The Hidden Cameras

The Smell Of Our Own - 20th Anniversary Edition: Deluxe Yellow Vinyl 2LP


Release date: 13 April, 2023

The Hidden Cameras in collaboration with Rough Trade Records, announce a 20th anniversary expanded deluxe reissue of their majestic debut album ‘The Smell of Our Own’ to be released on April 14th 2023. A deluxe vinyl edition will be pressed as a 2 x LP edition on Yellow vinyl and featuring bonus demos and live session recordings.


The Hidden Cameras burst onto the Toronto music scene in the early 2000’s boasting an irresistible combination of pop and queer sensibilities. Playing self-proclaimed ‘Gay Church Folk Music’ a new genre of their own making and songs ranging from haunted, aching ballads to foot-stomping anthems, the band’s outrageous stage shows packed such disparate venues as sweaty dance bars, art museums, working porn cinemas as well as many churches. Fronted by lead singer-songwriter Joel Gibb, the ensemble continues its musical provocations to this day, with Berlin now as its centre of gravity.

The Hidden Cameras will perform anniversary shows around Europe and the UK in March and April 2023 to co-incide with the reissue of ‘The Smell Of Our Own’, including a show at eartH, London with original string player Owen Pallett on April 10th, full tour dates below.


The Hidden Cameras had yet to release a note of commercially available music when, in early 2002, they became among the most discussed and celebrated unsigned bands in the history of their native Toronto. By the close of the year, they had been the subject of uncommonly sensational features in The Globe and Mail (Canada’s national newspaper) as well as in every daily and weekly in Toronto. The reasons for the reckless enthusiasm of these usually cautious journals was simple: revelatory live performances that attacked and transcended the staid, dispassionate traditions of rock nightclub culture; and the songs of band front-man and mastermind Joel Gibb, a talent of uncommon melodic and poetic gifts. ‘The Smell of Our Own’, The Hidden Cameras debut album was originally released in April 2003 on Rough Trade to tremendous critical acclaim.

Vinyl LP
Rough Trade Records