Postpunk? Shoegaze ? Pop? Hermetic Delight aren’t afraid to play with aesthetics, embracing a singular identity. With the release of Heartbeat 12’’, in 2013, their last maxi single that splashed all over the blogosphere, the five members of Hermetic Delight have built up a solid following and are a band to keep an eye on. Founded in 2011 & hailing from Strasbourg in France, we caught up with the band and asked them a few questions on Music, Future Plans & their involvement in Revolution - The Shoegaze Revival. Check it out:
WHO ARE YOU? TELL US ABOUT YOUR BAND AND HOW YOU ORIGINALLY CAME TOGETHER?
We are a 5 piece band from Strasbourg/France in 2 guitars, a bass, drums and a singer format. We’re making this music that is sometimes called to remind a good mixture of noise pop and shoegaze.
We can say that the band was actually formed by Delphine (drums). She took up drum lessons for a while and she wanted and needed to form a band. She had met Bob (bass) and Atef (guitar). They kept playing together for a while and when Geoffrey (guitar) and Zeynep (vocals) arrived in 2010, the actual line up was ready to go.
WHO ARE YOUR BIGGEST INFLUENCES?
This has always been a difficult question because each member in the band is into listening to various kinds of musical styles. Our tastes make an eclectic blend altogether but to start with, My Bloody Valentine, The Cure, Wire, Sonic Youth, etc. are what comes out as influences on both the sound and shape of our band.
WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO START MAKING MUSIC?
Everyone in the band has a different story to tell. Some of us started at really early ages some of us a little bit later. What inspired us maybe, is the urge to smash our heads on punk rock (as Sebadoh named it well.)
IS IT A SHOEGAZE REVIVAL OR A REBIRTH? WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT THE RECENT FILM 'BEAUTIFUL NOISE' AND REUNIONS OF SUCH BANDS LIKE RIDE, SWERVEDRIVER, MEDICINE & SLOWDIVE?
It is too early to tell whether this is a revival or a rebirth, but it somewhat seems like both of them are happening. I haven’t watched the film yet, but I definitely will. One of the best parts of this now is that we get to see many of these first-wave bands in live action. We missed the chance to see when they were active because many of us were too young and some of us weren’t even born yet. It’s also amazing that these bands are still great today and that they continue to write new stuff.
CAN YOU TELL US ABOUT YOUR INVOLVEMENT IN THE RECENT REVOLUTION SHOEGAZE REVIVAL COMPILATION?
All of a sudden, Gerpfast Kolektif from Indonesia contacted us to send a title for an upcoming joint shoegaze compilation with Ear to Ear Records, but we really didn’t know that this would be such a huge event! This has been a good occasion for us to consider how widespread the shoegaze community really is, and this is very exciting for us to receive such positive feedback from all around the world about this compilation.
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MUSICALLY, WHAT ARE YOUR BANDS PLANS OVER THE NEXT YEAR?
The next year for us will be about composing as much as we can for an album that we plan to release in 2016 but meanwhile we won’t totally leave live acts aside and we will surely make small surprise releases from time to time. We are in negotiation process with labels at the moment.
IF YOU HAD THE CHANCE TO COVER ANY ARTIST, WHO WOULD IT BE & WHY?
We already did two covers for a digital release that came up in 2013. The Funeral Party from The Cure (which is included in the compilation) and The Gravedigger’s Song from Mark Lanegan. The first reason was our desire to pay homage to two musicians, who we respect and love. At the same time, the idea to try to challenge ourselves by experimenting with these songs without totally turning them into mutants, but to reshape them in order to try give an essence of H.D. anyway, was a fun thing to try.
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IF YOU HAD TO PICK 1 OR 2 OR 3 WORDS TO DESCRIBE YOUR MUSIC, WHAT WOULD THEY BE?
Heartbeatful noise, edgy and danger.
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As the shoegaze music movement starts making waves a tsunami of love and passion for the music ensues. Shoegazer Sanctuary will be here, on Facebook, for Shoegazers who want to share and listen to the best Shoegaze around and find some of the most obscure tunes that sculpted this genre into what it is today. The music that preceded the Shoegaze/Nugaze of today deserves to be heard once again. We have found some of he most amazing music in obscure Shoegaze and want to keep sharing it and inspire members to search for it as we do. This is the Spirit of Shoegazer Sanctuary - Care to join us?
Shoegazer Sanctuary was created for Shoegazers period; people who are obsessed with the sound of a guitar being influenced by sound pedals and deep reverb effects that makes the music irresistible. It was initially a secret FaceBook group but was finally made 'public' in the hope of attracting many Shoegaze bands and fans alike that want nothing more than to love the music and share it night and day. It has been working out amazingly so far. Our Shoegazer (member) base keeps growing out of control like a wild fire, but more importantly than the numbers is the love for the music, ecstasy is more like it.
My name is JOE 'SHOEGAZER' GIANGRAVE & I manage the group and initially came up with the name. A Shoegaze obsessed mega fan, and as a song writer as well, I love the genre and cannot stop my search for the most obscure Shoegaze I can find and also continue my research for all things Shoegaze. I really owe where I am now in music to a band called 'The Joy Formidable', if it was not for them back in November of 2010 when I saw them live for the first time I do not believe my interest in shoegaze would have arrived to the obsession status it has reached today. They are the reason I believe in music once again. Thank You 'The Joy Formidable' - my heart is with you always!
