"Motorcycle Song" is taken from this Floridian group's recently released 7 inch, which you can stream and/or purchase via their Bandcamp page. Highly recommended for those who like their shoegaze laced with the endearing jangle of c86 indie pop.
Thud is a Hong Kong quintet founded in 2012 by brothers Wang (bass) and Wai (drums). The project features Sky and Andy on guitars and Kim on vocals and synths. Their outstanding 2015 EP Floret can be acquired in digital and CD formats here. The band is working on their first full-length, of which we presume "Prime of Pride" is a foretaste. Check out Kim's graceful movements as she sings.
Rev Rev Revis
a psychedelic/shoegaze group based in Modena, Italy comprised of Laura
Iacuzio, Sebastian Lugli, Andrea Dall'Omo and Greta Benatti. The foursome first
made waves in 2013 with their stunning self-titled LP, which they followed up
with this year’s incomparable Des fleurs magiques bourdonnaient. The lovely album title translates as “Magic flowers droned” and was inspired
by an Arthur Rimbaud quote.
undulations of distortion and noise, Des
fleurs magiques bourdonnaient perfectly captures the sonic sorcery of the
firstwave of shoegaze, radiating vibrations both nostalgic and enchanting. Simultaneously,
the album delivers a fresh and inspiring take on the classic shoegaze sound,
one that resonates as being the very pulse of the genre’s extraordinary
international resurgence. Significant and essential, to say the least.
To counter the
band’s Rimbaud quote with one of our own – Rev Rev Rev has “made the
whirling world stand still” with the gorgeous sounds on Des fleurs magiques bourdonnaient. We are proud to share this interview with you.
Unless otherwise indicated, Laura is the member answering the questions. Enjoy.
Can you tell us what the band has been
working on and what you've got forthcoming in the near future (new releases,
released our second album and the CD is already sold out, so we are currently
doing a reprint with the U.S. label Neon Sigh. As for live activity, since the
release we've played just a bunch of shows, including the awesome Cosmosis Festival
in Manchester and an opening for Ringo Deathstarr. Andrea (our bass player) is
about to recover from a shoulder injury. Then we're touring UK in October,
we're going to announce the dates soon. Eventually we plan to gig around in the
rest of Europe.
Do you consider your music to be part of
the current shoegaze/dream pop scene, or any scene? Defining one's sound by
genre can be tiresome, but do you feel that the band identifies closely with
any genre? How do you feel about genres in music, in a general sense?
As you said, we
feel part of the shoegaze/dream pop scene around the world. It may be because
the country we live in is marginal in pop-rock music, but we don't have
experience of geographically-defined scenes. Regarding genres that identify our
sound, the best term is probably shoegaze, but, we feel also, a lot of
psychedelia, and some space rock, noise, post-punk...
genres, we don't agree with the cliché saying that music cannot be categorized
by genre. They are of course only a rough indication, but still can be very
useful to find bands able to give you the kind of vibes you're looking for.
What do you think of modern shoegaze/dream
pop/psychedelia artists, any favorites?
contemporary scene is awesome, there are so many good bands it's very hard to
name just a bunch. Anywayamong our
favorites are Ringo Deathstarr, The Stargazer Lilies, Flyying Colours, No Joy
on the shoegaze side; and Dead Skeletons, Holy Wave, The Cult of Dom Keller on
the psych side. Also in Italy both scenes (shoegaze and psych) are growing more
and more interesting, alongside great bands like Stella Diana, Clustersun, New
Candys and Sonic Jesus, there's a lot of good young bands you'll hear of in the
By the way, at
the end of the day, I would include in the modern scene also “old school”
bands like the Brian Jonestown Massacre or even MBV, Spacemen 3, Loop and JaMC.
They're more modern than anybody else and always will be... :)
What is the most important piece of gear
for your sound? Any particular guitars/pedals/amps that you prefer?
prefer to concentrate on a limited range of effects: no
phasers/flangers/choruses/delays, but a huge amount of fuzz and reverb. A large
part of my pedal board is made of self-constructed stompboxes: a couple of fuzz
pedals, a sort of crazy looper-feedbacker that I called “Fear and Loathing”,
and the Mush-Trem, an on-the-fly variable rate tremolo. On the “industrial”
side, a pivotal effect for my sound is the Yamaha reverse gated reverb.
