Something that I miss after living in Seattle for four years is the thriving music scene. Moving back to the place of my birth has been a nice change of scenery, and it is also nice when music acts come right to my front door. Since being home I have had the pleasure of catching: Seattle powerhouse United State of Electronica, Beach House, and Ben Folds. All this talent without having to drive an hour and a half south to the Emerald City.
Bellingham continues to draw popular independent acts as last night the popular local haunt, The Wild Buffalo, hosted Camera Obscura. Straight form their performance last weekend at Coachella the only logical place for them to perform next is a small city in the Pacific Northwest.
Lead singer Tracyanne seemed surprised to draw a large crowd in a such a place. They are currently on tour to support their 2009 release My Maudlin Career.
Fun and vibrant, this group proved that they are veterans to the music scene after being together for almost fifteen years. All of the songs in their repertoire exemplify independent pop music at its best. Music that is simply enjoyable to groove and listen to is always something I love to catch crammed against others in standing room only. For a show like this, it is worth the pain. Special shout out to the bands trumpeter Tim who rocked the hell out of numerous instruments including the tambourine. He just gave the performance that little bit of an extra something.
Definitely recommended to see Camera Obscura live if you have the chance. For those in the Northwest you can catch them this year at the Sasquatch Music Festival over memorial day weekend, which sadly I will be missing out on this year.
(check out their song "The Sweetest Thing")