So this is who we are in a nutshell. I hope you enjoy our featured Shoegazer playlist. This will be the first of many to come. We want to thank Del Chaney and Shauna McLarnon for sponsoring Shoegazer Sanctuary and giving us the chance to share our passion for Shoegaze with alot more people outside of Facebook.
Aren't you curious? Join and/or look us up on Facebook, and find out what all the hype is about - THIS IS SHOEGAZE!
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THE BLACK RYDER:
BLACK HEARTED BROTHER:
THE HIGH VIOLETS:
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ARTIST: The Marbles Jackson
RELEASE: Notes To The Dust
RELEASE DATE: 05/04/15
RECORD COMPANY: Feline Frequency Recordings
Every musical artist worth their salt with a dream of recording & releasing a body of work physically either on Vinyl, Cd or Tape will eventually run into a brick wall when it comes to funding their musical adventure’s because in every walk of life imaginable the mantra remains the same - ‘Money Makes The World Go-Around’. These days artists have a wealth of ways to generate cash (without gigging themselves to death) with one medium also allowing them to expand their fan-base at the same time! That pretty cool medium of garnering funds is called - Crowdfunding. One such act to do so are UK based sonic adventurers ‘The Marbles Jackson’ who after a successful crowdfunding campaign, raised enough funds to not only release their debut album ‘Notes To The Dust’ digitally but also fund a Vinyl release! Hailing from Hakney over in London Town - ‘The Marbles Jackson’ are: Terry Kirkbride - Guitars, Vocals, percussion & Mouth Organ, Naoko TakaHashi - Guitars & Backing Vocals, Smon Gwynne - Keys, Guitar & Sound Effects & Mikey Belfast Gibson - Bass and what they have created musically is nothing short of beautiful. Most of the tracks were written by Terry Kirkbride & Naoko Takahashi except - 'Nowt Will Ever Be The Same' & 'I Want Never Gets' by Kirkbride and 'What Remains' by Simon Gwynne. The album was Produced by Kirkbride and Takahashi, Engineered, Recorded and Mastered by Mark Jasper @ Sound Savers, Hackney, London & Mixed by Takahashi @ Shabby Road Studio, Hackney, London.
We have picked a few of our favourite tracks from ‘Notes To The Dust’ for the purposes of this review and you can read what we thought about them below:
Track 1 on this very impressive release opens up a portal to a world of daydreams, shoegaze & dream-pop. ‘If Symptoms Persist ( Nothing Wrong With Me )’ is a slice of laid back sonic heaven on a grand scale reminiscent in parts to early 90’s musical stalwarts such as Spiritualized & The Verve. Anyone new to this band is in for a treat as this is the entry point to a musical adventure you could only ever dream about. Beautiful in its conception with dreamy vocals and addictive guitar lines, it will evoke memories of life & love and have you floating on a wave of tone & reverb. Absolutely blissful.
Light & dark tones are magnified to shimmering brilliance on the albums second track - ‘Murder Mile Sunshine'. This is stunning. You stay fixed on the main vocal while a maelstrom of swirling effected guitars, immense backing vocals, lazy drum beat & hazy samples immerse you in a world of dreamscape infused shoegaze with immense psychedelic swirls.
‘Requiem For The Have It All’s’ - is a journey track. Beautiful vocal harmonies lead you in and caress your eardrums with intricate guitar lines, delayed tones & stunning ethereal vocal swells all intertwined around it's post-rock 'esque core. One for the headphones! Check it out:
Passionate, emotive & immense are all words that can be used to describe the feelings you get when you listen to track 8 on this stunning release. ’Running Man’ is a blissful ride through addictive guitars stabs, beautifully immersive reverb drenched vocal lines & swirling backing tracks that tells a sonic story through the medium of sound waves. Check it out:
It’s a strange thing these days for any band to touch this listener as deeply as ‘The Marbles Jackson’ have. Their attention to detail on every single one of the epic tracks on this release will stay with you long after you have finished listening to them & that’s a great thing in my opinion. Somehow they stick in your subconscious and you end up humming their tunes or speaking their lyrics at absurdly different & weird times of the day & for me that’s the mark of a great song and the total embodiment of a great band. I’ve been following the journey of this band intently ever since they got in touch with me about airplay on a radio show in early 2014. They haven’t disappointed & this album is a stunning body of work by a band that will leave you with a sweet taste in your mouth after every listen. Sonically sound & immensely beautiful ‘Notes To The Dust’ is album that every music fan should have in their collection. If you missed out on pre-ordering the album during their crowdfunding campaign, don't panic, you can still get your hands on a copy of 'Notes To The Dust' as it is available to order on Vinyl through www.RoughTrade.Com & will also be available via iTunes & the labels BANDCAMP PAGE from the release date.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Del Chaney has spent the last two years not only fronting popular Irish Electronic duo Analogue Wave, but also dedicating his time to uncovering the best artists in the Unsigned or Small Independent Label based Shoegaze, Dream Pop, Post-Punk & Post-Rock genre’s of music from all over the globe & reviewing them for this blog - The Primal Music Blog. His other arm - Primal Radio - has gained considerable respect from bands and promoters alike since its conception in 2013 & has hepled him in actively promoting a genre of music that he is passionate about. He also currently writes for Canadian based online music webzine ReplicantEars. Hailing from Dublin, Ireland, he is a keen Vinyl Collector, Tattoo Fan & all round good guy! He is a self confessed music freak & is never far away from a studio console or a turntable.
