The Panic And The Permanence from the rock trio Camera
is a fusion of 60s punk, 70s hard rock, 80s electro
pop, and 50s doo-wop. Produced by Paul Vnuk, Jr., Stephen
Ciliak, and the bands bassist/synthesizer player Ryan
Aylward, the recording is conversant in four decades of popular
music, compressing multiple variations of pop/rock under one umbrella.
Lead vocalist/guitarist Justin Scro and his brother Joseph
on drums, percussion and piano along with Aylward display an unhampered
stream of expression that gives the album a natural flow. The flirty
dance beats of Grazed By Bullets have a Cuban-calypso
script like a rockified version of Desi Arnazs bongo-ridged
tunes. The lyrics have an autobiographical tone as Scro reflects,
My redemption is pending / Pending on what you know
vacation is over / I hate to see it go.
The flexibility of Scros vocals enable him to go from the brazen
punk-encrusted hooks of Pop Radio 101 to the cruising
doo-wop grooves of A Place I Know and the electro pop
glitter of Nuclear. The lyrics maintain an introspective
musing in Nuclear as Scro questions, Why are things
so unclear / I dont want to be caged by fear
ever getting out of here / I just want to be anywhere tonight / Will
we ever be free from fear / Without going nuclear. Scros
vocals shape and define the tracks while his brother and Aylward add
texture and mood.
The melodic aesthetics of Debris are sculpted by Aylwards
echoing synths, and the ramrod drumbeats of The Negotiator
support Scros sharp vocal cuts. The haunting whistles in the
backdrop of Buried Alive have a country western tint,
and the bluesy hue of the guitar chords in On A Night Like This
brand the track with a smoky rock luster. The punk rock blazes scouring
Heir Apparent are saddled by psychedelic synths while
Scros vocals scorch The Gathering Storm with notes
that lengthen, howl, and soar, bending the raw rock current into a
style reflective of Morrissey.
The Panic And The Permanence revamps vintage punk and hard
rock styles injecting a modern pulse into the tracks. Camera earns
high marks in seaming four decades of popular music into one seamless
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