Blackpool Astronomy

Seattle Gothic Shoegaze

Started as side project by Jeff McCollough a former founding member of 1990's Seattle Shoegaze band Lapis. In 1998 the project took a backseat to several other endeavors. After a year Jeff had literally worked on over 25 recordings. He would work long into the night using various vintage technologies to create the sonic atmospheres. After a couple large and painful events he got back to work crafting sonic mayhem and he started to piece together the kind of sonic patchwork he wanted. In its 8th year Jeff decided to expand and add industrial to the mix as a result what was once 2 side projects became a well-oiled machine. Fusing the ambient and industrial sounds with Jeff's love of noise and shortwave radio. He added the skills of Ben Madonna on the drums making Blackpool Astronomy a band instead of a solo project. The band released its first release in 2010. The entire album dealt with the hopelessness experienced on all sides of the Iraq war. As thing happened Jeff and Ben found themselves writing more and the bent of the songs while political expanded on the huge sounds was getting from his combo of multiple amps and pedals. The sound started to veer towards more of a gothic shoegaze with a heavy psych bent. They dumped all the material from the first record to write a new set of songs and in January 2014 they went into studio and created “Tripping The Mortal Coil” which was a collection of song inspired by the events around them including a tragic loss of Jeff’s father to cancer and the grief he was feeling. The album made social comments on the state of the City of Seattle that the band hails from as well as talked about greed in all its forms. While bringing a much more open sound which has gotten them high marks from various radio stations, fans and radio stations. The album while not yet released is getting high marks from those who review it. The band will continue it’s forward progress and 2015 will be the year the band gains a wider audience.

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New Tracks Weekend, May 12-14

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Happy Friday everyone! We have just had a discussion with our record label TBTCI records and we are very happy to announce that we are all very much looking forward to recording the next Blackpool Astronomy record. We have a few of the songs already written and we're looking forward to writing a few more together with this new lineup. Our record company has been a very strong and constant supporter of of us through thick and thin. We can't say enough good things about Renato and and his undying support. We are happy to say this record may be the strongest record we have ever made. We played a few of the songs at the Seagaze Festival and they were very well received. We can't wait to have enough of the album done that we can release a single. The next record will definitely not shy away from heavy subject matter, as if we ever have before. The early responses we've gotten to the songs live has been pretty great. We are sure that in their final forms they will be much more impressive. We are also very glad to be included on a compilation for a late supportive and loving friend Chris Tressler. Chris loved this song where putting on the comp. So we are going to give it more of what Chris loved about it and let it get even huger than it already sounds. It's been a little bit of a battle but we are still here and were stronger than ever.

So lately it's been great to see everyone getting together, supporting each other treating each other with respect and in general being a great example of the words that represent are scene. The Seagaze festival was definitely a great example of what Seattle's current scene is like. It was nice to hear our friend who was up here from California say he could definitely see that we were in our own right a Northwest version of the scene that celebrates itself. That is what's Seagaze is all about. Supporting each other by having a festival both bands and fans can afford to go to. Keeping it affordable so people get a chance to experience the atmosphere that makes our scene so special. As well as having musicians who always write with their heart and minds. It was so cool to see so many people with smiles on their faces and people really getting into the music as well as watching the bands watch the bands they were playing with that night or playing on a night when they were just there to watch really get excited about the music being played. Nothing's better than watching people really enjoy themselves and find some new band they love the first time they hear them. A great example was the Visiting Diplomats set which we will all found to be incredibly good. I sat with a few of the headliners of the festival who were very taken with their set and were determined to see them again. Honestly there were a lot of great sets at the festival but one band blew us all away out of nowhere and that was WL. There is an example of a band that in Seattle has not gotten enough press when they should be getting tons because they're that good live. Once again we're so proud of being part of that festival. As usual we are thrilled to see very big things happening for our good friends Fotoform. Also once again see Erik Blood getting even bigger than he already was. It's so cool to think we will have another one next year.

