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Let's get into this country, Camera Obscura at the Crofoot Ballroom


Some more of that infectious Scottish indie rock has once again made its wait to the humble city of Detroit (Pontiac). Chick fronted artsy indie rock band Camera Obscura will grace the evolving underground music scene of Pontiac, MI on November 27 along with the Papercuts. Fresh off the release of their album My Maudlin Career, Camera Obscura has established itself as one of the indie pop bands that music lovers should definitely know.

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Tracyanne Campbell, Gavin Dunbar, Carey Lander, Kenny McKeeve, Lee Tomson, and Nigel Baillie (part time), make up the Glasgow quintet/sextet Camera Obscura. Their first release titled Biggest Bluest Hi-Fi was produced by Stuart Murdoch of Belle & Sebastian and supported by John Peel (Peel Sessions). Their first single "Eighties Fan" topped a slew of independent charts, and after Nigel Baillie joined on trumpet, the band was asked to do their first Peel Session.


Subsequent releases from Camera Obscura showed a great deal of diversity while sticking to their main indie pop sound. Their second album Underachievers Please Try Harder took on a slower more acoustic feel, while their next release Let's Get out of This Country was more upbeat and energetic. Their latest release titled My Maudlin Career incorporates elements of their earlier releases and splices in some string arrangement done by Björn Yttling of Peter Björn and John.

What has become a wave of popular Scottish bands in the U.S. independent music scene shows no signs of fading. Frightened Rabbit, Snow Patrol, We Were Promised Jetpacks, The Twilight Sad, and Franz Ferdinand have joined Camera Obscura in defining a vein of indie rock that certainly has its place in the scene. Check out one of the seminal Scottish indie rock outfits at the Crofoot Ballroom in Pontiac along with American indie pop outfit the Papercuts for an incredibly reasonable $12 (in advance).

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