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As hinted, UK dreampop band Lush are reuniting to play their first shows in nearly 20 years. Here's the scoop from the band's Facebook:

We've been away for ages and ages, but we're really excited to announce that we're finally ready to reform as Lush. For all the fans who have been pestering us to do this: thanks so much for your patience and support! We wish it could have been sooner but, for many years, it was just too painful to contemplate without Chris, and then all kinds of life-changing commitments made it impossible. Now, at last, the three of us are in the right place at the right time to play music together again.
The first confirmed show will be at London's Roundhouse on May 6, 2016. Former Elastica drummer Justin Welch will be behind the kit. Tickets for that show go on sale Wednesday, September 30.

In other news: 4AD will be reissuing the Lush best-of compilation, Ciao!, on vinyl and a comprehensive box set, titled Chorus, of all their releases, plus rarities, sessions and demos.

by Bill Pearis

Lush reuniting?
Lush reuniting?

Ride are currently in NYC, having played their first of two shows at Irving Plaza on Monday night (9/21). Rumors are flying around the internet that Ride's onetime North American tourmates, Lush, are about to reform as well. Most of this stems from a Tweet guitarist/singer Emma Anderson sent out on Monday (see above) that simply said "7 days" which was enough to send some fansĀ into overload. It wouldn't really be surprising if they did. We shall see what it all means next week.

Lush formed in 1987, signed to 4AD a couple years later and with their sometimes hazy, sometimes punky sound they fit right in at the label with the likes of Cocteau Twins (whose Robin Gutherie produced some of their singles), Pale Saints and Pixies. In addition to their 1991 tour with Ride, Lush also were part of the second year of traveling roadshow Lollapalooza, and were one of the few shoegaze bands to get some airplay on U.S. commercial alternative radio. They also successfully transitioned into the mid-'90s Britpop era, and Jarvis dueted with Miki Beryni on Lush's playful "Ciao!" from their final album, Lovelife.

Sadly, drummer Chis Acland committed suicide in 1996 following the Lovelife tour and the band never recovered, breaking up officially in 1998. Emma Anderson formed Sing-Sing, bassist Phil King (who had played with Felt, The Servants, Biff Bang Pow! and more before Lush) now tours with The Jesus & Mary Chain, and Miki Berenyi basically dropped out of music and became a magazine editor.

While we wait for some kind of announcement, whatever it actually ends up being, watch some Lush videos below...

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by Bill Pearis

Downfall Shoegaze

There was a while there -- oh, 2009 or so -- when you could barely go a day without someone posting a new parody of the scene in Downfall when Adolf Hitler learns he's lost the war. If you missed that somehow, the subtitles were redone so that the scene was about Hitler finding out there'd be no camera in the iPod Touch, or that his friends aren't going to burning man, or him failing to get The Fall's RSD09 single. Then someone made one where Hitler actually finds out about the Downfall Meme, and the meme quieted down, but I just came across a new one where he finds out that The Cocteau Twins aren't actually reuniting this festival season. It works in Slowdive, Ride and a few other shoegaze bands as well. It's clearly from this year, and funny, and you can watch it below...

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Hard Skin at Acheron, August 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro)
Hard Skin

The UK kings of hilarious oi return to the US for a set of appearances on our shores, including known dates in Philly, Chicago and NYC. Look for Hard Skin to return to Acheron on September 12th, snagging support from Brooklyn punks La Misma (check out their demo) & Vanity. Ticketing information is on the way.

Hard Skin recently released their first LPs since 2004's Same Meat, Different Gravy. If you listen to them back to back, you may find that the pair of releases -- On The Balls and Why Do Birds Suddenly Appear -- are pretty similar.

This is a CLASSIC! Well, it's actually TWO CLASSICS! We got some of our sexiest lady mates round to the studio, got them drunk on cheap plonk, and after a few days we had a second version of the album recorded with HARD SKIN as you've never heard us before.
Why Do Birds Suddenly Appear? features vocal appearances from Alison Mosshart (The Kills, Dead Weather), Joanna Newsom, Beki Bondage (Vice Squad), Liela Moss (The Duke Spirit), Miki Berenyi (Lush), Roxanne and Marion of Veronica Falls' and many many more. (Stream at Spotify and get your copies at Feral Ward.

All known dates are listed, along with a video for "Council Estate" are below.

UPDATE: new dates have emerged. Full tour schedule is below.

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BEAUTIFUL NOISE is an in-depth exploration of a music movement in the late 20th century, a fascinating period when some innovative musicians mixed guitar noise into conventional pop song structures while maintaining a philosophy of letting the music speak for itself.

Although many of the people interviewed are notoriously press shy they have opened up about their music and experiences from over 20 years ago; how they defied the rules and became sonic innovators that have inspired so many.

Currently the documentary is in the final stages for worldwide release, and we need your help to raise the $75,000 to pay for limited run licensing and finishing costs to distribute in Film Festivals and on DVD/Blu-Ray.

This documentary will finally be released only if the fans of this music believe in this project and contribute.

Legendary shoegaze/dream pop bands My Bloody Valentine, Cocteau Twins, and The Jesus and Mary Chain are subject of new documentary, Beautiful Noise, who have launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise enough money for the film to be distributed in film festivals and released on DVD/Blu-Ray (via Pitchfork). In addition to those three bands, the film will feature interviews with/appearances by members of other shoegaze pioneers like Ride, Slowdive, Lush, Curve, Swervedriver, Medicine, Pale Saints, and more, plus appearances by Wayne Coyne, Trent Reznor, Billy Corgan, and Robert Smith, and performance videos (and some interviews) with current bands like Sigur Ros, M83, A Place to Bury Strangers, Grouper, Serena Maneesh, and others. The Kickstarter campaign has reached just over $17,000 of its $75,000 goal as of this post, and is open until December 15. More info and rewards details at the documentary's Kickstarter project page.

This comes shortly after the news that My Bloody Valentine plans to release an album by the end of the year.

Campaign video below...

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