Artist: Lava Lite
Release: Lava Lite EP
Release Date: 23/04/14
Record Company: Unsigned
Lava Lite are a Shoegaze/Dream Pop band, formed in Saint-Petersburg, Russia in 2011. They are: Sergenty Timoshenko - guitar, keys & vocals, Nikita Tarakanov - guitar & keys, Paul Kostyaev - bass & Eugene Kulikov - drums, percussion & backing vocals. This band have slipped under the shoegazing radar but from the very first listen it sound's to me like they've put their boots on, kicked down the door & unleashed a mesmerising whirlwind of beautiful shimmering shoegaze on their latest 5 track, self-titled offering. We've chosen 3 tracks from this EP and you can read what we thought of them below:
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'Fear Of Silence', the first incredible track on the EP, with guitar nods to nirvana and bass lines similar to the ilk of dare I say it - 'Twiggy Ramierez'(Marilyn Manson) circa 1996, it's also got the fire of the smashing pumpkins! Check it out:
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Track 2- 'Have You Ever', is somewhere between 'Waterfall' by 'The Stone Roses' & 'Kevin Is Gay' by 'Giant Drag'. This song meanders on a little bit and is by no means the best offering to the shoegaze gods but it is a solid second track. The one thing I really like about this track is the vocal line as it sears around the tracks like water around a stone in a running river.
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On 'Can't You See', the third track on this epic EP we are treated to sparse bass lines, octaving smoothly as if they were lounging around in a funk track. It has an energy to it thats similar to the 'Brian Jonestown Massacre' but with its own vitality. It invokes a sort of 'post rum libido' for that special someone you only met 3 hours ago at the local bar. This track also comes with the standard wailing unison bend that we all know and love, the lazy guitar line that refuses to change key and the bass line's are playing very nice with the drums. This epitomises what shoegaze is all about & its one of my fave tracks on this lovely EP.
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From start to finish this EP is a display of music made by a band who have embodied the sonic culture completely by the way that they consume the music of the sophmoric shoegaze era ,eating other modern bands for dessert. The musicianship and production values on this EP are fantastic plus the songwriting is lush and the lead singers voice is immense. What I would love to hear from them is music in their own language, but moreover I can't wait to hear what they come up with next. Their sound is already very mature and their production impressive. 'Lava Lite' are ones to watch.
The EP was recorded & mixed by Vladimir Nosyrev at the Petersburg Recording Studio, Saint Petersburg, produced by Lava Lite & mastered by Andrey Subbotin at the Saturday Mastering Studio, Moscow and is available up on their band camp site - www.LavaLite.Bandcamp.Com
Robert Von Ciaran is the Vocalist, Guitarist, Producer & Engineer in Irish heavy shoegazers 'Tuath'. Hailing from Galway in Western Ireland Robert's musical influences span numerous genres and are far reaching. 'Tuath' are quietly establishing themselves as forerunners in Ireland's shoegaze & psych-rock scene.
'Tuath' are an Irish language prog/ psych/ noise/ gaze band from Donegal/Galway & Dublin in the Republic Of Ireland who specialises in recording, producing & self releasing magnificent soundscapes through the medium of gaze! The outfit started off as just Robert Mulhern, sick and tired of being let down by other musicians, he got together with a band hell bent on exposing the Irish language to a bigger audience. He decided that his native tongue would help spread the word & be the vehicle that was needed to get the Irish language out through their songs! Eventually the project was minimised to just himself & Ashley Mobasser ( Saxophone) for recording purposes only, with session musicians coming on board for live experimentations! Their debut 7 track EP - 'Tuath - An Taobh TAat(hail)' had its official release on 17th March 2015. We caught up with Rob & Ashley from the band and peppered them with a few question on influences, future plans & shoegaze! Check it out:
WHO ARE YOU? TELL US ABOUT THE FORMATION OF THE BAND & YOUR HISTORY?
'Tuath' was started by me (Rob) in my sitting room in Galway, Ireland. At the time of recording & mixing it I was in the process of working on an EP for another band of which I play bass in called 'The Death Letter Devils'. I was playing around with my loop pedal after a stressful day of mixing so I recorded some bland guitar chord progression for a song that will be on our second EP called 'Poll Mór',
I recorded drums, bass, 2 guitars and zero vocals for half of it and I used it to pretend that we were an already existing band and that we just needed a 'new drummer' & ' bassist' for it. Declan Huban(cracking drummer) and Dave Cigs(cracking bass player) fit the bill and off we went. My wonderful warrior girlfriend Rachel and I were running an open mic at the time and Ashley Mobasser showed up. We jammed over some Jazzy stuff and I invited him to be in the band. He accepted and off we went.
ASHLEY: Biggest influences are John Zorn, Herbie Hancock, Horace Silver & Black Sabbath,
ROB: My biggest influences are Wes Borland of Limp Bizkit, Deftones, Primus & Korn. I stopped listening to bands around the age of 20 because Techno and Dubstep seemed more interesting. I still don't really listen to music but have really fallen in love with 'The Northern Drones' from Dublin.
DESCRIBE YOUR SOUND?