There are not many times a history we can remember where we've ever been so angry with the President of the United States. We have to wield against our presidents and shown our distrust and dismay at their actions, but to literally wake up to a new almost totalitarian decree every morning from a madman seems like much more than we have dealt with. To say we don't like the president would be an understatement. But being smart about resisting means not letting anger get the best of you and sticking to your guns. A major part of this is not doing anything that will shut down your ability to have a voice and be heard. The level of fascism we have seen over the last year is only equal to that of prewar Nazi Germany. To deal with this we must use our heads. The levels of racism, sexism homophobia, Islamophobia, anti-Semitism and misogyny are off the charts. So we have to keep working together because we are the freethinking artists and musicians as well as patrons who keep things going because we refuse to give in to fear. At this point working together, staying together as well as supporting and caring for each other is the only way we will beat these barbarians. As long as we don't turn away and we keep our voices heard and do what we can with the intelligence of people who know what they are doing and working to keep us all safe while we take to the streets if need be we should be able to survive the next month or two until Trump is dragged from his office kicking and screaming. The man is a traitor and he deserves to have his entire administration thrown out on their asses. Along with the Republican Senate and Congress.

Until the injustice ends and we have been told things have really changed for the better we will say it again we never ever subscribe to the boys club mentality that a lot of genres foster and at times use as their backbone. There is a ton of misogyny in this world right now. Sexism, racism, classism, homophobia, transphobia, Islamophobia, anti semitism and out right cruelty have skyrocketed and as ally and feminist we needed the womxn's march to jumpstart everything in our fight to resist our awful president. The power of women...Mothers, sisters, daughters, nieces is unmatched. Same is true of shoegaze. How would things sound without Elizabeth Fraser in the Cocteau Twins? Would My Bloody Valentine be half as powerful a band without Bilinda and Deb? Would Lush even have had a chance had there been no Emma or Miki in the band. Would the Pale Saints sound so pretty and would Slowdive(band) have nearly the power without Rachel's beautiful voice? The answer is no. Shoegaze is best when it's not all boys. Would a cover of Japandroids "I quit girls" be so mesmerizing had Be Forest. been all men? No! The pedals the amps help but the beauty and the stuff that melts your heart can't be bought. Bands like The Emerald Down and Velocity Girl and their predecessors like Wildhoney , Field Mouse and Warpaint even our lovely friends Tender Age would sound okay but they wouldn't hook us and make us have the emotions fully and keep us dreaming of when we get to play in a band like that. Where quality musicians and heart matter over looking like models and pop songs crafted using a machine algorithm in a lab. Yes bands like The Jesus and Mary Chain were first but they sight the Velvet Underground with Nico as a serious influence. So in this time of rampant sexist bullshit be glad our scene is not. Realize the power of people who put together great radio shows and curate the best new music because we our lucky that we have so many and with shows and blogs like "When the sun hits" We luckily get a new band to love every week. Like Whimsical and Panda Riot.

So we will be tuning in to DKFM Shoegaze Radio all weekend and week long so we can continue to support and enjoy our fellow artists because this is a strong community. As a usual policy of our band and this scene we support our fellow shoegazers. DKFM will be playing a lot of great new music including the incredible Alternative Facts compilation that was just released on bandcamp. Plus tracks from the new Fotoform record As well as our record company The Blog That Celebrates Itself which has recently had bands we love and are friends with like DRLNG, Coloring Electric Like, Black Nite Crash , Static Daydream and Panophonic appear on their great collection of tribute compilations. So tune in to DKFM and enjoy!! Commercial free!! Also make sure to go get the DKFM app for Apple ios and Android. It makes listening to DKFM easy as pie! Also be sure to check out the fancy new site and make time every Wednesday night for the lovely When the Sun Hits radio show with Amber Crain who also is responsible for the very great When The Sun Hits Blog. We love the show and we even put it on at band practice. Definitely remember to make time for DKFM Foreign Affairs with Mikkel Borbjerg Jakobsen of The Foreign Resort and The Shoegaze Collective Radio Show with Paul Lopez You will be glad you did! Lastly PLEASE STAY SAFE, BE GOOD TO EACH OTHER AND REMEMBER WE ARE HERE STILL BECAUSE WE SUPPORT EACH OTHER :) AND BECAUSE WE DON"T IGNORE THINGS THAT WE KNOW ARE WRONG! WE RAISE OUR VOICES! AND DO NOT LOOK AWAY OR WALK AWAY WHEN SOMEONE IS IN TROUBLE.

