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The Hidden Cameras Unveil 'Gay Goth Scene' Video


Four years after their last album Origin:Orphan, The Hidden Cameras — a Canadian band led by gay frontman Joel Gibb — has finally released a song and music video for a new single that they've reportedly played live since their first album. The song is entitled "Gay Goth Scene," and though you can only download it in Europe, you can watch a minute from the dramatic video here. The clip involves a gay emo kid getting beaten up.

The release of "Gay Goth Scene" concedes with the 10-year anniversary of The Hidden Cameras' transgressive premier album, The Smell of Our Own, in which they unabashedly rejoiced the religious ecstasies of being peed on, carrying another man's seed and gay sex — totally mandatory listening.

Exclaim explains more about the new single:

The single is called "Gay Goth Scene," and it's available to purchase on 7-inch. It comes backed with a four-track demo of the same song recorded in 2011. Interestingly, a product description notes that this will only be available in physical formats, so it's unlikely to leak onto the web just yet. The band have also been selling copies at recent shows.

Likewise, the song's music video has screened in various cities around the world but isn't available on the internet. It was shot in Berlin last winter by director Kai Stänicke.

In an interview with The Grid TO, the band described "Gay Goth Scene" like this: "The song is in a minor key with an apocalyptic ending; was inspired by the idea of youth and forbidden love; and describes a fictional 'scene' that only exists in the mind of the protagonist's paranoid parents. It's told from the perspective of a mother and father, chastising their teen son about his newfound romance.

The single comes from the band's forthcoming album, Age, which is due out this fall.

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HiddenThe band's website elaborates on the video's accolades:

“Gay Goth Scene” has already made the rounds at special screenings in Toronto, Los Angeles, Ogunquit and Tel Aviv with future screenings slated for Salento Finibus Tarrae in Italy, Queer Lisboa, Face a Face St. Etienne and Wiz Art in Lviv.

Good news, everyone! Kai Stänicke’s short film for “Gay Goth Scene” has won the “Tadgell’s Bluebell Honor Award”, being named “Best Short Film About/For Youth” at the 16th Auburn International Film Festival for Children and Young Adults.

Their second and third albums — Mississauga Goddam and Awoo — weren't as pointedly sexual as their first, but they did still hit on queer sexual-political themes of neurotic bodily obsession ("I Need Another Enema"), the excitement of shared oral pleasure and growing up closeted in your own hometown.

Their last album (2009's Origin:Orphan) was inarguably their most orchestrally ambitious; using triumphant horns, choral arrangements and grand scores to explore devotion to emotionally-absent men and how whoredom complicates identity.

The Hidden Cameras — who have a penchant for performing in bombed-out churches, abandoned theaters and soccer fields — are currently touring. Gibb had wanted to turn Origin:Orphan into a theatrical production in Berlin where he lives, but it's unclear whether that ever happened.

The clip is now available stateside.

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  1. Yes! One of my favorite bands.

    Posted by: zeddy | Oct 6, 2013 5:10:02 PM

  2. Goth , the white boy version of sagging. A decades old "fashion" that won't die regardless of how thoroughly tiresome it is.

    Posted by: Hagatha | Oct 6, 2013 5:31:08 PM

  3. You said it, Hagatha. The gift that keeps on giving.

    Posted by: ratbastard | Oct 6, 2013 5:45:22 PM

  4. Actually rap music is older than most goth music, and nobody seems to get tired of the annoying c-rap. Try being less anti-white racist, Hagatha.

    Posted by: Kev C | Oct 6, 2013 6:16:02 PM

  5. "Goth , the white boy version of sagging."

    That makes absolutely no sense at all. But few of your feeble-minded comments do. Goth continues to thrive, in particularly with young gay kids who feel like outsiders, because of pricks like you.

    And rap is not older than goth music. They are virtually the same age, having both originated in the last 70s.

    Posted by: rippper | Oct 6, 2013 8:23:47 PM

  6. Those lower lip piercings must make for a bloody mess blow job.

    Posted by: Lee | Oct 6, 2013 8:34:03 PM

  7. Meh.

    Posted by: wheelie81 | Oct 7, 2013 12:17:21 AM

  8. One look at that kid...and...and...I just wish him luck.

    Posted by: UFFDA | Oct 7, 2013 4:56:33 AM

  9. you can listen to the entire song and watch the entire video on their YouTube channel.

    Posted by: Tristy | Oct 7, 2013 5:13:00 AM

  10. @HAGATHA Honey, don't you have a coven to go to or something?

    This band reminds me of what being "queer" used to mean before the glide into straight acceptance and weddings and having kids and so forth.

    Makes one appreciate that once we queers actually thought we might make a difference and shake up the heterosexual tyranny just a bit.

    Guess not.

    Posted by: jamal49 | Oct 7, 2013 11:42:13 AM

  11. jamal - Your self loathing is evident. Clearly you don't understand that gay men are not imitating straight men, it is they who imitate us.

    Straight men are natural couch potatoes. We're the ones who got them to go to the gym. We're the ones who got them to get slave bands tatted on their biceps... for our pleasure. We cut their hair. We trimmed their beards and cleaned up their eyebrows... they of course took it too far and shaved their crotches and legs, tweezed their eyebrows into Mexican perfection.

    We depigged them.

    Posted by: Hagatha | Oct 7, 2013 12:33:24 PM

  12. Oh, my God, this blog has gone plum crazy. Anytime Hagatha Hearne is called an "anti-white racist" it's time to get the off this blog. She's the queen of the Ku Klux Klan, and you call her anti-White? Oh Lord!!!

    LOL. I can't take a drink this early...and at work, but I wish I could.

    Posted by: Derrick from Philly | Oct 7, 2013 12:43:49 PM

  13. Derricka - I am not the queen of the kkk, I am a Nationalist. There is nothing to be ashamed of in that.

    Posted by: Hagatha | Oct 7, 2013 2:31:25 PM

  14. @ "Derricka - I am not the queen of the kkk, I am a Nationalist."

    What kind of Nationalist? What? Of a retirement community in Florida? (Or when you're being Rick, an apartment in NYC)?

    Oh, honey, raise the swastika.

    Posted by: Derrick from Philly | Oct 7, 2013 2:42:08 PM

  15. How could you forget the most memorable song from The Smell of Our Own?

    That, of course, is "The Man That I Am With My Man".

    But yeah, a great album indeed.

    Posted by: Jude | Oct 7, 2013 4:44:38 PM

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