Our sound is quite varied and will continue to change a lot due to the fact that much of it is coming directly from my (Robs) back catelog of the best of failed projects from different parts of my development. At the moment electronics are starting to become more stationary but there is talk of a desert rock EP in the not to distant future. Our first EP was largely progressive, noise rock & shoegaze with some elements of Techno. Our second EP is doom jazz influenced and damn near metal levels of palm muted guitars! The lyrics are largely about depressing stuff but Ashley and I are thinking of doing a 'Shadows' influenced spaghetti western type of thing with whisteling and trumpets and some telecasters! Drum n' Bass is a big influence of mine. Im going to donate money to the surviving Winstons members from the profits of our music. How much will depend on what I can afford, but we owe them a lot.
ASHLEY: What inspired me? Music was the only thing that gave my life a purpose and made me feel alive.
ROB: What inspired me to start making music was a few guys around me. My friend Eamonn McGee taught me the opening chords to 'Tonight Tonight' by the 'Smashing Pumpkins' & I was fascinated as it was the first thing I was able to do well & very quickly. Then I heard 'System Of A Down' and there was no quenching my thirst. Their first album has some of the best guitar work ever.
WHY IS IT IMPORTANT FOR THE WORLD TO HEAR YOUR MUSIC? WHAT KIND OF MESSAGE WOULD YOU LIKE TO SHARE WITH INTERNATIONAL LISTENERS?
The reason that I decided to sing in this band was because I didn't think anyone else would see my vision correctly and I didn't want to argue with anyone over the end decisions. Drawing on my experience in Portugal, a country whose culture is insanely rich and romantic and juicy and vibrant, all I could see everywhere were TV's playing VH1's nostalgic 80's pop hits, like - 'Girls Just Wanna Have Fun' etc etc. This upset me, as people were just kinda singing along and nobody even spoke English. So this lead me to really see how much the English language is gentrifying culture accross the Globe. These people are being exposed to mind numbing drivel when they could be exposed to the beautiful culture of 'Faro' music and other such things. This is when I decided that hearing brutal music on the radio (sung in english) & seeing Irish people acting like 'Tupac' when they have probably never even seen a gun their whole lives, just made me think that We Are Having The Piss Taken Out Of Us so I chose our native tongue as a medium of vocalisation. I have strong feelings about it. Also, my main gripe with it is that the language is being destroyed by Nationalism and guilt. When I was growing up I hated the language because it was forced down my throat by Nationalists - specifically in my Secondary School. It was Nazism on a smaller scale. I also don't care about 32 counties either. I think we need to leave them on their own. They have been living in the 'Occupied 6' for just as long as we foreign french 'gauls(gaels)' invaded Ireland for the first time and we invaded them first so Nationalism is just a tool that divides people and I could not care less about it. The Irish language is a beautiful, descriptive, floaty sounding language. It has with it - gutteral tones, lovely oohs & aahs that when combined with reverb and delay result's in top quality sounds and rhythms. It also obscures the measuring stick for me as nobody can really be compared to me vocally because nobody has done this before. If you take the reverb and delay away then my voice sounds like a frog croaking. The message I want to send is that our language is class. Its upsetting that we are willing to let it die as a language. It is a window into the past & words are the amber that preserve the mosquito of culture and to lose that is to lose the history of an entire people.
WHAT ARE SOME OF YOUR FAVOURITE BANDS & ALBUMS?
ROB: SOAD, Toxicity - Unknown Mortal Orchestra(all of it), Primus - Tales From The Punchbowl, Deftones - Saturday Night Wrist, Black Sabbath - Paranoid, Tool - Aenima, Aphex Twin - Drugs, Tame Impala(All Of It), Fear Factory - Archetype, Format B -Restless, Meshuggah - obzen. Miles Davis - Bitches Brew, Phantogram - Eyelid Movies, Holy Fuck - both Lp's...those guys are so awesome!, The Flying Eyes - Self Titles.
ASHLEY: Headhunters by Hancock, Ten by Pearl Jam, Cape Verdean Blues by Horace Silver & Aenima by Tool.
MUSICALLY WHAT ARE YOUR BANDS PLANS OVER THE NEST YEAR?
We plan to play all over the place! Release an album & 3 EP's, do a live soundtrack for a silent film(all the cool kids are doing it) & the grand mission is to be able to afford better equipment to make it so we can play more dense sets live with visuals and head to europe and the states for a tour(s).
ABOUT THE INTERVIEWER:
Del Chaney has spent the last two years not only fronting popular Irish Electronic duo Analogue Wave but also dedicating his time to uncovering the best artists in the Unsigned or Small Independent Label based Shoegaze, Dream Pop, Post-Punk & Post-Rock genre’s of music from all over the globe & reviewing them for this blog - The Primal Music Blog. His other arm - Primal Radio - has gained considerable respect from bands and promoters alike since its conception in 2013 & has hepled him in actively promoting a genre of music that he is passionate about. He also currently writes for Canadian based online music webzine ReplicantEars. Hailing from Dublin, Ireland, he is a keen Vinyl Collector, Tattoo Fan & all round good guy! He is a self confessed music freak & is never far away from a studio console or a turntable.
PINKSHINYULTRABLAST – RAVESTAR SUPREME
To me Pinkshinyultrablast’s – Everything Matters, is one the best releases this year. So I’m glad the band is creating new music videos to accompany their songs. ‘Ravestar Supreme’ is directed by Timothy George Kelly, the viewer is presented a psychedelic black and white glitch art video. Fluid, alive and flawlessly edited, a video you will want to put as a backdrop while you perform. The glitched slow motion heads look cool and fresh. As the music becomes faster so does the editing turning a mellow video in to a intense crazy strobe awesomeness.
