Ten Best Shoegaze-Related Events of 2014

A rundown of the 10 best shoegaze-related events of 2014 is better late than never, right?  Just like the reformation, continuation, or news of these original shoegaze-tagged bands some 20 years after their initial glory days during the 1990s U.K. music scene.  The (re)evaluation of the impact of bands like My Bloody Valentine, Slowdive, and Swervedriver is in full swing these days, so without further ado, here is a listing of the top shoegaze-related moments that occurred last year:

ShoegazeBeautifulNoise

1.  The Beautiful Noise documentary which premiered at various film festivals and covers such influential bands of the shoegaze genre as My Bloody Valentine, Slowdive, Ride, Lush, and Curve.

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Video still of Miki and Phil of Lush onstage at JAMC gig

Video still of Miki and Phil of Lush onstage at JAMC gig

2.  A rare sighting of Miki Berenyi of Lush joining The Jesus And Mary Chain on stage (Phil King of Lush now plays bass in JAMC on tour.) for a one-off of “Just Like Honey”.

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Toni Halliday as Chatelaine

Toni Halliday as Chatelaine

3.  “Nowhere To Hide”, a newer song from the captivating Toni Halliday of Curve (and currently as Chatelaine), was used in a promo for the Sochi Winter Olympic Games by ESPN in South America.

SPC ECO - The Art of Pop

SPC ECO – The Art of Pop

4.  Dean Garcia, also of Curve, has been making sonic waves in recent years as SPC ECO with daughter Rose Berlin and their latest album, The Art of Pop, featuring Rose’s ethereal vocals and crisp electro-pop, is out now.

Strata Florida - Made of Stars

Strata Florida – Made of Stars

5.  Louise Trehy, formerly of the duo Swallow on 4AD, returned in spectacular dream-pop fashion as her latest incarnation Strata Florida, signing to Saint Marie Records and releasing the stunning album Made of Stars.

Secret Shine - Each Time/Anything About Me

Secret Shine – Each Time/Anything About Me

6.  The swoon-worthy shoegaze band Secret Shine went on hiatus way back in 1996 and over 10 years later released 2 wonderfully sweeping dream-pop albums (All of The Stars in 2008 and The Beginning and the End in 2011).  Secret Shine recently signed to Saint Marie Records and released the new single Each Time/Anything About Me.  Listen to “Anything About Me“.

Swervedriver - I Wasn't Born To Lose You

Swervedriver – I Wasn’t Born To Lose You

7.  The members of the shoegazer/dream-rock band Swervedriver have announced their 1st album in16 years, along with a string tour dates and the release of “Setting Sun” off the upcoming album I Wasn’t Born To Lose You.

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ShogazeRide 8.  After a rocky disbanding in 1995, the guys of Ride decided to reunite for a 2015 tour of select cities/music fests that will take them through the U.K., Europe, and North America in April, May, and June (with many of the shows already sold out).  The latest news is that a new album is in the works.

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ShoegazeSlowdive

9.  Slowdive, the mesmerizing shoegaze band that released the glorious Souvlaki album, has reunited, whisking through a whirlwind North American tour in October and November of 2014 and currently creating a new album.

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ShoegazeMBV

10.  Seminal shoegaze band My Bloody Valentine is working on a new EP, but who knows when that will see the light of day, since mbv took decades to be released.  So, don’t hold your breath.  But, still… To here knows when!

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