Somewhere within a dream of 90’s infused indie and grunge comes the noise of abrasive drums and fuzzy guitars. Yes, shoegaze has a very distinct sound. But it’s not all My Bloody Valentine and Slowdive – there is much more to be discovered. That’s why Vulture Hound asked Melbourne shoegazers Flyying Colours (formed of Brodie, Gemma, Mel and Andy) to put together a playlist of some of their favourite shoegaze tracks. And if you’re doubting their credentials on the subject, you shouldn’t be…
Their debut album Mindfullness (due on September 23rd via Club AC30) contains that heady mix of psych, indie and grunge – showcasing their talent for uniting a delicate vocal melody with a satisfying thick wall of abrasive drums (tick!) and fuzzy guitars (tick!). Check out their playlist, below.
Ringo Deathstarr – ‘Imagine Hearts’
This was the first Ringo Deathstarr song I ever heard and it blew my mind to pieces, the first song from Colour Trip, a determinedly perfect album start to finish.
Pinkshinyultrablast – ‘Holy Forest’
Another Club AC30 “label mate”, this song was the highlight of touring with Pinkshinyultablast. Hearing this song every night, and knowing you got to hear it again the next night was comforting.
A Place To Bury Strangers – ‘We’ve Come So Far’
One of the best tours we have done was 3 shows with APTBS. They were touring this record Transixiation, and this song was particularly commanding each show. Guitar at its absolute best.
Contrast – ‘Sidewalk’
Melbourne shoegaze. I stole our live engineers 7” of this song and I’m never giving it back. This band do everything I like about shoegaze at once, and they are lovely guys.
The Laurels – ‘Endeavour’
Sydney shoegaze. A B-side from their great album Plains. I remember when this song first came up on the internet it was so perfect. I had been obsessed with their record and getting one more song with this vibe was exactly what I needed.
Blush Response – ‘Without A Sound’
It was incredibly hard to choose a song from this band. Over two four track four track EPs there’s some amazing listening. Adelaide shoegaze, I’ve chosen this song as I’m lucky enough to have seen them and this one got to me. I hope everyone looks up this band.
Hideous Towns – ‘Heart Attack’
Seriously. The way the parts of this song move together is incredible.
Bored Nothing – ‘Let Down’
Another really beautiful song. This one has at least a million feels. And the production is cool, it sounds soft and delicate, yet listening closely also has some really harsh and ambient sounds that give a secret hidden edginess to song.
LSD and The Search for God – ‘Starshine’
Apart from having the best band name going, this band are also, for me, making some of the most unique and “gazey” shoegaze right now. This genius song comes from their self titled EP.
My Bloody Valentine – ‘Only Shallow’
I guess a shoegaze themed playlist wouldn’t be complete if I didn’t include my favourite MBV song. This song is undeniably ethereal and always makes me feel really good about everything. The sound of the guitar chords changing and the guitar breaking up and shifting in this song is probably the most special thing about shoegaze.
Flyying Colours are set to release their debut album Mindfullness on September 23rd via Club AC30. Watch the video for ‘It’s Tomorrow Now’, and check out the band’s upcoming UK and European tour dates, below.
Flyying Colours UK & European Tour
01/10 – Cardiff – Clwb lfor Bach
02/10 – York – The Fulford Arms
03/10- Newcastle – The Cluny
04/10 – Leicester – The Cookie Jar
05/10 – London – Hoxton Bar & Kitchen
06/10 – Brighton – The Hope and Ruin
11/10 – Paris – Supersonic
13/10 – Bilbao – Satelite T
14/10 – Barcelona – Lennon’s Club
15/10 – Madrid – Wurlitzer Ballroom
16/10 – Porto – Hard Club 2
19/10 – Milan – Ohibo
20/10 – La Chaux de Fonds – L’entourloop
25/10 – Prague – Cafe v Lese
26/10 – Vienna – Club Chelsea
28/10 – Gent – Trefpunt
29/10 – Amsterdam – London Calling