In honor of SXSW, this compilation features two bands from Austin, Texas. There is also a band from Seattle in there somewhere – keeping the NW in NWshoegazing.
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01. “Keep It Quiet [Demo]” by Blemishes unreleased (©2011 Blemishes)
Brian, an ex-Secret Service agent from NYC, and Lauren, once an assassin for hire from New Jersey, met on the job (details are sketchy), discovered a mutual love for music, and decided to form a band. Originally part of a foursome, the two guitarists/vocalists recently decided to strike out on their own (no one knows what happened to the other two) and formed Blemishes. Still mostly in the writing process, they have only just recorded the b-side to “Keep it Quiet”; the two songs are to be released as a cassette single on bleach blonde, a friend’s startup label.
bandcamp | tumblr | bleach blonde
02. “Imagine Hearts” by Ringo Deathstarr from Colour Trip (©2011 Club AC30)
Austin, Texas’s Ringo Deathstarr is Elliott Frazier, Daniel Coborn, and Alex Gehring. Colour Trip is the band’s debut full-length. Many of the songs from previously released EPs and singles were collected on Sparkler – released in 2009 on Vinyl Junkie.
myspace | facebook | Club AC30
03. “Crystal’s Not Clear” by Between The Cities Are Stars from Degausser (©2011 KillRedRocket Records)
Between The Cities Are Stars is a duo hailing from Fresno, California, who utilize guitars, bass, drums, and vocals to make your mind melt, even as you move and groove. Heather’s infectious bass lines, complimented by Kyle’s spacey, fuzzed-out guitars, and topped off with minimal vocals – that add to rather than stand out from the music, all blend together to create sweeping sounds that will take your mind on trips of blissful chaos.
bandcamp | myspace | facebook
04. “On Your Own” by Factory Kids from FK 3rd (©2011 Tara Records)
Formed in 2008, Factory Kids is musician/artist Christina Marie (The Modern Hour) and singer/songwriter/producer Tim Chaplin (Luminous). This is their third studio album – following two remix albums. Factory Kids have also released several EPs and a single, as well as appearing on a handful of compilations.
bandcamp | myspace | facebook
05. “Chains” by The Internet unreleased (©2011 The Internet)
The Internet is a Post-Punk/Shoegaze band from Santa Barbara, California. It consists of Syd Bernardo, Marvin Dominguez, Oscar Murillo Jr., and Andrew Verdin. Their self-titled debut EP was released via iTunes and Amazon in May 2010. At present, “Chains” has not been released elsewhere.
bandcamp | facebook | website
06. “Paint a Golden Stick” by Thunder Bunny from …there is a gate (©2010 Thunder Bunny)
Named after toys his father used to fashion from old socks for the dogs to play with, Thunder Bunny was founded by Christopher Padula in New York City in 1995. After several years of encouraging progress, the band rapidly disintegrated – the way many bands unfortunately do, but now, years after the dust has settled, Christopher has resurrected Thunder Bunny as a solo project on the New Jersey side of the Hudson River.
myspace | facebook
07. “Fly With the Light” by 93MillionMilesFromTheSun from Northern Sky (©2011 93MillionMilesFromTheSun)
If you like these guys as much as I do, you’ll be happy to hear that this Doncaster, UK band is preparing to release its second album in June on In At The Eye Records. Like its excellent predecessor, 2009′s self-titled debut, Northern Sky contains more than seventy minutes of Shoegazing goodness. I am also informed that the band have finished their new studio and will be playing UK dates in late April and early May.
bandcamp | myspace | Parallax | soundcloud | website
08. “Explain It To Me” by The Sky Drops from Making Mountains (©2011 Custom Made Music)
Rob Montejo, founding member of the ’90s American Shoegaze band Smashing Orange has joined with Monika Bullette to form The Sky Drops in Wilmington, Delaware. Making Mountains, a five-song EP and the band’s third release – following the highly acclaimed 2006 EP Clouds of People and the 2009 full-length Bourgeous Beat, is due to be released this spring.
myspace | facebook | website | Custom Made
09. “Never Been Alive” by The Telewire from The Telewire (©2011 The Telewire)
Stephen Thurman of Austin, Texas is The Telewire. One day not so long ago, he left a post on a shoegaze.co.uk forum informing members that he had put up his debut album on Bandcamp. I gave it a listen and liked it enough to ask Stephen for a song, which he kindly provided. The Telewire doesn’t have much of an Internet presence as yet, but Stephen is working to change that.
10. “Cosmic Age” by Jetman Jet Team unreleased (©2011 Jetman Jet Team)
After a two year hiatus, former members of The Pop Eccentric Brenan Chambers, Miguel Diaz, Tyler James, and Quin Dickinson have returned, added singer Alisa Dickinson (no relation to Quin) to the fold, and become Jetman Jet Team. Currently spread out around the Northwest, the team will soon congregate in Seattle – where two members now wait to welcome the others. Once the prolific songwriters are united, expect a debut album to follow shortly afterward.
bandcamp | myspace | facebook | soundcloud
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The Cover Art for Vibrato 11.05 is a detail from an untitled photograph by Julie Lynn (of Slowness).