The whole album is a warm entity, feels like a springtime in the forest, it probably was my viewers expectation to teleport somewhere in the woods and run around for just a short moment. And oh, the director has certainly thought about that, and delivered! So it’s definitely ultra-mesmerizing mix. Thumbs up Pinkshinyultrablast, whose latest is out via Club AC30 / Shelflife / Vinyl Junkie.
INDIGO SKY - HIDE
Indigo Sky's video for song "Hide" was the first I thought about, while I was choosing this week's music video list.
Why? Guys really put a lot of effort with their 2nd music video, and they definitely had fun with it.
The Camerawork is top-notch, with every shot well planned and tracked throughout the video, not to mention bits with aerial filming since that requires an extra effort. There is a lovely progression from the streets / the block [aerial] to the stage / the city [aerial], the band aims high and that’s the right way to go!
But what I really like about this video is the personality. Even though most of the video concentrates on the lead, [which makes sense since everyone in the band are supposed to hide], band members appear at the right moments, steal the screen time and rock it in the end. The director Tolli Myers, managed to show band the way they are without fakeness, and video gives me the feeling that I’m looking at a well-organized, well placed band that won't fall apart tomorrow. [We hope] This single was released through Wales-based indie label Ear to Ear Records, which is where the video was also shot.
FONOGRAM – LULLABY
Recently I found this wonderful wavy minimalistic video and I must say I’m impressed by the feelings it managed to deliver in combo with the song. Genre is always being associated by something watery, dreamy and something you probably won’t have in common with most of the people around you. But what happens when you find someone who shares your mind set, and sees the world way you do? This video of course! Your everyday waves turn in to something special.
Dariy Karyakin is a freelance experimental filmmaker, having been involved in this sphere for the past 7 years in various capacities. He is active in video journalism for several Latvian news agencies and also recently became a member of the international Krinum Art and Design team. He is dedicated to making music videos and short films, for which he has earned various awards and honours. To boot, he is an audiophile with a wide array of musical preferences and an entire FB wall full of music videos. He is always online because there’s always a video to make! His recent video Nocturne Blue ‘You’re The Only One I Really Want’ was praised by 6-time Emmy Winner Dutch Rall. He has also completed several videos for forthcoming release by dreampop shoegaze artists Ummagma & Sounds of Sputnik.
Italian shoegazing is on the rise as far as we're concerned here in the Primal Music Blog HQ. Every one of our contributing writers are in agreement. Italian 'Nu- Shoegaze' bands are creating some of the best sonic sounds around, not only in Italy, but in our opinion, some of the best in Europe!
CLUSTERSUN are an Italian based band riding the crest of the Italian shoegaze tidal wave right now. They create sonically astute, washy, loud shoegazey reverberations infused with blissful walls of sound, cold wave atmospheres & crystal clear dreamy melodies. The band are Marco Chisari - vocals & bass, Mario Lo Faro - guitars, Piergiorgio Campione - synthesizers, keyboards & backing vocals & Andrea Conti - drums. Hailing from Catania, Italy, the band have been together since the beginning of 2013. Their first selfproduced single “Be Vegetal” was included in the CD Summer Sampler 2013 published by american indie label Custom Made Music (Peter Hook & The Light, Freebass, Ringo Deathstarr, Dead Leaf Echo). After that they got signed to the italian indie label Seahorse Recordings for the release of the first album “Out Of Your Ego”. We caught up with the band as they prepare for their first American East Coast tour ( April 23rd to May 3rd - New York, Boston Philadelphia, Bethlehem, Providence, Lancaster, and Lowell) & asked them about their influences, band history & future plans. Check it out:
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Who are you? Tell us about your band and how you originally came together?
CLUSTERSUN are basically four long-time and really close friends from Catania, Italy, that enjoy making loud noises together. Everything started at the beginning of 2013, when all us four began to rehearse together just for having fun and playing loud. Very loud! We instantly found a wonderful feel and interplay between us: that comfortable sensation of speaking the same musical language, with cranked amps, reverbs and eyes pointed at our feet. So our strong human interconnection and common musical background helped a lot in moving things really fast. We soon self-produced our first song, "Be Vegetal" and put it on Soundcloud. The wonderful Dave Allison of U.S. indie label Custom Made Music heard it and appreciated it: he included it in CMM Summer Sampler, a compilation of shoegaze, post-punk, psych, garage from great acts of all over the world. That really pushed things up and was a big spotlight for us. A few weeks later we signed with Italian indie label Seahorse Recordings, run by Italian underground legend Paolo Messere: he brought us in the studio at the end of 2013 for recording our first album "Out Of Your Ego", which came out in April 2014.
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Describe your sound?
We try to mix shoegaze, dreampop, coldwave and psychedelia with hypnotic-obsessive bass lines, dark and cold drum pattern, a strongly expressive guitar with a range that goes from ambient ethereal mood to fuzz-and-reverb madness, fat analog synths and dreamy vocal melodies. Our album "Out Of Your Ego" came out with a distinctive airy-spacey-dreamy-ethereal mood that we love, but we are now at work exploring our fuzzier, grittier, dirtier side in the live renditions of the album tracks and especially in the new material that is coming out at rehearsals. We hate to stand still.
What do you love about shoegaze?
Shoegaze is a music that can bring you to another dimension, sonically and mentally. It lets you a lot of freedom and big room for experimentation, allowing your creativity to expand in many directions. From a musician’s point of view is like a place where you’re encouraged to breaking borders and pushing things at their limits.
