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photos by P Squared Photography, words by Bill Pearis

Ride @ MHOW 6/1/2015

"Does anyone remember the last time we played New York?" asked Andy Bell? Someone from the crowd shouted back "It's been too long!" to which Bell replied "That's for sure." I can't say for sure either, but the last time I saw Ride was in 1992 at the original 930 Club in DC. I drove four hours straight from my summer job in West Virginia to the show (Pale Saints opened) and had to drive back immediatly after. It was awesome and I refused to wear earplugs...which was probably the start of my tinnitus.

Twenty-three years later, Ride are back and their show is within walking distance of my apartment, I'm wearing earplugs (for most of it) and, apart from choice of opener, this may have been the better show. Ride look pretty much the same, apart from a newsboy cap where Mark Gardener's famous fringe once was, and still sound absolutely amazing. Opening with the massive "Leave Them All Behind," the Oxford quartet played pretty much everything you'd want to hear up through 1992's Going Blank Again (expect no "Kaleidoscope"). The only song beyond that played was the Stooges-y "Black Night Crash" from their final album, Tarantuala. Maybe when they return in September, they'll throw in something like Andy Bell's "Birdman" from 1995's Carnival of Light. That would be nice.

I am on record for thinking Going Blank Again is their best album (and still do), but last night the songs from Nowhere and their early EPs that packed the most punch, like "Seagull" and "Taste" that showed them to be a great psychedelic rock band first and foremost, with keen pop sensibilities and maybe the best rhythm section of all the OG shoegazers. On that: drummer Loz Colbert remains an absolute monster behind the kit and I spent most of the show just watching him, mesmerized.

The band were in good spirits, glad to be anywhere after getting stuck at an airport in Spain for two days following their performance at Primavera Sound. And the crowd (MHOW seemed as packed as I can remember) were lapping it all up. The main set ended with the one-two punch of their perfect single "Vapour Trail" and an 11-minute-or-so version of "Drive Blind" which, as usual, descended into a noise jam a la MBV's "You Made me Realise." They encored with Going Blank Again deep cut "Mousetrap" and "Chelsea Girl" from their first EP. A really fantastic show. Pictures and setlist are in this post.

Ride play NYC again on Thursday (6/4) at Terminal 5 (tickets still available) which is with Ash, a much more appropriate choice for opener than Zak Starkey's band Sshh who opened at MHOW. Pics from Sshh's set, and more of Ride, below...

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by Bill Pearis

Invisible Days

Brooklyn trio Invisible Days draw from a host of late-'80s/early-'90s UK influences, most of them of the swirling miasma of guitars variety. While a few songs very towards JAMC scuzz, the band are much more successful when they go in a more shimmery/chiming/jangle direction that is closer to Lilys or Ride. You can definitely hear that side of the band on their new single "So Let it Be" which does the droney/beautiful thing pretty well. We've got the premiere of that cut which you can listen to in this post.

The band have a few NYC shows coming up. They're are currently in the midst of a three-show September residency at Cake Shop, having played the first one this week. You can catch them there on the next two Wednesdays (9/11 & 9/18, line-ups TBA). If you're really itching to see them, Invisible Days play Bushwick's Shorewave Haus on Saturday (9/7).

Single stream, plus a few other Invisible Days songs, are below.

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Nothing at Saint Vitus, July 2013 (more by Lukas Hodge)

Much like their previous material on A389 Records, Nothing mines heavy shoegaze but never veers into full on metal territory, much like their godfathers in My Bloody Valentine did in the past. The band, which features current and former members of Salvation, Night Sins, Horror Show and more, is gearing up for a set of dates with Whirr that include Saint Vitus on August 13 with Dead Leaf Echo (tickets). Today they released a new track, "Dig," which will be on the band's Relapse Records debut ,scheduled for 2014.

Stream it below...

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Kirin J Callinan

While we patiently await the arrival of Australia's Kirin J. Callinan to the US during/around CMJ, the spacey, gothic post-punk guitarist has graciously dropped off a new mixtapes of jams to peruse. Spanning thirteen tracks, check out that mixtape for the first time below.

Since we posted about him last, Kirin has added a few NYC shows while here for CMJ. He'll play a live taping of "ESP TV" at Interstate Projects on Saturday (10/13) with Narcissister, Black Marble, Haribo, and Paul Haney.

Then during CMJ, he'll play the Terrible Records CMJ Party with LE1FTrue and Regal Degal at Glasslands on 10/16 (tickets); and another Terrible Records party at Shea Stadium on 10/18 with Mirror Mirror, Regal Degal and New Look which is $8 and all-ages.

Then on Monday, October 22 he'll play Bowery Electric with Jack Ladder And The Dreamlanders, Kirin J Callinan, Plastic Flowers, The Dreebs, and Arc & Stones.

Mixtape stream and those dates in list form are below.

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Nothing album art

A389 Records is known for their annual whopper of a festival (sold-out!) populated by some of the vicious hardcore miscreants on the label, but maybe that mindset is changing. Between the recent Anne releases and some forthcoming efforts, A389 is showing a different side of the meaning of heavy.

Shoegazers Nothing are the latest addition to A389's roster, and are gearing up for a new release due later this fall. Preorders for Downward Years to Come hit on October 31 (spooky!) and you can hear the title track below for the first time.

The Philadelphians are touring the East Coast in the tail end of October in the weeks leading up to the release, roping in support from Night Sins as part of a US/Canadian campaign. The shoegazers hit St. Vitus on October 23 with NYC's Italian Horn.

All tour dates are listed below, along with the track stream.

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by BrooklynVegan Mike

"There isn't any artistic integrity in just getting the band back together
and playing the old songs."

Neil Halstead

Neil Halstead, as a co-founder of Slowdive, was one of the architects of shoegazer, a genre that has seen a revival as of late with the reformation of My Bloody Valentine and Swervedriver. In 1995, most of Slowdive morphed into Mojave 3 and has since been making beautiful countrified dream-pop. Halstead also mellows things out more on his solo records. His sophomore release Oh! Mighty Engine dropped last week on Jack Johnson's label Brushfire Records. He is also currently on tour with Jack. (yeah, we know).

This Sunday he opens the third day of the All Points West festival in Jersey City - the same day Jack closes. You can also catch Neil one day earlier at the Surf Lodge in Montauk. We caught up with Neil after he opened the second day of the Osheaga Festival in Montreal on Monday. We discussed tour mate Jack Johnson, a Slowdive reunion, and the re-emergence of shoegazer.


You've played a lot of festivals in your twenty year career. How does it feel to open a festival?

Neil: It's a dubious honor, isn't it? [laughs]. I would trade in the honor for a few more people. But the people were really nice. Very sweet. We enjoyed it.

You've been opening for Jack Johnson on his tour. How has that been?...

Continue reading "an interview w/ Neil Halstead (Slowdive, Mojave 3) +++++++++++++++++ 2008 Tour Dates (All Points West)"