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Album Review

The Arms of His Ill, originally pressed to 10" vinyl and sold at shows, is for serious Hidden Cameras fans only. While it features some of the quirky Canadians' best compositions, all eight of the songs are four-track demos produced by head Camera Joel Gibb at home, so the sound quality is both thin and occasionally overdriven. However, despite the poor sound quality, it's almost impossible to deny the razor-sharp hooks in cuts like "Doot Doot Plot," "Fear Is On," and "Music Is My Boyfriend," all of which appear in their superior studio form on 2004's excellent Mississauga Goddam.


Formed: 2001 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s, '10s

With a mix of queer politics, explicit sexuality, symphonic indie pop, and theatrical spectacle that borders on the religious, Toronto's the Hidden Cameras are the brainchild of singer/songwriter/guitarist Joel Gibb. The 2001 debut album Ecce Homo -- a collection of four-track demos released on Gibb's own Evil Evil imprint -- introduced a stripped-down version of the Hidden Cameras' witty, acoustic-based songwriting, which drew comparisons to the Magnetic Fields and Belle & Sebastian. Ecce Homo also...
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