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Camera Obscura at Manchester Academy

Camera Obscura
Manchester Academy
6th May 2024

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Robert Perry

Camera Obscura is a Scottish indie pop group that became one of the most celebrated acts on the UK’s twee pop scene. Hailing from Glasgow, they were formed in 1996 by lead vocalist and guitarist Tracyanne Campbell, percussionist John Henderson, and bassist Gavin Dunbar. They were frequently compared to fellow Scots Belle & Sebastian, and in fact, Belle & Sebastian lead singer Stuart Murdoch produced their debut album, 2001’s Biggest Bluesr Hi-Fi. The album earned praise from influential BBC disc jockey John Peel, who invited the group to record a live session for broadcast on his show, and the single Eighties Fan became the band’s breakout hit.

In 2003, Underachievers Please Try Harder was released, followed by an international tour covering the UK, Ireland, and the United States. In 2004, the band recorded another session with John Peel. The group’s third studio album, Let’s Get Out Of This Country, was released in June 2006 and featured one of the band’s most famous songs, Lloyd, I’m Ready To Be Heartbroken. In 2009, the band released My Maudlin Career, and the success of the single French Navy helped push the album into the Top 50 of the UK albums charts and the Top 100 of the American album surveys.

The band’s last album was released in 2013, but they’ve resigned with Merge Records, where it all began. Camera Obscura’s return to the label comes with their first full tour of the United Kingdom since 2019 and the promise of new music.

“We’re excited to be working again with Merge Records,” says Tracyanne Campbell. “We are looking forward to sharing new music with our fans and playing live in 2024.”

Catch the band at Manchester Academy this Spring.

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