|check out Jesu and Hammock, they're the epitome of shoegaze|
|As well as Cocteau Twin's Treasure. My Bloody Valentine's Loveless and Ride's Nowhere are refered to as being pretty big in the shoegaze section. |
Apparently it started when there were heaps of effects thus they were always gazing at their shoes. Well, it goes something like that.
|my bloody valentine, obv|
|Listen to Brother/Ghost.|
They put My Bloody Valentine to shame.
|My Bloody Valentine - Loveless|
Ride - Nowhere
Slowdive - Souvlaki
Shoegaze is hugely influential for post-rock, as it was more focused on mood, texture, etc. rather than riffs and hooks.
More modern examples would be Silversun Pickups, Autolux, and Deerhunter.
|original & modern, and I'll include dream-pop as well or whatever. It all produced the same effect.|
My Bloody Valentine - Loveless...I guess various EPs as well.
Slowdive - Souvlaki
Jesus and Mary Chain - Psycho Candy
Galaxie 500 - Today & On Fire
Cocteau Twins - Treasure & Heaven or Las Vegas
Ride - Nowhere
Lush - Spooky...
Catherine Wheel - Ferment
Chapterhouse - Whirlpool
A Sunny Day In Glasgow - Ashes Grammar
Asobi Seksu - Citrus
Serena Maneesh - Serena-Maneesh
Blonde Redhead - 23
The Horrors - Primary Colours
A Place To Bury Strangers - S/T & Exploding Head
Grouper - Dragging a Dead Deer Up a Hill
The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart - S/T
|Phil's got what I've heard: it got its name because the music uses so many effects that when bands played live, they would be constantly switching effect pedals throughout the concert...in other words, they spent the entire show "gazing at their shoes."|
From what I know, the two quintessential album in the Shoegaze genre are:
My Bloody Valentine - 'Loveless'
Slowdive - 'Souvlaki'
...both of which are amazing. If you want some influential/other genre necessities, you might check out:
Catherine Wheel - 'Chrome'
Chapterhouse - 'Whirlpool'
Cocteau Twins - 'Heaven or Las Vegas'
The Jesus and Mary Chain - 'Psychocandy'
Ride - 'Nowhere'
...and for more modern Shoegaze, check out:
Starflyer 59 - 'Talking Voice vs. Singing Voice'
Trespassers' William - 'Different Stars'
Hope that helps! (Also, I second every album I mentioned that's already been mentioned).
|ya i never understood this genre. wikipedia says "the musicians in these bands stood relatively still during live performances, in a detached, introspective, non-confrontational state, hence the idea that they were gazing at their shoes." which really doesnt describe the music so i never understood it|
|The music is defined by droning guitars in which the individual chord strums are often times indistinguishable, and where the vocals are mixed so low as to make the lyrics indecipherable and the voice just another instrument in the sound. As eternium said, it's more about sound and atmosphere than hooks and words; that's why it's so influential for Post-Rock.|
Here're three examples:
MY BLOODY VALENTINE - "Loveless"
COLDPLAY - "Chinese Sleep Chant"
STARFLYER 59 - "Play The 'C' Chord"
(Some would argue about that Coldplay song, but I believe it to be an excellent example of modern shoegaze)
|MBV song is called "Only Shallow"...the album is called 'Loveless'. That's probably my favorite classic Shoegaze song.|
And yes, for those who were wondering, I'm taking GREAT effort to rep SF59 since the opportunity has presented itself ;-)
|Alcest - Souvenirs d'un Autre Monde (Black Metal/Shoegaze)|
My Bloody Valentine - Loveless
........that's about all I got.
|im bookmarking this and coming back to it. you have intrigued me maso|
|I really dig some of these. Especially My Bloody Valentine, Brother/Ghost, and A Sunny Day Glasglow. Would you consider Mew shoegaze?|
|Yayyy, you like Brother/Ghost : D |
|I thought they were really good!|
|I found these guys. They blend Black Metal/Shoegaze and Post Metal+The have french lyrics and a girl vocalist who is pretty damn good. Amesoeurs http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0R46beoBDBo|
|Mew...I don't know. The production in instruments is really clean with their music, but they definitely have Shoegaze elements. Then again, I've always found Mew a bit hard to classify.|
Smashing Pumpkins and Silversun Pickups are the same way: droning guitars and near-indecipherable lyrics, but definitely more rock than shoegaze because of the way they feature song structure (see "Panic Switch"). And of course songs like "Bullet With Butterfly Wings" are closer to (Post-)Grunge than shoegaze.
But really, I'm full of shit. Who the fuck really knows what shoegaze is? I'm sure some people do classify Mew as such...so feel free to go with it ;-).