After gay church musicians the Hidden Cameras released their much-hyped debut The Smell Of Our Own last year, the many-pieced Toronto outfit kind of disappeared from the international radar. Front man Joel Gibb wasn’t available for scheduled interviews, and the band that had managed to get a song about dudes pissing on each other (in Golden Streams) talked about in Who Weekly went quiet. Well, turns out they weren’t as far away as we thought. Their second album Mississauga Goddam is out on Rough Trade records, and it comes with more of the same Jonathan Richman twang and more of the same full-frontal gayness. Take the song titles, for example. Music Is My Boyfriend, I Want Another Enema, Builds The Bone. Or the lyrics: I found music and he found me/A balding head-banging pre-teen/So he seduced me in a dream/I kissed his ugly gangly greens/He swallowed my pee. Believe it or not, Mississauga Goddam seems a fair bit less obvious than The Smell Of Our Own -“ it’s possible the gay churchies are holding back for a bit of wider folk success. There is also less exuberance on this second album, I Believe In The Good Life is happy-creepy, like a Jonestown folk-song just before the mass-suicide. The Hidden Cameras continue to go musically where no gay artists have gone before.

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