Sugar Plant are on the softer end of Japanese Shoegaze. Here they are with “Rise.”
Their Happy EP (which includes “Rise”) is available from iTunes.
How long has it been since I featured an obscure Japanese Shoegazer band? Well that’s too long!
Here’s Bertoia‘s “Snow Slide,” which proves once again that low-rent costumes and dreamquest fantasies are a fine hook to hang a music video on…
Here’s “Innocent,” another track of Japanese band Civic‘s debut album Toilet Monster.
Civic gets compared to Supercar, and while I can hear the resemblance, Civic has a rawer sound, like a garage band who just started meshing a few weeks ago. I like that high energy rawness, and some have labeled Civic “Noise Pop,” if that’s a real thing.
I’ve found and ordered Toilet Monster from a domestic source, and I hope to have a more detailed report if/when it comes in.
A Shoegaze cover of The Beatles’ “Across the Universe”?
Would you believe that Japan’s Meeks has done an entire album of Shoegaze Beatles covers called Beatless?
Happy Friday the 13th!
I’m not a LEGO fanatic, but I know two people who are, so I thought I’d put this up for them:
This is for Kurt Baty and Steve Jackson, who now need to step up their LEGO game…
While plumbing the depths and breadths of YouTube for suitable Shoegazer Sunday entries, sometimes I stumble across something interesting that doesn’t fit in the Shoegaze label. Today let’s take a look at Japanese band SpecialThanks.
The first 20 seconds of silence is just to mess with you.
So a pop-punk band with a deadly cute female lead who sings in English that sounds like a cross between Blink-182 and [Insert Current Teenage Female Pop Sensation Here]. This is the sort of Japanese cross-cultural pop artifact that Bruce Sterling circa 1992 would have been all over. As it stands, I’m pretty sure some canny American record label would make millions signing them over here…
From Japan comes Clams with “Sundae Bird.” The first 48 seconds are space music drone, but after that the catchy dreampop tune kicks in.
Another Sunday, another obscure Japanese Shoegaze band. This time it’s Pastel Blue with “Ariel.”
A lot of people compare them to Slowdive, and this songs tells you way.
For your Sunday dose of Shoegaze, here’s Japan’s Lemon’s Chair covering My Bloody Valentine’s “What You Want.” I actually prefer it to the original, mainly because the tonalities are more pleasing to my ear.
This is evidently off a Japanese compilation of My Bloody Valentine covers called Yellow Loveless.