Your song ‘Hipnosis’ is on the compilation ‘REVOLUTION – The Shoegaze Revival’. How did that come about and what does this all mean?
We were delighted to be involved In “REVOLUTION - The Shoegaze Revival”, which is an international compilation put together for Ear to Ear Records by a great artist and friend Shauna McLarnon – she is the vocalist in one of the bands we love most, Canadian-Ukrainian duo Ummagma. We were glad to contribute with our single “Hipgnosis”, that sits in excellent company alongside stunning tracks by 30 amazing bands from 16 countries of the world, covering 5 of the 6 inhabited continents: Orangenoise (Pakistan), Sounds of Sputnik (Russia), The Yours (Hong Kong), Trementina (Chile), Ummagma (Canada-Ukraine), Digilite (Indonesia), Jaguwar (Germany), Stellarscope (USA), Spool (Japan), Wozniak (Scotland), Ether Feels (Japan), Hideous Towns (Australia), Lights That Change (Wales, UK), Damascus (Indonesia), Weird. (Italy), Hermetic Delight (France), Rev Rev Rev (Italy), The Evening Primrose (Hong Kong), Stella Diana (Italy), Seaside (Indonesia), Blood Lips (UK), Magao (Japan), Clustersun (Italy), Duelectrum (Brazil), Intenna (Indonesia), Robsongs (Brazil), Slow Motion Picture (USA), Thud (Hong Kong), Sharesprings (Indonesia), and Puna (Peru). This compilation was released on British label Ear To Ear Records and the Indonesian label Gerpfast Kolektif – this is one of the major shoegaze events of 2015, a detailed representation of what shoegaze was, is and also where it could go, as confirmed by the great endorsement and support by legends like Creation Records co-founder Joe Foster, Graham Bonnar (Swervedriver/ Brian Jonestown Massacre), Stephen Lawrie (The Telescopes), and Louise Trehy (Swallow/ Strata Florida). We are so proud to be part of this. [Editor’s note: check out our recent interview with Joe Foster here].
Why is it important for the world to hear your music? What kind of message would you like to share with international listeners?
We can only say we make visionary music for visionary people, in the most genuine and honest way; we don’t pretend to deliver a particular message to our listeners, maybe an aesthetic ideal.
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Musically, what are your bands plans over the next year?
2015 is going to be a really great year for us! In just a few days we’ll announce our first American tour, 9 gigs on the East Coast between New York, Boston Philadelphia, Bethlehem, Providence, Lancaster, and Lowell, from April 23rd to May 3rd. After that we’ll plan touring in Italy and Europe for summer. We are also still at work on new material and it's a very productive and inspiring time for us. We have completed a bunch of new songs that are coming out in a grittier, edgier and more aggressive mood compared to the ones on the album.
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Can you name some bands from your country or elsewhere as recommended listening?
So many great emerging acts to discover in our country, we highly recommend Rev Rev Rev, Stella Diana, Novanta, My Invisible Friends, In Her Eye, A Modern Way To Die, Weird, La Casa Al Mare, The Crackers, Kimono Lights, 86Sandals, Sonic Jesus, Snow In Mexico, Last Movement, Electric Floor, Allie’s Dope, Winter Severity Index, Klam, Ash Code, and Geometric Vision. You will be able to hear (and download) many of them on the compilation out this week from Shoegazin’ Your Waves.
Is there anything else you'd like to share with our readers?
Keep following CLUSTERSUN at the links below.
Duelectrum are a shoegaze/noise pop band from São Paulo, Brazil, formed by Filipe Albuquerque (guitars), Franklin Weise (bass) and Elson Barbosa (drums), who also plays bass guitar in the super indie post-rock group Herod. As a duo (Filipe e Franklin), Duelectrum independently released the "Duelectr1" EP in 2001, which is now out of print. The "Electrolândia" EP was released in 2008 by Pisces Records and Sinewave.
Sinewave released the "Tempestadestelar" EP, which contains songs recorded between 2002 and 2005, in 2002, as well as the single "Chocolate Love" in 2008. In August 2014, the band released "She Doesn't Feel the Sun" (EP), with a guest appearance by Lucas Lippaus (Herod, Hopping to Collide With, S.O.M.A.) on guitars.
When we talk about modern day shoegazing bands, Brazil based Duelectrum are never far away from peoples lips! Their explosive walls of reverb laden sound are electrifying, emotive, passionate & expressive. Their live shows are a full on assault on your senses, bringing their fans on a musical journey with every note that they play! With their recent inclusion on the massive duel label, shoegaze compilation release - 'Revolution The Shoegaze Revival' on both 'Ear To Ear Records' & 'Gerpfast Kolektif Records', we caught up with the band and peppered them with some intrusive questions on all things music. Check out their frank but agreeable answers below:
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Who are you? Tell us about your band and how you originally came together.
I'm Filipe Albuquerque, I was born and raised in São Paulo, Brazil, currently living in Curitiba, Paraná, Brazil. We started Duelectrum in May 1999 as a duo, with just Franklin Weise and I. At the very beginning, we used to play with a drum machine. Since them, we started to play some concerts (not much) and we recorded four EPs — Duelectr1 (2001); Eletrolândia (2008); Tempestadestelar (2009); and She Doesn't Feel The Sun (2014). We also issued one single — Chocolate Love (2010).
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Who are your biggest influences?
