The Hidden Cameras are a Canadian indie pop band. Fronted by singer-songwriter Joel Gibb, the band consists of a varying roster of musicians who play what Gibb once described as "gay church folk music". Their live performances have been elaborate, high-energy shows, featuring go-go dancers in balaclavas, a choir, and a string section.
The band's first album, Ecce Homo, was released independently in 2001 on EvilEvil. It was after this first release that Gibb assembled a band and they began to perform in venues varying from art galleries to churches to porn theatres to parks. Since these early days The Hidden Cameras have played host to a number of notable musicians, including Reg Vermue, Owen Pallett, Laura Barrett, Don Kerr, Magali Meagher (of The Phonemes), Mike Olsen (of the Arcade Fire) and Maggie MacDonald.
Their 2003 album, The Smell of Our Own was released through the popular Rough Trade imprint in the UK, and on the independent label EvilEvil in Canada.
In 2004, they released their third album, Mississauga Goddam, on Rough Trade and also on EvilEvil in Canada. Their EP, The Arms of His 'Ill', was released by California label Absolutely Kosher Records in the same year, and features jacket art specially created by Paul P. and G.B. Jones. In November 2005, the band collaborated with Toronto Dance Theatre on the show In the Boneyard at the Harbourfront Centre, Toronto, Ontario. Dancers joined the band throughout the show, playing instruments, and the band performed on-stage in costume. Three of the songs from Mississauga Goddam, namely "We Oh We", "I Believe in the Good of Life" (a rerecorded version of the same song from the first album), and "Builds the Bone", are featured in the Canadian motion picture Whole New Thing. "We Oh We" is also featured on the soundtrack of the German film Sommersturm (Summer Storm).
Awoo, their 2006 recording was released on Rough Trade in Europe, EvilEvil in Canada and, in the U.S., on the Arts & Crafts label. The Hidden Cameras' song "Boys of Melody" is featured on the soundtrack of the John Cameron Mitchell film Shortbus, which premiered in 2006. Also that year, they performed in a Take-Away Show video session shot by Vincent Moon.
Their fifth album, Origin:Orphan, was mastered in May 2009. The music video for "In the NA", a song from this album, was screened at the 19th Annual Inside Out Film and Video Festival. The album was released on 22 September 2009.
Five songs from the Origin:Orphan album were redone by electronic pop band from Barcelona Hidrogenesse and released under the name of Hidrogenesse versus The Hidden Cameras in May 2010. Also a video for "He Falls to Me" was done by Daro Pea.