More often than not, all shoe gaze uses a ton of reverb over some guitar that's echoed and played in arpeggios. A great example of shoegaze is the band known as Turnover. Coming from the United Kingdom in the late 1980s, its a sub division of indie and alternative. Lots of effects, including distortion, feedback, and overwhelming volume.
Another genre that stems from shoegaze is acid punk. And I know, I'm starting to lose you now, but hold tight. They actually all sound a little different. Acid Punk also originates from the UK and is better known as neo-psychedelic nowadays. A number of bands have bridged the way for what it is today. Bands like Dinosaur Jr., Sonic Youth, My Bloody Valentine, Velvet Underground, and The Cure.
The shoegaze bands of today, as of 2019, are Turnover, Hatchie, Lorelle Meets the Obsolete, and Swervedriver, just to name a few that are really worth listening to.
Quinn Moreland of Pitchfork talked with Hatchie, otherwise known as Hariette Pilbeam, an indie rock artist that is said to have a sound like the Cranberries and is redefining the dream pop/shoegaze genre....
What is it about dream pop and shoegaze that appeals to you?
I was initially drawn in because I couldn’t even figure out how they made the sounds. I’m not very good at guitar; I can’t create those sounds! I liked that it was different from anything I’d ever heard before. Like, it doesn’t necessarily matter what the lyrics are, but the vocals can still be the most beautiful part of the song. I liked that it doesn’t sound like there’s a singer and a guitarist and a drummer—it’s all just like this wall of sound.
Is subverting the pop-star ideal important to you?
That’s definitely something that I’ve thought about a lot over the last couple of years. When I was in my early teens and toying with the idea of maybe wanting to be a singer one day, I was like, “Oh, but I don’t want to be a pop star. I’m not like that. I don’t look like that, I don’t sing like that. I don’t want to be like that.” I legitimately thought that was the only option. But when I got a bit older I discovered artists like Kate Bush or Siouxsie Sioux and I realized that you don’t have to be a pretty girl. You don’t have to sing about a guy breaking your heart to be a female singer. You don’t have to wear a dress.
“All of my songs usually start with a couple of lines that are very true, things that I think and write in my diary, and then the rest of the song isn’t really necessarily about me,” Pilbeam explains at a Lower East Side cafe, as two women behind us balance a point-and-shoot camera atop a stool to execute the perfect selfie."
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Kyle Sobieski is a digital content producer and founder of First State Studios. With a background in music and songwriting under the pseudonym Pierce Frolic, Kyle personally knows the amount of work and determination that goes into becoming an artist of any medium. Towards the end of high school, Kyle realized the lack of support in his hometown of Wilmington, Delaware for the arts and underground talents. So he began digging deeper into the lives of local artists, and thus, First State Studios was born. Sobieski has a diverse musical palette and loves nothing more in life than seeing people who are passionate and courageous with what they do. "It's these people who make the world a more colorful, intimate place for everybody."