The Hidden Cameras' new album, Origin:Orphan, may not be out until September 22 but already head Camera Joel Gibb is looking to create a "theatrical music production" based on the album.
Despite the grand stage ambitions, Gibb says that Origin:Orphan isn't a concept record. "I don't sit down and write a record like the cliché of the band touring, and then they sit down and write a record," Gibb tells Exclaim! in an interview. "I think that there's themes, for sure. But I didn't form the record thinking of that [stage production]."
While Gibb isn't certain what the final narrative will be for the production, he says it will revolve around the theme of "the universal orphan."
Of course, this isn't the first time the Toronto, ON collective have wandered into musical theatre territory, having twice collaborated with the Toronto Dance Theatre, who helped marry the group's music with interpretative dance. "I want this to be less modern dance and more theatrical," explains Gibb, "but also with dancing and choreography. I guess just something new."
Although neither of those productions with the Toronto Dance Theatre were performed outside of the city, Gibb hopes to mount the new Orphan product in Berlin. He's already spoken with a theatre in the German capital and now needs to draft a proposal to submit to the German government for funding.
Gibb should have plenty of time to flesh out the details in the coming months, as the band hit the road with Gentleman Reg to promote Origin:Orphan, which is due out on Arts & Crafts.
10/21 Peterborough, ON - Montreal House
10/22 London, ON - Call The Office
10/23 Guelph, ON - Dublin Street United Church
10/29 Ottawa, ON - Babylon
10/30 Kingston, ON - Grad Club
10/31 Montreal, PQ - Il Motore
11/1 Cambridge, MA - Brattle Theater
11/2 Northampton, MA - Iron Horse
11/4 New York, NY - Le Poisson Rouge
11/5 Philadelphia, PA - Johnny Brenda's
11/6 Brooklyn, NY - Union Hall
11/8 Chapel Hill, NC - Local 506
11/10 Atlanta, GA - The Earl
11/12 New Orleans, LA - The Parish
11/13 Denton, TX - Hailey's
11/14 Austin, TX - Emo's
11/17 San Diego, CA - Casbah
11/18 Los Angeles, CA - Spaceland
11/19 San Francisco, CA - Bottom of the Hill
11/21 Portland, OR - Doug Fir Lounge
11/23 Seattle, WA - Triple Door
11/24 Victoria, BC - Alix Golden Hall
11/25 Vancouver, BC - The Biltmore Cabaret
11/27 Edmonton, AB - Avenue Theatre
11/28 Calgary, AB - Broken City
11/29 Saskatoon, SK - Amigo's
11/30 Winnipeg, MB - Royal Albert Hall
12/2 Minneapolis, MN - 7th St. Entry
12/3 Chicago, IL - Empty Bottle
12/5 Toronto, ON - Opera House