Just to brush you up on this music genre, it involves layers and layers of guitars and indistinguishable vocals. Journalists called it 'shoegazing' because the musicians and fans are often staring at their shoes. As insulting as the name is, it stuck.
There is a movement among fans to re-define the music as 'stargazing', which is a good idea... but I doubt the term will catch on.
Check out Amy & Vu's Shoegazing Podcast to get a better introduction to the genre.
Bands on our list:
The Scottish shoegazing/alternative band The Jesus and Mary Chain has a new book written by Zoë Howe called The Jesus and Mary Chain: Barbed Wire Kisses (named after their 1999 album) out today on St Martin's Press. I thought I read this was the band's first biography, which Record Collector described as "engaging throughout." The biography follows the story of brothers Jim and William Reid and their journey to Alan McGee's Creation Records and beyond.
Psychocandy Live November Dates
The Jesus and Mary Chain tour dates:
20/11/14 Manchester Academy
21/11/14 Glasgow Barrowlands
23/11/14 Glasgow Barrowlands
24/11/14 London Troxy
16/02/15 Liverpool Guild of Students
17/02/15 O2 Academy Leeds
18/02/15 Newcastle O2 Academy
21/02/15 Norwich Norwich UEA
22/02/15 Rock City Nottingham
23/02/15 Brighton Dome
25/02/15 Birmingham Digbeth Institute
26/02/15 O2 Academy Bristol
27/02/15 Park Place, Cardiff Great Hall
Nothing and Whirr recently recorded two new songs with producer Will Yip. The Yip songs will be on a split 12", which will come with a full-length Whirr/Nothing 'In The Studio' documentary DVD.
Nothing Tour Dates:
11/12 - Hafenklang - Hamburg, Germany
11/13 - Loppen, Christiania - Copenhagen
11/14 - Inkonst - Malmö, Sweden
11/15 - Revolver - Oslo, Norway
11/16 - Kulturhuset Lava - Stockholm
11/18 - Dynamo - Eindhoven, Netherlands
11/19 - Jugendhaus West - Stuttgart
11/20 - De Kruen - Kortrijk, Belgium
11/21 - Green Door Store - Brighton, UK
11/22 - The Oobleck - Birmingham, UK
11/23 - Broadcast - Glasgow, UK
11/24 - Brudenell Social Club - Leeds, UK
11/25 - Birthdays - London, UK
11/26 - Het Bos - Antwerp, Belgium
11/27 - OCCII - Amsterdam, Netherlands
Russian five-piece Pinkshinyultrablast just released their first single "Umi" on November 10th via Club AC30. The song (taken from their forthcoming album Everything Else Matters) is described as evoking the spirit of bands like Slowdive, Lush, and The Cocteau Twins.
Disdain for a stagnant scene can often be a driving force of creativity; the band say of St Petersburg that, “we realised the local indie scene was totally boring and wanted to play something radically different”.
Los Angeles shoegaze rockers Draag recently shared their latest single "Lavender Hole", from their forthcoming EP Tracii Lordz.
Draag started in the fall of 2013 as the solo recording project of Adrian Acosta (guitar, programs, vocals) who would later recruit Jessica Huang (guitar, keys, and vocals), Adrian De La Cruz (guitar), Carlos Michel (bass, sampler) and Danny Rossi (drums).
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Italy's Rev Rev Rev has a debut single "Catching a Buzz" (released via new One Little Indian imprint Win-Win Records) out now, which you can hear on Mark Radcliffe's 6music show last month.
The band is mostly Sebastian Lugli and Laura Iacuzio, but when they play live, there's also bassist Andrea Dall'Omo and drummer Giovanni Sisillo.
London based Tibican has a new EP called It Runs Deep.
The band is described as "Indie/Shoegaze mixed with a tinge of psychedelic garage", and influenced by My Bloody Valentine, Mogwai, Muse, Foals, etc.
Tibican are Domenico Scialo (guitar/vocals), Peter Saunby (guitar), Cathal Wharton (bass), and Marc Saunders (drums/vocals).
Utrecht trio Stillwave (Michaël van Putten, Marcel Jongejan and Adriaan Hogervorst) semi-recently released their single "Rich Ones" from their eponymous self-titled EP (which they described as sounding like Merchandise, The National, My Bloody Valentine).
Their upcoming single "Slow Binders" will be out November 25th.
Originally formed in Moscow in 2003, Ummagma (Canadian Shauna McLarnon and Ukrainian Alexx Kretov) is currently based in Ukraine.
Their latest album Kiev Remixes came out October 31st on Emerald & Doreen Recordings, and the duo has received support from Robin Guthrie (Cocteau Twins) and Malcolm Holmes (OMD).