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28 February 2018

WTSH EXCLUSIVE VIDEO PREMIERE: Zombie Girlfriend | Don't Fall in Love.

When The Sun Hits is thrilled to premiere the charming new video/single by Hungarian dream punk 4-piece Zombie Girlfriend. The featured song, “Don’t Fall in Love”, is the second single taken from the band’s forthcoming Wind LP, which will be out later this spring. You can stream and buy the lead single (also the title track), "Wind", on the group’s Bandcamp page.

Don’t Fall in Love” is an adrenaline-fueled burst of reverb and fuzz, both psychedelia-tinged and exuberant. With this new single, Zombie Girlfriend deftly merges a garage pop aesthetic with honeyed melodies and catchy lyrics, resulting in high-caliber dream pop.

The video for "Don't Fall in Love" was shot by Zita Csordás during the band’s Long Weekend Tour in February 2018.

14 February 2018

INTERVIEW: Shoe Shine Six.

Russian-based four-piece Shoe Shine Six hit our radar in January upon the release of their debut EP, Sunday. The EP features a handful of heavy, gorgeous tracks that would be impressive for a seasoned band, and they are even more so as a debut collection of tunes. If this is what SSS has for us coming out of the gate, we expect grand things from this project.

Shoe Shine Six is Katarina Voronina (vocals), Paul Alimpiev (guitar), Mike Tulubaev (bass) and Serge Markoff (drums). We highly recommend that you check out Shoe Shine Six’s Sunday EP, and do enjoy the following interview with the band’s founding members, Mike and Paul.

How and when was the band formed?
M: As a 4-piece collective we began to work during the spring of 2017, but to be honest, everything began at the end of 2015, when I met Paul. We found out that we have same music interests and decided to help each other to compose and modify the tracks. Eventually, somewhere near the end of 2016, we got the idea to search for other band members for live sets. It was hard, but finally we found a corresponding drummer, who brought the vocalist with him into the band. As I noted, it was in the spring of 2017. Then the hard work began, which led to our debut EP Sunday.

Can you tell us what the band has been working on and what you've got forthcoming in the near future (any new releases, tour, etc.)?
P: At the current moment we are working on new tracks, playing them at some local bars, concert halls, etc. Somewhere near the autumn we plan to release the new album.
M: What about tour… Well, we are thinking about it, it exists as a plan. Hopefully it could be at the earliest in spring – just a small set of cities in our country. We are open to any offers :)

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?
M: In my opinion, we belong with the current shoegaze scene, but on the other hand, we do not play canonical shoegaze or dream pop. There’s a Sonic Youth influence and others, as well. We play kind of heavy shoegaze. Therefore, I don’t think we don’t belong to single genre.
P: We are playing the music we want to play. Genre division is required, of course, for the listener. The listener wants to know what kind of music to expect from a band. Generally, a band isn’t interesting unless they introduce something new based on theirs views and tastes.

07 February 2018

TONIGHT! WTSH airs on DKFM @ 10pm ET.

WTSH airs in 1 HOUR! Tasty treats by Gliss, COLLAPSE, Wild Meadows, Fuzzy Feeling, Away Forward, Creature in the Spiral, The Voices, Wintermilk, WARM, VIM, Bellavista + MORE!

Stream live 10pm ET/9pm CT

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INTERVIEW: Citrus Clouds.

Citrus Clouds is a Phoenix-based project consisting of Erick Pineda, Stacie Huttleston and Angelica Pedrego. They hit the scene with their hazy brand of melodic dream pop back in 2015 with the release of In Time I Am. Since then they’ve presented two other excellent offerings – 2016’s Imagination and 2017’s ULTRA SOUND. Fresh off a recent tour, Citrus Clouds is now preparing for the release of a handful of new singles in 2018, with a forthcoming full length planned for 2019. Looking forward to all of it! Enjoy getting to know the band in the following interview.

How and when was the band formed?
Citrus Clouds formed in mid-2015 as a side project and we had no real intentions of playing out much. We didn't have any expectations really. We would practice a ton and tried to write the best songs we could. It was purely for fun and for us.

Can you tell us what the band has been working on and what you've got forthcoming in the near future (any new releases, tour, etc.)?
We've released our new EP ULTRA SOUND on Custom Made Music last September. We are working on releasing a few singles in 2018 and want to finish writing our 2nd full length, set to release in 2019 under the name Nothing Familiar. We want to explore different sounds and textures and are really excited about the new songs.

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?
I feel our sound definitely fits and has a place in the current shoegaze/dream pop scene. Our sound tends to be less reliant on guitar pedals and more on melodies and feelings. We call what we do Desertgaze because here in Phoenix, it gets really, really hot and depressing half of the year and although we make dreamy sounds, they tend to be a little more minimalist and dryer than a lot of current shoegaze stuff. Phoenix is definitely not England weather wise and that is reflected in the music we make. Really though, a genre can only give you a rough outline as to what kind of music a band makes. 

02 February 2018

INTERVIEW: Lake Ruth | By Elizabeth Klisiewicz.

I have a late breaking relationship with this fantastic psych by way of baroque dream pop band. I come up with these descriptions merely to guide the reader and potential listener to expect simply magical music. Because the way vocalist Allison Brice emotes around guitarist Hewson Chen’s and drummer Matthew Schulz’s complex and ornate arrangements is singular and fantastic. They sound like no one else on the planet but themselves. Yes, certainly there are signposts in their music that may provide a few hints, such as the band Love, or even Fairport Convention or The Left Banke. And really, it doesn’t matter what you think informs their work, you should enjoy it for the delectable sonic feast that it is. So onward to some questions for the band, who have a new album Birds of America coming out on February 16th.

Did you folks really meet on Facebook? Do tell.
AB: Hewson and I first virtually bumped into each other back in the MySpace days. I'm pretty sure that we were switched on to each other's music via Greg Hughes from Still Corners. Greg and I were fellow south Londoners at the time. Sadly, Hewson and I didn't keep in touch after MySpace folded, but in early 2015 found ourselves reunited via our mutual friend Phil Sutton from Pale Lights. On a silly Facebook thread he started about frozen food of all things…

HC: The interwebs brought Matt and I together too. I looked him up to hear what he sounded like and one of the first hits on YouTube was a cat car chase video: Holy Fuck's "Red Lights".  I pretty much knew we would work great from there.  I have cats in common with Matt, and TV dinners in common with Allison.

AB: I'm severely allergic to cats and have never been able to set foot in either Hewson or Matt's apartments!

You all have played or currently play in other bands (New Lines, The Silver Abduction). How do you find the time, and is this on top of regular day jobs?
AB: It's a challenge. We all have day jobs and are raising - or soon to be raising - young children. I think that when free time is in short supply, you just have to grab what you can get - focus, and get down to work.

MS: You have to choose between sleep and art. I still choose art.

HC: Time is a tough factor for sure, but the technology helps - like you can sketch in broad strokes with plug-ins before actually hooking up the Farfisa, or what have you...