Hard to say, but the shoegaze stuff from late 80's and early 90's, plus some of current bands. Jesus and Mary Chain, Cocteau Twins, the first three Starflyer 59 albums, MBV, Spacemen 3, Astrobrite, Nothing, and Whirr.
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What inspired you to start making music?
Listening to good records, and seeing great bands playing live.
The idea of taking some pop approach, with great melodies, with noisy and loud guitars, some feedback and smooth vocals.
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Is it a Shoegaze revival or a rebirth? What do you think about the recent film 'Beautiful Noise' and reunions of such bands like Ride, Swervedriver, Medicine and Slowdive?
I think this kind of sound has always been there since the late 80's, influenced by 60's garage bands. The comeback of these bands you mentioned, and the documentary, all these things have brought some light to the sound. Plus there are a huge number of new bands making some good noise, who are keeping the scene rocking. But I cannot really say if this is a revival or even a rebirth, because I really don't know.
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What can we expect to see happening with Duelectrum in the near future?
To release a full length and also give some concerts. We just want to make a lot of noise as loud as we can and sing about ordinary stuff.
From Brazil we have - Herod, This Lonely Crowd, Loomer, Traveling Wave, Justine Never Knew the Rules, The Soundscapes...
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If you had the chance to cover any artist who would it be, what song and why?
We recorded a version of “Eisbaer” by Grausone, in our EP released last year. Also, we used to play Slowdive and some Starflyer 59 tunes at past concerts. For the next record, we have the idea of making a version of a song called "Minha Vida" from a Brazilian hitmaker named Lulu Santos. The lyrics from that song are great, and I think we can make a good noisy version of that song.
If you had to pick 1 or 2 or 3 words to describe your music, what would they be?
Pop, Noisy, Loud.
God bless you all!
Artist: Wild Meadows
Release: Wild Meadows EP
Release Date: 23/04/15
Record Company: Unsigned
With so much good music coming out of Australia these days is hardly surprising when I tell you that another brilliant band from that immense continent got in touch with the blog to announce their debut EP. We've touched on Melbourne based shoegaze/dream-pop bands before on the Primal Music Blog, so you all should know by now just how good bands emerging from that city are at creating immensely sounding atmospheric soundscapes. 'Wild Meadows' are no different! Hailing from Melbourne primarily, but with band members originating in Birmingham, Wellington & Adelaide also, 'Wild Meadows' have a distinctly early 90's shoegaze sound with an underlying nod to 60's psych-pop & 80's electronica all intertwined with an impressive modern day 'nu-gaze' twist. The band are: Kat Karamitros - vocals & keyboards, James Ross - guitar & vocals, Donovan Pill - bass, Chris Rodgers - guitar & Tom S - drums. Their self-titled debut EP is penned in for released on April 23rd 2015 at the Tote, Collingwood and you can check out what we thought of it below:
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The 4 track ’Wild Meadows EP’ opens up with the immense - ‘Colours’. A distinctive post-punk edge adorns this modern day gazing gem with swirling effected guitars, a beautiful vocal line & a really addictive bass track. Fans of Philadelphia based outfit - ‘The Morelings’ will love this track. The chorus explodes onto the musical landscape announcing the arrival of yet another amazing Melbourne based post-punk infused shoegazing outfit. Sublime!
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Track 2 - ‘Jennifer’, is a journey back in time to the early 90’s with its melodic vocal lines, swells of reverb drenched guitars & power-pop explosions! Reminiscent in parts to early 90’s, UK based - ‘Chapterhouse’, this is stunning example of a band in tune with their musical influences & surroundings! The songwriting & song structuring on this track are immense and coupled with the production makes this debut EP's stand out track for me. It has this addictive chorus break that will have you hooked from the very first listen & what’s going on under the vocal track is nothing short of beautiful. ‘Jennifer’ - is the bedrock of this entire EP as far as I’m concerned and that makes it possibly my favourite track. But don’t take my word for it, go & check it out for yourself:
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Track 3 ‘Save Yourself’ may lean more towards garage & 60’s psych-pop with it’s guitar stylings but it’s all about the vocal track on this one for me! Kat Karamitros (Vocals & Keyboards) has an alluring tone to her vocal that keeps you interested in the tracks that she takes the lead on. Both - ‘Save Yourself’ & this EP’s opening track - ‘Colours’, have a depth to them and I believe it’s down to Karamitros vocal abilities. They sit really well with a layered wall of reverb effected guitars, driving bass & explosive drums. Check it out:
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The closing track on this impressive debut release from Melbourne based gazers ’Wild Meadows’ entitled - ’Stare At The Sun’ is another solid, early 90’s sounding melodic track full of impressive song writing and catchy production. Im not sure of the bands influences and if I offend them in any way I apologise in advance, but I can hear ‘The Soup Dragons’ & early ‘Pearl’ era ’Chapterhouse’ on this track and it doesn't disappoint at all. Go check it out:
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This is a brilliantly executed debut release from ‘Wild Meadows’. It showcases some really impressive songwriting skills with tracks that loop & arc through layers of effected sound-waves & vocal tones to die for. It will have you wanting to hear more from them & I look forward to hearing what comes next? A full release will tell more & until then I wish them well.
You can get your hands on this EP by heading over to the bands Bandcamp Page and supporting them there.
Del Chaney - The Primal Music Blog - March 2015 - Dublin, Ireland.