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DKFM Shoegaze Radio

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Good evening everyone I know it's been a long time and we've been super busy working on making the Seagaze Festival reality. We've been busy corresponding with both friends and bands who are determined to help us make sure the festival is a success. We've done a lot of work with our friends at DKFM Shoegaze Radio as well as some friends at KEXP who were helping us promote the festival. We even had DJ heretic from DKFM up here all weekend. While four days may not seem like a very long time. I can tell you that preparing for a four day music festival is no small undertaking. You have to keep in touch with all of the bands, press and the venue. Then you have to make sure that everyone arrives safely and knows exactly what time they're playing. As well as set up lights set up merch and prepare the venue. It has taken most of our time for the past four weeks. At the same time we've been practicing and played the Saturday night Festival show with a lot of really great bands. So to say we were exhausted afterwards is an understatement. The reward of all this work is the fact the festival was a complete success. We had a great time playing our show and the new lineup seemed to be very well received. Jeff even played with four amplifiers. He jokingly called it the Kevin Shields combo stack. We did hear from a lot of people that it sounded huge. We were very happy to play the show and honestly when played with some of the best bands in the world of shoegaze.

We were quite thrilled to open the show and play first to be followed by our good friends Vibrissae who played right after us the front room. We had played in the back and we were sharing equipment with our close friends Fotoform who have just released their first record. The record is the long-awaited debut album from the band. Every time we've seen them we have been super impressed with their talent and their writing. It was a dream to open up for them at the Festival. Their set was incredible they sounded so good and honestly we were so thrilled that we got to play with them. They seem to blow people away with their set. After them some rather good friends of ours Visiting Diplomats started to play in the front room. It was their first show ever and they sounded like seasoned pros. Every song sounded like they'd been playing live for years and this was one of many of their shows. They were really impressive and honestly we hope to play with them again. Definitely worth seeing again. When they were finished Portland's own swoon worthy shoegaze post-punks The Prids started to play in the back room. Within a few seconds the infectious sounds of their band had the room starting to cut a rug. If you've never seen them it's a little hard to explain. They are like a full-blown attack of feverish dancing and heart wrenching pretty melodies that remind you of every song that ever made you cry out of happiness. It was amazing to have the chance to play with them. We have loved their music for a long time and they definitely have an influence on the music we play. After the Prids one of our favorite local performers and good friends took the stage. Erik Blood as usual along with his partner Irene Barber blew the roof of the house. Once again Eric always proves why seeing him and Irene play is an experience you can only understand if you see them live. The set had new songs as well as a bunch of our favorites. They truly made our night when we saw them watching us in the audience so to see them play live the same night on the same stage was a dream come true. That had to be one of our best shows we've ever played. We sounded huge and we got plenty of compliments. Talk about a night to remember.

