Cameras is Fraser Harvey, Eleanor Dunlop, Ben Mason.
There’s no doubt that Cameras are one of the most talented bands to emerge from Sydney, let alone Australia, in the past few years. Their highly anticipated debut album In Your Room was released last week and lived up to its promises, take a listen to Defeatist or Polarize and you’ll see what I mean. Cameras have arrived back in Australia after a successful string of American shows for their In Your Room tour and were happy to answer some questions that were on our mind.
It’s a simple question but one that’s worth asking – what is it about making music that gets you every time? Making music is an escape, and everybody like a good escape in some form or another. The process of creating can be very rewarding.
Defeatist is one of the most moving displays of climax and sits alongside others on the record of the same nature, how do you go about creating tension within a song? Is it ever difficult? Creating tension in a song is not something we find difficult to do. We naturally head that way because that is what is attractive to our ears, and it just makes sense to us. For me it’s probably the most necessary thing I want from music, both creatively and as a listener. Anything else tends to just be twee crap that meanders too much.
We loved the film clip for Defeatist, what was the thinking behind the concept? This was all Jens Hertzum, and his ideas. The storyline was devised in his mind while he listened to our songs Defeatist and Polarise, as they were the double A sides being released in the US. There is a different version of this video cut to Polarise floating about somewhere…
What’s it like being a ‘manimal’? At first we thought this had something to do with the tendency of indie film clips to feature men with animal masks until we realized it was an American record label… Manimal are an amazing label. They’ve done some amazing bands and artists who we love like Warpaint and Bat For Lashes, and is run by one of the best people I’ve met, Paul Beahan. He really is a dude. It’s a nice feeling to have that level of belief by someone in what you are doing.
What was the best thing about your recent tour in America? Which city do you guys think has the better scene, NYC or LA? The best thing? This is tough. America is an amazing country. There is an enthusiasm and positive outlook from people over there that exceeds anywhere else I’ve been. That and a little place called The Apple Pan. In terms of scene, I guess we spent more time in NYC so we were able to grasp that a bit better, and as a city I think it was a place we all loved right from the first minute. LA was not without it’s charms though, we met a lot of great people there, and that is where Manimal is based.
Just for fun, if you could take to the stage with any artists (alive or dead) who would they happen to be? James Brown and Tom Waits. At the same time.