Del Chaney has spent the last two years not only fronting popular Irish Electronic duo Analogue Wave but also dedicating his time to uncovering the best artists in the Unsigned or Small Independent Label based Shoegaze, Dream Pop, Noise-Rock & Post-Rock genres of music from all over the globe & reviewing them for this blog - The Primal Music Blog. His other arm The Primal Radio Show has gained considerable respect from bands and promoters alike since its conception in 2013 & has helped him in actively promoting a genre of music that he is passionate about. He also currently writes for Canadian based online music webzine ReplicantEars. Hailing from Dublin, Ireland, he is a keen Vinyl Collector, Tattoo Fan & all round good guy! He is a self confessed music freak & is never far away from a studio console or a turntable.
Slow Motion Picture are a New York based 5 piece band who's immense atmospheric sound spans many genre's, from Shoegaze & Indie through into Space Rock & the realm of the epic Film Score. Their debut album - 'In Memory Of…' is covered in layers of hidden meanings and buried references to characters its listeners will never actually meet, yet still takes its audience on a journey of pure empathy. Each of the album’s ten songs are based upon a ghost story that multi-instrumentalist/guitarist Brian Caesar (As Tall As Lions) wrote in his early twenties as a way to cope with the passing of his father. Filling each song with haunting vocal melodies, luscious orchestral accompaniment and endless layers of fuzz driven guitars, Caesar, along with former vocalist Lauren Edman (Sleepthief), developed a sound that blended the depth of modern film scores with an airy timbre reminiscent of the shoegaze bands of the early 90’s. Bringing in drummer Aaron Kelly, bassist Dan Timmons and keyboard/synth player Marco Talamo enabled Edman and Caesar to finally bring these songs to the stage in 2013. The band recently added the heart-stopping voice of Scottish singer/multi-instrumentalist Anna Popplestone to its lineup and are looking forward to playing several dates in support of their new LP.
With their recent inclusion in the epic duel label release, 30 band shoegaze compilation - 'Revolution -The Shoegaze Revival', we caught up with the band to ask them about their influences, shoegaze tendencies & what the future holds for them musically. We'd like to extend our sincerest gratitude to the band for taking the time to answer our questions. Check it out:
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Who are you? Tell us about your band.
My name is Brian Caesar and I am in a band called Slow Motion Picture. We started originally as a duo writing songs under a different name. I had some musical accompaniments to these ghost stories that I had written after my father passed on a few years prior and started working with Lauren Edman (our former singer) to try to make these ideas work as songs.
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How did you originally come together?
We would email music, lyrics and top line melody ideas to each other back and forth and they quickly just turned into the songs that I always wanted them to be. We ended up recording a demo EP with some of the songs that would later end up on our debut album that came out this past year. When we wanted to start playing some shows we brought in Aaron Kelly our drummer and after a few different other players were able to finally settle on Dan Timmons as our bassist and Marco Talamo as our keyboard player.
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Who are your biggest influences?
Sigur Ros, Verve, Florence + The Machine, Fleetwood Mac, Smashing Pumpkins, Elbow, Doves, Mew, Ned's Atomic Dustbin, Catherine Wheel, Swervedriver.. to name a few. Otherwise, I am highly influenced by a lot of film scores. All of those intricate parts and textures that awaken your senses and help you empathize more with the characters are what I strive to do in my writing.
I'm glad that you worded it that way and not "What is your genre?" .. we cross over a lot of different genres and sub genres within our sound. I like to think of it as cinematic indie space rock.
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I feel that shoegaze really encompasses a lot of the same emotional qualities that film scores have. The driving guitars, the clashing melodies all of it just creates this amazing tonality that takes you somewhere else. I can honestly say that it is my favorite genre because to me it is the only genre to truly capture emotion and surround you with it.
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Is it a Shoegaze revival or a rebirth? What do you think about reunions of such bands like Ride, Swervedriver, Medicine and Slowdive?
I actually don't think that shoegaze ever really left, but these days it's getting turned on to more and more people. The Grunge era, and Brit-pop eras came in and took over for a bit on the surface, but a lot of those bands had that 'shoegaze' undertone to them. I can't listen to Smashing Pumpkin's Siamese Dream and not think that there is a lot of the same fuzzed out shoegaze that there is on Swervedriver's Duel or MBV's Loveless. Some people say that shoegaze kind of tapered off, but on the contrary since the first appearance of the genre, more and more films, television shows and even commercials started incorporating its influence into their background scores. It was always there directing our feelings in one direction or another. I feel that more recently with bands like M83 & Sigur Ros bringing together these grandiose symphonic ideas and being able to break them up into song structure, that it almost is the evolution of classical film score.
Swervedriver and Slowdive were two of my favorite bands ever. Getting the chance to see them again will be magical. And the fact that they're all selling out much larger venues than they used to play is just further proof that shoegaze has never left.
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Can you tell us about your involvement in the Revolution shoegaze compilation?
I am a huge fan of Ummagma and Sounds of Sputnik. When 'Ear to Ear Records' asked if we would be on this amazing compilation, I jumped for joy. I didn't even know what it was going to be, but hearing that we'd get to be on a compilation with two of my favorite bands got me so excited. Then upon seeing the list of artists featured on it., my mind was blown.. I feel like I am part of something historic. Like I'm on one of my favorite soundtracks.
Music is a way for me to heal. It is probably the way that I communicate best with the world and seeing that it has had an effect on listeners tells me that I did something right.
We're hoping to play a bunch more shows along the East Coast and start working on a new EP.
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