This whole festival seems to illustrate what we mean when we say we are part of the scene that celebrates itself. There was a very warm and cordial atmosphere that seem to be present every night of the festival. As usual a lot of hugs and smiles and people with a slight tear in their eye. When music actually hits you right in the heart you know you're doing it correctly. We were so thrilled our good friend Greg Wilson actually was around for the entire weekend. He has been instrumental in making sure shoegaze, dream pop, postpunk and psych have not disappeared into a black hole. We are glad to say we're pretty sure he had a great time. It was also wonderful to see our good friends play the other night's. Thursday we got to see The Malady of Sevendials blow people's minds which we knew would happen. Then we saw our good friends VibraGun tear the roof off the place with an awesome set. Along with our good friend Charlatan who once again played a tremendous set. As well as winning a bunch of new fans. The next night we got to rejoice in seeing the new lineup of Black Nite Crash absolutely mesmerize the crowd. They were one of the first local psych shoegaze bands we ever saw. So it is wonderful to see them come back so strong. Their cover of "Reptile" by the Church was fantastic we hope they make a single so we have a copy. We also really enjoyed sets by This Blinding Light, the knast, Black Ferns and God and Vanilla. Sadly the room was too packed to see much of Geist & the Sacred Ensemble. From what I did hear I was impressed. And of course Sunday night didn't disappoint. Darkswoon was like a dark sparkly dream come true. They sounded as if they had been part of the early 4AD records lineup. We were all impressed. Up after them was Coloring Electric Like. Jeff had talked to Benjamin many times over the year and he was of the mind they would be very good. He was more than right. Their set was a mixture of drones and fluid MBV like guitar atmospheres. They were incredible. They were followed by a band we've heard so much about WL. When WL took the stage we all were blown away. There was heavy as any band we'd seen and they had this amazing energy on stage. Kind of like a bunch of mad scientists with moogs made the best ambient dream pop and textured atmospheric noise. We all seemed to be entranced by their performance. We can't wait to see them again. I don't think describing them does them justice it's something you have to see for yourself.
Since it was a finale it felt it made sense to have our very good friends The Spider Ferns end the last night. They spared no expense and played through a great set of classics as well as great new songs from the new album. By the time the festival is over with we all packed up and with the help of our good friend Greg packed the car said our goodbyes, hugged our friends and headed home for the night. It was a beautiful festival we are very glad we're part of it and honestly we look forward to next year.

When things go so well and people are so happy it is extremely sad when the next day you receive news that a long-term friend has passed. That friend being Chris Tressler. Chris is probably one of the best examples of someone who got what were all about. Supporting each other, being there in times of need and in general celebrating the achievements of our friends and fellow bands. To explain this I will step in. Chris was a good friend he was always supportive of the band and he was a supporter of Seagaze and he never held it against me when I was too sick to keep up and be an active member of the scene. He was truly the kind of person everyone should want is a fan of their band and as a friend. It was a little odd to come home after such a great weekend then hear the news of his passing. Shedding tears for someone who never held anything against you when at times life was extremely difficult. For that reason we are working on a special version of a song we knew Chris loved. I'm having a hard time not crying writing this. There are plenty of times his support made a very bad day instead an extremely good one. Thank you to Krissy for letting us all know about his passing. He will be extremely missed and we will have to work hard to make sure his memory is honored in a way that makes sure what he believed carries on.

It's been nice to see the scene being a community of loving and supportive people. It's what makes us so different from the other music genres. It Keeps us from becoming petty and much like every other group of self centered musicians. Just like the scene Seagaze is not about ego, it's about bringing people together who love music who would like to have an escape from the pain and stresses that affect them on a daily basis. It's about having a weekend of great bands playing intimate shows that everyone can afford. That allow someone who's had a rough year to relax and just enjoy the music. I think that's why people like Chris Tressler were so supportive because it was about being part of the scene that celebrates itself. As well as making music accessible to people in all economic groups. So it's been really great to see so much support within the various groups and a real sense of community that one point seemed like it might've died.