What is your process for recording your
music? What gear and/or software do you use? What would you recommend for
We're quite a
whitefly in the contemporary scene, as we live record our songs. When the band
plays together, a totally different vibe comes out, sort of a 2+2=5. Then we
overdub a layer or two, of course, but generally the core of what you hear in
our songs is the live take. Maybe it's a Sixties thing, but it was also the way of
doing things at Creation Records, so most of the bands we love have recorded
recording studio, for this record we've worked with Wax Studio in Rome, and it
was great because they completely share our background. The tracks have been
digitally recorded with Pro Tools, then they've been mixed on an analog console
– and we definitely recommend this.
Can you tell us a little about the band’s
song writing process?
usually comes out from Sebastian's ideas, in terms of song structure, sound
layers and melody (this one sometimes is Laura's); then everyone works on their
parts. The lyrics, again written by Laura or Sebastian, are added at a later
When it comes to label releases versus
DIY/Bandcamp and the like, what is your stance, if any? Everybody knows how tight are the margins
in the music industry, nowadays, and a lot of small labels react by exploiting
the bands themselves (at least, that's what's happening in Italy). That said, working with a good label (and there are some
around the world!) can still bring advantages both to the band and to the
Do you prefer vinyl, CD, cassette tape or
mp3 format when listening to music? Do you have any strong feelings toward any
Each medium has its own raison d'être...Even the technology-wise weakest,
cassette, has its own charm and also it played a major role in shoegaze's
birth...Kevin Shields himself had the idea of glide-guitar listening to the
D.A.F.'s experiments varying the tape speed.
What artists (musicians or otherwise) have
most influenced your work?
Valentine, The Jesus and Mary Chain, Spacemen 3, The Velvet Underground, Loop,
Mazzy Star, Dinosaur Jr., The Brian Jonestown Massacre.
Can you tell us a little about what you are
currently into (books, films, art, bands, etc.)?
We listen to
lot of different music, from Steve Reich to Holy Wave...Whenever a good
international act stops in our area, we try to make it. Same for art: we've
just visited the Brian Eno audio-visual installation “77 million paintings” for
Palazzo Te in Mantova. In general terms, we tend to like contemporary art. As
for books, we are not such good readers, so we try to concentrate on good
books...Some of the authors we like the most are C. Pavese, C. Baudelaire, R.
Yates, E. Hemingway, I. Calvino, J. Fante, D.F. Wallace, D. DeLillo, F. M. Dostoevsky.As for cinema, among our favourite directors
are Wenders, Jarmusch, Von Trier, Fellini, Bergman, Eisenstein, Coen brothers,
If you had to choose one track that was the
ultimate definition of your sound, which would it be and why?
We don't think
a single track can describe our sound...Maybe in our first record “Catching a
buzz” could work, but in Des fleurs magiques bourdonnaient we've explored
different sonic dimensions so you need to listen to all the twelve tracks to
have an idea. :)
Photos by Dario Vinazzani / Visual projections by Stefano Covili
Ozean is an obscure
early 90s dream pop band from the United States. This clip compiles three of
Ozean’s songs – Fall, Porcelain and Scenic – which were included on a demo tape
that the band recorded in 1992. An ex-band member, Eric Shea, pulled the
demos out of the murky shadows earlier this year and uploaded them.
songs were lost to time and hadn’t been heard in 20 years. Today, the songs still sound remarkable and lovely – very much in the vein of Slowdive, but clearly nuanced with Ozean’s
own style. Having this once-buried treasure now available for streaming on
Youtube is gift enough, but if you take a look at the comment thread under the
clip, your faith in humanity might be restored.
"The Problem With Redheads" is taken from T.A.U.T's debut LP, Remain, which was released via the incomparable Dais Records in 2015. The video, just like the song, is enchanting. Hoping for new material from this duo soon...
is the first song shared from Lorelle Meets the Obsolete’s forthcoming LP,
Balance, which will be released September 16 via Captcha Records and Sonic Cathedral. “La Distinción” resonates with the mind-bending sonic groove that
LMtO does so well, but there’s also a new sparkle to their sound, a refinement
of atmosphere that promises exciting aesthetic progression on Balance. The duo, based
in Guadalajara, México, has been steadily releasing albums featuring their
unique blend of shoegaze and psychedelia since 2011’s On Welfare, each record more
brilliant than the last. We expect Balance to follow that trend. Pre-order the
"Google is my Boyfriend" is taken from Undone's full length LP, Family,
which was released earlier this year. Undone is based in Macedonia and
is an open band - a revolving cast of musicians from the same artistic
circle contribute to each incredible record they release. We are very
excited to share an interview with Ronit Bergman - a permanent fixture
in the band - in the coming days.