Bleach – ‘Trip & Slide’

BLEACH - 'KILLING TIME'

Here’s a flashback to little known British rock act Bleach, who released their LP ‘Killing Time’ in 1992. The quartet didn’t enjoy a long lifespan (1989-93) but produced a handful of EPs and mini albums during their time. Often compared to Curve, Bleach suffered from some inconsistencies but were happy to test the water, even adding a rap to their single ‘Shotgun’ (albeit in a Blondie kind of way). Nevertheless, there was some stand out tunes, namely the album cut ‘Trip & Slide’.

 
Bleach – ‘Trip & Slide’

Bleach @ Discogs.

Sweet Trip – ‘Velocity: Design: Comfort’

SWEET TRIP - "VELOCITY DESIGN COMFORT"

Here’s a classic cut from Sweet Trip‘s second full length ‘Velocity: Design: Comfort’. Originally released in June of 2003 by Darla Distribution, it was praised for its crazy mix of glitchy beats, electronica, indie pop and shoegaze. ‘Chocolate Matter’ is an example of the latter and is primarily the work of San Francisco’s Roberto Burgos, together with vocalist Valerie Reyes. Sweet Trip’s final album ‘You Will Never Know Why’ was released back in 2009. But… last year Roberto posted a new Sweet Trip tune on Soundcloud, hinting it was the last. P.s. thanks Sam for the note!

 
Sweet Trip – ‘Chocolate Matter’

Visit Sweet Trip @ Darla @ LastFm.

The Voices – ‘The Sound Of Young America’

THE VOICES - 'THE SOUND OF YOUNG AMERICA'

Over the break I received an email requesting an update on Cardiff shoegazers The Voices. The trio (CS Munday, Chris Pompa & Clare Pompa) released three albums, the last being ‘Death Of A Lovers Song’ via Phase One in 2009. The Voices called it quits following a tour later that year. During their four year life span they released the lauded 2007 LP ‘The Sound Of Young America’ via My Kung Fu. Check out the title track below, a blistering wall of sound with washed out vocals. Speaking of, during my Google search I came across this comical ‘How To Sing In Shoegaze Style‘ guide, which  notes “with Shoegazing, lyrics are short, poetic and sometimes convey a deep message that others will never understand.” Hehe.

 
The Voices – ‘The Sound Of Young America’

More info on The Voices @ Discogs @ A Defunct Myspace Profile.

For Against – ‘Amen Yves’

FOR AGAINST - 'AMEN YVES'

Captured Tracks are taking orders for a limited run of For Against box sets (1000) featuring three vinyl re-issues (‘Echelons’, ‘December’ and ‘In The Marshes’). The Nebraskan trio produced an ambient post punk sound (check out ‘Amen Yves’ below) which was at odds with what their peers were producing during their peak in the late eighties. The fact that it was remastered by Marc Ostermeier of Should is a bonus!

 
For Against – ‘Amen Yves’

Visit For Against @ Captured Tracks @ Facebook.

Closedown – ‘Bumblebee’ (Original Demo)

CLOSEDOWN - 'NEARFIELD'

Scott (from Surfing On Steam) has kindly posted some rare Closedown demos that have been converted from tape. He writes. “I can say this without hesitation, but Closedown were the first American shoegaze band ever. Four dudes from east Los Angeles who were not only incredible musicians but on par with many bands coming out of the UK.” Since hearing these recordings I’ve been educating myself on their 1994 record ‘Nearfield‘ (Silent Records) which these tracks eventually landed on. The ambient-based label has long since faded away and there’s precious little web fodder on Closedown or bandleader Jerry Battle. So thanks to Scott for sharing and keeping these sounds alive.

 
Closedown – ‘Bumblebee’ (Original Demo)

Visit Closedown @ LastFM @ Discogs.

Seefeel – ‘Climatic Phase 3′

SEEFEEL - 'QUIQUE'

Seefeel’s classic album ‘Quique’ (pronounced ‘keek’) is being re-issued by Light In The Attic Records/Modern Classics Records on August 27! For those uninitiated, The Londoners bridged the tenuous gab between noisey shoegazing rock n’ roll and electronica in the early 90s, often referred to as ‘ambient shoegaze’. 1,000 of the re-issues will be pressed on blue vinyl…Mmm. (pre-order).

 
Seefeel – ‘Climatic Phase 3′

Visit Seefeel @ Light In The Attic Records @ Facebook.

Spacemen 3 – ‘Take Me To The Other Side’ (Live)

SPACEMEN 3 - 'TAKE ME TO THE OTHER SIDE' (LIVE)

Veteran Brit rockers Spacemen 3 are being given another shot on the store shelves – their discography will be re-issued on lovely 180 gram vinyl by Fire Records. Their 1988 live album ‘Performance’ featuring ‘Take Me To The Other Side’ will be re-issued next week. This tune will take you back to their loud and drugged-out beginnings!

 
Spacemen 3 – ‘Take Me To The Other Side’ (Live)

Visit Spacemen 3 @ Fire Records @ Facebook.

Half String – ‘Shell Life’

HALF STRING - 'SHELL LIFE'

Arizona’s Half String haven’t performed at home since 1997 but later this month the noise pop vets will mark their homecoming by performing at the 20th Anniversary of the Beautiful Noise festival! The event is on at The Hollywood Alley in Mesa, Arizona on Saturday April 27 with a line-up including Astrobrite, Dogshow, Dead Leaf Echo, Tennis System and Cassiopeia (get tickets). ‘Shell Life’ (free download) comes from Half String’s ’96 LP ‘A Fascination With Heights‘.

 
Half String – ‘Shell Life’

BEAUTIFUL NOISE 20TH ANNIVERSARY

More info @ BEAUTIFUL NOISE / Half String @ Bandcamp @ Captured Tracks @ Facebook.

Chapterhouse – 'Breather'

The brilliant opener to Chapterhouse‘s debut record ‘Whirpool’, originally released in 1991 before being re-released by Cherry Red in 2006. Sadly, it doesn’t look like the Brit legends will be doing anything further (following their 2008-2010 reunion shows). Crosses fingers even so.

 
Chapterhouse – ‘Breather’

Visit Chapterhouse online @ Facebook.

Blueshift Signal – 'Oceans'

The reverb swamped ‘Oceans’ comes from Blueshift Signal‘s debut LP ‘Seven Natural Scenes’, released via the aptly named Ethereal Records in 1994. The four piece from Rhode Island were labelled the “stateside Slowdive” (not a bad thing)! Following the release of the album Blueshift Signal’s line-up shrunk to a duo (singer/guitarist Ron Kuba and bassist Jay Bouchard). The music during this time would eventually be released as the ‘Surround’ EP. However, with the addition of drummer John Orsi the group first unveiled the ‘Waterside’ EP in 1997. According to Blueshift Signal’s facebook page, ’Seven Natural Scenes’ and the ’Surround’ EP are set to be re-released via Captured Tracks. Big thanks to Digby for the heads up on this one!

 

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