To The Wedding – ‘Come On’


To The Wedding is the moniker of singer/songwriter Lauren Grubb. The San Francisco-based artist recently posted ‘Come On’ (via The Wild Honey Pie) from her forthcoming debut LP ‘Silver Currents’. It’s a sedate stunner that will sit well with fans of Mazzy Star or Memoryhouse. In fact, To The Wedding covered Mazzy’s ‘Take Everything’ on the earlier EP ‘Taken’. As the saying goes, “imitation is the sincerest form of flattery” and when you can do it as well as Lauren does, who cares!? Amazing voice. ‘Silver Currents’ is available from October 28 (pre-sale).

To The Wedding – ‘Come On’ *if the stream is broke – click here!*

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Nothing Announce UK/EU Tour Dates


Nothing have announced an extensive tour of the UK and Europe, kicking off this October/November! It’s the first time the Philly foursome have played in Europe. Punters would be well advised to take earplugs… and possibly a helmet. Full tour details here! The shoegazers debut LP ‘Guilty Of Everything’ is out now via Relapse Records, here’s a personal fave…

Nothing – ‘Somersault’

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Chatham Rise – ‘Meadowsweet’


Ride’s Mark Gardener has mixed ‘Meadowsweet’, the new single by Chatham Rise. The Minneapolis band are currently working on a new record for release late fall, in the meantime you can download ‘Meadowsweet’ via Picture In My Ear Records! It’s a slow moving rocker that blends psych and shoegaze, one of their most polished creations to date. If you missed their debut LP last year – take a listen here.

Chatham Rise – ‘Meadowsweet’

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Lubec – ‘Almost Vince’


Almost Vince‘ is the lead single from Lubec‘s forthcoming LP (out later this month). The Portland-based four piece were recently featured in the Sundance documentary ‘New American Noise’ and have toured alongside Speedy Ortiz, The Young, Screaming Females and more. They contrast their lo-fi sound with three-part vocals. The guy/girl harmonies are a real highlight, the sugar on a rough and raw mix! But it’s not all DIY, Lubec are in good hands with producer Robert Comitz (Hornet Leg, K Records). Keep an ear out for their debut full length ‘The Thrall’, out via Like Young Records on September 21.

Lubec – ‘Almost Vince’

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My Red Dress – ‘Out There’


‘Out There’ is the latest effort by San Fransisco’s My Red Dress - it’s epic, obsessively pretty and features layers of heavenly vocals. Some tracks are just better suited to a cathedral hall than the bedroom studio! The duo (Sophia Campbell and Ryan Moonbeam Lescure of the eponymous shoegaze band Moonbeams) showcase layers of swooping harmonies that are both daring and mature, while walls of heavily distorted guitar and a pipe organ-esque bass line fade and rise. The overall effect is immense, assertive and encompassing.

Ryan was humble enough to detail some of the production techniques that create My Red Dress’ sound.

“The first thing to note is that Sophia is a tremendous singer. My logic is that Sophia’s voice is too good to bury. I don’t want it to sit under the mix like it often does in shoegaze. I want it to be blurry and vague with effects, but I ultimately want her incredible talent to shine. I try to use Grouper’s music as a template. Her vocal parts, while vague, seem to shine brilliantly. A big part of the production in these songs is that I’m constantly learning, and that I also tend to make a lot of unorthodox decisions.

I mix her vocal parts (a lead and a harmony) with a track that I’ve already written and recorded using Reaper (my digital audio workstation of choice) and use compression, EQ, reverb, and delay on her vocal tracks. I will triple both of her vocal parts, panning two of each about 25% right and left, while keeping one part centered. I use fewer effects on the centered vocal than I do the panned vocals. To fill out the sound of the vocals, I will variate subtle things about the reverb or delay between the tracks that are panned differently. This leads to the sound becoming richer, in my opinion. Our next recordings will be guided by the same principles.”

While we hungrily wait for more, catch up with a high quality digital copy of ‘Out There’ paired with ‘Cave‘ over on Bandcamp. [By Dave Lytton]
My Red Dress – ‘Out There / Cave’

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