Noise-rock, dream-pop, post-punk, drone-rock, neo-psychedelia...all of these musical subgenres and more became components of the shoegaze sound. The term itself was rather derisively coined by the press to describe a certain group of musicians' tendencies to stare down at their feet while performing - partly out of introspection, partly out of necessity to operate guitar effects pedals. But the "shoegaze" term stuck, and so did the music. Still in a Dream: A Story of Shoegaze, a lavish,
On March 31, Rhino is taking a Ride with the shoegaze band of the same name. That’s the date the label will reissue Ride’s OX4, a 2001 best-of anthology, to coincide with the reunited group’s upcoming tour. Though the Oxford band released just four studio albums and a number of EPs between 1990 and 1996, its small discography has proven an influential one. Friends and art school students Mark Gardener and Andy Bell (guitar/vocals), along with Laurence "Loz" Colbert (drums) and Steve Queralt
Following Rhino's great expansion of the debut LP by shoegaze pioneers Ride, the U.K. band are expanding their second album through an independent label with some audiovisual extras packaged in the set. Going Blank Again, released 20 years ago in 1992, was a bit of an evolution from the traditional, reverb-heavy sounds of their full-length debut, 1990's Nowhere. While the guitars still had their typical buzzsaw sensibilities, the band experimented with more layered vocals and a less
One of the biggest negatives about the Rhino Records catalogue in recent years is that the label's Handmade titles are generally limited to Rhino's website. Reissues and limited box sets by Hip-o Select and Legacy will easily find their way on the shelves at any forward-thinking independent record store, but with Rhino, it seems harder to come by. Thanks to a rising star among indie record labels, that may be about to change. Rhino has announced a distribution deal with Light in the Attic
Rock music has a definite genre problem. When Rhino Handmade announced the reissue of Ride's Nowhere late last year, some absent-minded reading on Wikipedia yielded a primer on the shoegaze genre. "Shoegaze" is one of those things you might encounter if you were a voracious reader of music reviews in the early '90s, but it might have just been a word rather than a whole genre. Shoegaze was a mini-genre assigned to bands with a particular style - particularly, effects-laden guitars taking
Another deluxe title is on its way from Rhino Handmade next month, and it's a good one for any shoegaze fans out there: Pitchfork reports that the label is reissuing Nowhere, the debut LP by Ride, for its 20th anniversary. Ride were a British alt-rock band in the tradition of The Cocteau Twins, The Jesus and Mary Chain and My Bloody Valentine. All of those outfits were deemed "shoegaze" bands by the British music press, a term which would describe bands heavy on distorted but melodic guitars.