As a musician, shoegazing was my first love. Back when grunge began to infiltrate the airwaves, a new music scene was emerging in England. Much of this sound blended the haunting beauty of ‘80s goth with the distorted six-stringChapterhouse Whirlpool experiments of ‘90s indie rock. But shoegazing soon evolved to take on many different styles.

The term “shoegazing” was coined because guitarists of the genre have a penchant for hoarding effects pedals and spending much of their performances staring downward as they stomp on them. My friends Mike, Lisa, Mark and I fell in love with this sound and started our own inspired band, Ozean (that’s us in the above photo). So this Valentine’s Day, I wanted to share my Pandora mixtape of Shoegazing Love Songs.

my-bloody-valentine-gliderIt was My Bloody Valentine’s 1990 EP Glider that first taught me how electric guitars could be used to build gossamer, sonic cathedrals of beautiful noise. But the more I listened to bands like RIDE, Pale Saints and Swervedriver, I discovered something beneath the blissed-out layers of ethereal guitar wash – these bands wrote some incredible love songs.

Admittedly, this isn’t my first shoegazing themed mixtape. Back when a girlfriend told me she loved Cocteau Twins, I loaded her up a TDK 90 cassette with Chapterhouse, Lush, Xmal Deutschland and the more amorous songs from This Mortal Coil. souvlaki-slowdiveAnd because my favorite shoegazers were just as skilled at crafting songs of heartbreak, I recorded my fair share of break-up themed tapes as well. After getting dumped my freshman year of college, my ex received a parting gift: a collection of songs by Slowdive, Curve, The Boo Radleys, Adorable and The Telescopes that I carefully curated to passive-aggressively convey what my bleeding heart (i.e. bruised ego) felt like. Yes, I was that guy. And while my communication skills have come a long way, I still love listening to those dreamy old songs of dramatic infatuation and loveless wallowing. Here’s looking at shoe, kids!

Musicologist

I’m a little bit country and I’m a little bit rock ’n’ roll. My first concert was Howard Jones at the Henry J. Kaiser convention center in Oakland. I sing for Hot Lunch and Sweet Chariot. I also enjoy skating pools and riding old choppers.

Comments

  1. Eric Shea
    February 12, 2016 at 1:11pm
    Here's a link to our old demo tape! https://soundcloud.com/sheabones/ozean-side-1-scenic-eternal-porcelain
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    1. Rune Østgård
      May 28, 2016 at 3:09am
      Really enoying this, a pity that it never hit the shelves. Thanks for making it available
      Reply
  2. Anu Shree
    February 28, 2016 at 12:36am
    When I clicked some links in this post I came to know that pandora is not available in my country (India). I really want to visit those link and waiting when pandora will be available in India.
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