I don’t know if you remember shoegazing. To be honest, it wasn’t really around for all that long, in the late 80s and very early 90s, before it was bludgeoned by grunge and steamrollered by the Britpop mothership.

Ethereal, shimmering guitar music played by (mostly) thin-as-rake lads with unfeasibly long fringes, it got its name from the habit of the scene’s guitarists to stare at their shoes (or effects pedals, to be more accurate).

Bands like My Bloody Valentine, Spacemen 3, Cocteau Twins and the Jesus and Mary Chain set the mould in the late 80s. Others like Chapterhouse, Ride and Slowdive picked up the baton.

Over the last few years, there has been a resurgence of interest in shoegazing. New bands, inspired by the scene, have sprung up all over the place. There are new shoegazing record labels and club nights like Sonic Cathedral and Club AC30. Some of the old legends have even unpacked their effects pedals and, minus those fringes now in the main, have been playing live again.

So EV013 is a look back to the pioneers (by myself) and a look sideways at the best of the current crop, by Paul Broom, making his Epic Mixtape debut!

Hope you enjoy!

Side A: Shoegaze classics (by jvictor7)

Side B: Nu-gazing futures (by fwump)


2 thoughts on “EV013: Shoegaze vs Nu-gaze

  1. Nice lists! I’d have like to have seen some (very) early Smashing Pumpkins, Sonic Youth, bit o’ Lush, maybe some Silversun Pickups on side B. But, top selection all the same! 🙂

    1. Hi Andrew. Yeah, Smashing Pumpkins, Lush and Sonic Youth were all on the long-list for Side A, which had a running time of about 83 minutes 🙂 Glad you like the mixtape

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