Interview with 1984

Salut Etienne!  It’s a joy to be chatting with and to find out the latest about your band 1984.  You recently released an engaging EP titled Night Phases.  How does it differ in theme and tone from your last album Influenza, which was feverish and infectious (both in a good way!)? Hi Jen!  Our EP differs quite a lot from Influenza. You're right; … [Read more...]

Short Takes on 4 Songs

Grown Up Avenger Stuff – “Pins” With a slew of accolades, an upcoming album, Eclectica, on the way, and the release of an official video for “Pins”, the members of indie rock band Grown Up Avenger Stuff are keeping themselves in the musical mix.  Deirdre Kroener (vocals), Tyler Thomsen (percussion), Hunter Thomsen (bass), and John Thomsen … [Read more...]

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 … [Read more...]

Short Takes on 2 EPs and 1 Album

Little Boots – Business Pleasure EP Little Boots, AKA Victoria Hesketh, strips it back on her latest EP, peddling 4 mid-tempo electro-pop songs that sound like they’re in the demo stage of production.  Maybe too many producers spoil the sonic broth (Com Truise, Jas Shaw of Simian Mobile Disco, and Chris Carmouche), except this time around it’s … [Read more...]

Interview with Pompeii

Hi guys!  It’s great to hear from you and to find out how it’s all going for the imminent release of your third album LOOM after a 5-year hiatus.  First off, who is in the band and what instruments do you play? EJ: Erik Johnson - guitars & keys CB: Colin Butler - bass & percussion RD: Rob Davidson - drums Dean Stafford - vox … [Read more...]

Interview with Flowers

Hello Rachel!  It’s such a delight to catch you at this moment in time while you’re preparing for your debut album release this fall.   You’ve had the good fortune of being noticed online where you posted some of your demos early on, which led to touring Europe with the Pains of Being Pure at Heart.   Was it a shock to go from studio (Well, … [Read more...]

DulceSky – “Soul Vampire”

Long-running dream-rock band DulceSky, led by Oliver Valenzuela, made its mark with the albums Lands (2006) and Invisible Empire (2010) and returns with the winning single “Soul Vampire”.  The song’s lyrics may be spare and bleak, but Oliver’s vocals are lush and smooth and the sonics are propulsive.  “Soul Vampire” opens with tight and … [Read more...]

Q&A with Watoo Watoo

Salut Michaël!  I’ve been spinning your lovely recent album, Un Si Longue Attente, and for some reason the phrase “jolie-pop” springs to my mind… Since you and Pascale are both natives of France, maybe you understand what I mean by that terminology.  Your music is pleasing and inviting, despite the occasional bleak lyrics. Do you think the … [Read more...]

Exclusive Album Stream of Made Of Stars by Strata Florida (Louise Trehy of 1990s 4AD duo Swallow)

Louise Trehy is back at long last with a spectacular new album that channels the dreamy bliss and noisy distortion of the best of the 1990s U.K. dream-pop and shoegazer bands.  Fans of Kate Bush, Liz Fraser/Cocteau Twins, B’linda Butcher/My Bloody Valentine, Miki Berenyi/Emma Anderson/Lush, and Toni Halliday/Curve will not only be enthralled … [Read more...]

Louise Trehy of 4AD duo Swallow is back as Strata Florida

Strata Florida is the newest project of Louise Trehy, formerly one half of the 4AD duo Swallow. Debut album Made Of Stars is only Trehy's second album in twenty years. Swallow's flame flickered bright but brief in the early 1990s, and disillusion after the band’s break up caused Trehy to abandon music altogether. Her creative spark was … [Read more...]