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Camera
The Panic And The Permanence
(self-released)
www.cameraband.com


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 band’s 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 Arnaz’s bongo-ridged tunes. The lyrics have an autobiographical tone as Scro reflects, “My redemption is pending / Pending on what you know… This vacation is over / I hate to see it go.”

The flexibility of Scro’s 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 don’t want to be caged by fear… If I’m ever getting out of here / I just want to be anywhere tonight / Will we ever be free from fear / Without going nuclear.” Scro’s vocals shape and define the tracks while his brother and Aylward add texture and mood.

The melodic aesthetics of “Debris” are sculpted by Aylward’s echoing synths, and the ramrod drumbeats of “The Negotiator” support Scro’s 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 Scro’s 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 recording.

-Susan Frances

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