Jeff Wilmott (drums and piano), Pete Moore (bass), Andrew Gray (guitar, keyboards), and David Steiner (vocals, keyboards) formed the London, England-based post-punk band In Camera in 1978.
"Final Achievement"/"Die Laughing" and the IV Songs EP, both released on 4AD
in 1980, featured a jagged, driving sound that prompted comparisons to Joy Division
, Public Image Ltd.
, and Section 25
. The band broke up in 1981 but released Fin, an EP of their December 1980 BBC session for John Peel, in 1982. Gray eventually joined another 4AD
act, the Wolfgang Press
, and remained with that band for roughly a decade. In Camera re-grouped during the early '90s and recorded a batch of new material that appeared on the compilation 13 (Lucky for Some). In 2015, they released a more elaborate anthology, Era, as a two-disc package. The compact disc edition contained all of the previously released 1980-1982 material, as well as demos, rehearsals, and live recordings from 1979-1981. The double vinyl edition contained fewer tracks. ~ Andy Kellman, Rovi