Here’s a nice cover of Slowdive’s “When the Sun Hits” by Luna Tango.
Who are Luna Tango you ask?
As far as I can tell, they’re not even a musical group, they’re a music circle at Japan’s Chuo University.
A pleasant Shoegazey song set to someone’s video of their vacation in Japan. It’s actually pretty cool.
At some point The Kritzlers apparently became Cochlear Kill.
I’ve seen enough movies to know that this won’t end well.
But honestly, this entire post is just an excuse to show the robot sword fight from Exterminator City.
(Remember, that’s the best scene of the worst film ever made…)
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…