around the music we’ve made. It leaves it open to being something we’d never have considered ourselves which is far more exciting.

Are you planning on touring the UK?
It’s a discussion we’re having right now in fact, hopefully we can make it happen sooner rather than later.

So, what’s next for Cameras?
It’s been a while since we’ve written together so we’ll begin to dive into that again quite soon. We also recorded a cover of a Kate Bush song a few months ago that we're hoping to give away to fans as a free download. The video is just being finished as we speak. And hopefully visits to the USA again and also to Europe for the first time early next year.

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Taken from their debut album, Cameras' 'End Of This Line' is our latest Track Of The Day.

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Words by Libby Mone
Photo credit: Sharon Cavanagh

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