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Demo2DeRo: Camera

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When a band writes me that, "We believe you might be interested in our music because we have been told that we sometimes sound like a cross between the Feelies and Pere Ubu," you might think I'd be like Rene Zellweger in "Jerry Maguire"--"You had me at hello." But that isn't entirely true: It definitely gets my attention, but after that, I'm sure to be even more skeptical than usual when judging whether or not the boast is warranted.

Well, the local trio Camera--guitarist-vocalist David Syvilian, bassist-synthesist Ryan Aylward and drummer-pianist Joseph Scro--pretty much deliver the post-punk art-rock goods: Not only is the trio's version of the Feelies' "Moscow Nights" one of the most impressive I've heard (nobody covers the Feelies because the Feelies are just too hard to cover), originals such as "Wicked Wicked Games" and "One Neo Eon" are nearly as strong, doing proud the traditions of an era where it didn't seem unreasonable to pair ultra-danceable grooves with challenging musical ideas and often delightfully menacing sonic ambience.

Hear for yourself at; search out the band's self-titled 2005 EP or 2008 album "Fire & Science" or catch Camera live as part of I Am Fest at the Congress Theater, 2135 N. Milwaukee, at 3 p.m. on June 13. (Presented by the musicians' collective Chicago Noise Machine, the fest features 25 bands on two stages throughout the day; visit for more info.)

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So I just wanted to say that I love Camera.. not only do I know and love the members. I really do enjoy the music.. thanks for thinking so as well!!!

I recorded the Feelies cover for free at my studio just so I could listen to it over and over. It makes me happy that people half my age could love the music I loved when I was their age. Camera is a great and underrated Chicago band.

Camera is an OUTSTANDING band, the sounds that they create will force you to move your body, rock your mind, and tap your toes all night long! Their sound is something that needs to be heard and felt to fully apprecaite how really talened they are. Thanks for keeping the music alive Camera, we love you!

These guys are the band Radiohead wishes they were. Like it, Love it, Gotta Have It.

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