Until the injustice ends we will say it again we never ever subscribe to the boys club mentality that a lot of genres foster and at times use as their backbone. There is a ton of misogyny in this world right now. Sexism, racism, classism, homophobia, transphobia, Islamophobia, anti semitism and out right cruelty have skyrocketed and as ally and feminist we needed the womxn's march to jumpstart everything in our fight to resist our awful president. The power of women...Mothers, sisters, daughters, nieces is unmatched. Same is true of shoegaze. How would things sound without Elizabeth Fraser in the Cocteau Twins? Would My Bloody Valentine be half as powerful a band without Bilinda and Deb? Would Lush even have had a chance had there been no Emma or Miki in the band. Would the Pale Saints sound so pretty and would Slowdive have nearly the power without Rachel's beautiful voice? The answer is no. Shoegaze is best when it's not all boys. Would a cover of Japandroids "I quit girls" be so mesmerizing had Be Forest been all men? No! The pedals the amps help but the beauty and the stuff that melts your heart can't be bought. Bands like The Emerald Down and Velocity Girl and their predecessors like Wildhoney , Field Mouse and Warpaint even our lovely friends Tender Age would sound okay but they wouldn't hook us and make us have the emotions fully and keep us dreaming of when we get to play in a band like that. Where quality musicians and heart matter over looking like models and pop songs crafted using a machine algorithm in a lab. Yes bands like The Jesus and Mary Chain were first but they sight the Velvet Underground with Nico as a serious influence. So in this time of rampant sexist bullshit be glad our scene is not. Realize the power of people who put together great radio shows and curate the best new music because we our lucky that we have so many and with shows and blogs like "When the sun hits" We luckily get a new band to love every week. Like
Whimsical and Panda Riot.

So we will be tuning in to DKFM Shoegaze Radio all week long so we can continue to support and enjoy our fellow artists because this is a strong community. As a usual policy of our band and this scene we support our fellow shoegazers. DKFM will be playing a lot of great new music including the incredible Alternative Facts compilation that was just released on bandcamp. Plus tracks from the new Fotoform record As well as our record company The Blog That Celebrates Itself which has recently had bands we love and are friends with like DRLNG, Coloring Electric Like, Visiting Diplomats , Static Daydream and Panophonic appear on their great collection of tribute compilations. So tune in to DKFM and enjoy!! Commercial free!! Also make sure to go get the DKFM app for Apple ios and Android. It makes listening to DKFM easy as pie! Also be sure to check out the fancy new site and make time every Wednesday night for the lovely When the Sun Hits radio show with Amber Crain who also is responsible for the very great When The Sun Hits Blog. We love the show and we even put it on at band practice. Definitely remember to make time for DKFM Foreign Affairs with Mikkel Borbjerg Jakobsen of The Foreign Resort and The Shoegaze Collective Radio Show with Paul Lopez You will be glad you did! Lastly PLEASE STAY SAFE, BE GOOD TO EACH OTHER AND REMEMBER WE ARE HERE STILL BECAUSE WE SUPPORT EACH OTHER :) AND BECAUSE WE DON"T IGNORE THINGS THAT WE KNOW ARE WRONG! WE RAISE OUR VOICES! AND DO NOT LOOK AWAY OR WALK AWAY WHEN SOMEONE IS IN TROUBLE.

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New Tracks Weekend, April 28-30

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Busy night! Post Tomorrow night! until then remember it's new tracks weekend on DKFM Shoegaze Radio!

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We try write something worth reading generally very supportive of our fans and fellow bands. This week Jeff who normally writes this had to take it easy. He is doing just fine and we had very good practice on Saturday. Next week we will back to our normal post until have a great week and don't forget to tune into DKFM Shoegaze Radio! Love to all of you also don't forget Amber Crain's show When the Sun hits show at 7pm pacific or Mikkel Borbjerg Jakobsen's DKFM Foreign Affairs as well The Shoegaze Collective Radio Show on Tuesdays at 7pm pacific as well. Have a great week!

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New Tracks Weekend, March 31 – April 2

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Hello everyone want to thank you for reading this post every week. Last week we sure were busy getting ready for the festival and making sure certain loose ends were tied up. It really means a lot that you care and once again please know that is appreciated very much. With our last practice under our we are very excited to play the Seagaze festival. Also please continue support Planned Parenthood and the ACLU by getting a copy of the Alternatives Facts compilation. After VP Mike Pence voted as the tiebreaker to defund Planned Parenthood, it is a very crucial time and they really need our support. It's a great compilation with many the best shoegaze bands around. We are once again extremely honored to be part of this effort. We must think Cory Osborne and Greg Wilson for including us in their amazing work support such worthy and vital organizations. The proceeds of this compilation will be split evenly between Planned Parenthood and the ACLU.

This milestone really helped us stay together as a band. As we have said before since Ben left the band things not been very easy. As all things change so has that. I'm thrilled to think we have come back from the brink and with our new bass player Courtney and our amazing friend who is filling in on drums Thane we sound like I have dreamt it should. Thane is a great drummer we are lucky to have him. He just got back from playing with Will More. He is best known for playing in the Little Hearts and Furniture Girls. At the moment we are working on a new batch of songs that will become part of a new album later this year. We are so happy to be part of TBTCI records and have the support of Renato Malizia. We are really looking forward to sharing with you what we have been working on.

Once again a big thank you to all of you who supported us through all of this and said we should not give up. It has meant the world. As you said we would, we are coming out of this a better band than we were before. Which is great because we can put some energy back into the scene by supporting our fellow bands and fans and helping some bands get their material out along with helping them get shows. One way we do this is by supporting people who put on festivals and even putting on a regional festival. Jeff is once again working day and night on the Seagaze festival. It's in its second year and it should be really good just like the first one was. This year DJ heretic of DKFM Shoegaze radio is coming up and he secured him as well Chris from Neon Sigh and Jim Biggs from Black Nite Crash.

This year seems to be some kind of out of control roller coaster crash. It is a constant period of worry and sadness for a lot of our friends and loved ones. There is nothing about this country that makes it all right to detain people due to religious views. It is against the Constitution and is outright fascism. Supposedly Flint Michigan finally may have a solution to the putrid water the city has been peddling to the poor residents. I only hope this is true because these people have been suffering for too long. And I am sad to say that with the current leadership of the EPA this will only get worse. The injustice of the Dakota pipeline as well as the permitting of the Keystone XL pipeline is some of the worst dehumanizing behavior we have seen since Custer's last stand. The Bureau of Indian affairs needs to be under the leadership of people like Dennis Banks of the American Indian movement and Leonard Peltier needs be pardoned immediately. In our own town the Duwamish tribe walk the streets penniless and hungry because their tribal charter is denied. There is no excuse for this. We have a very self-centered mayor here in Seattle who pretends to do the right thing but doesn't unless it means that filling his pockets. One thing is clear repealing ACA did not happen like our moron president said it would.

One thing is very clear we must resist we must lift our voices high and make it known we do not accept the current nationalist viewpoints of our president. We must stay supportive of our fellow musicians. No one ever wins and people act like bullies seriously time to stop now is no excuse for your behavior. So it's sad to hear that names we will not repeat keep pushing their agendas. Again behind closed doors in personal messages. I'm sure you all know this helps no one. It makes those who go after people look like obnoxious spoiled brats. Honestly going after people who are close to dancing with death may make us all look bad. Honestly you want karma to kick your ass keep doing what you're doing. The evidence is easy to produce and there's tons of it and honestly people in high places are really tired of people like you messing with what they started.

On a very positive note many of you have been proving why this scene is called the scene that celebrates itself. Many of you work very hard to be supportive. It's very beautiful to see and it really cancels out the darkness we've experienced lately. Many of you worked to support deserving causes your music which is beautiful. Nothing is more important than letting your music help someone listening or by having your music be a source of information for positive reflection for those who really need it in these dark times. Many of you get it and you make us all smile with your generosity, kindness and integrity. It's so good to see that the petty are a small group and generous and kind are the majority of the people. This is really important some people who are listening and using our music as a way to celebrate or survive their lives really need to feel that magic that we all did when we first heard the first notes of the song that brought us to be part of this beautiful wonderful scene that we treasure and hopefully make better everyday. So we must thank our fans and our supporters who let us know we're doing something right supporting us and sharing our music with others whether it be friends or the world. Let them see the reason why we respect our elders and why we don't think of them as gods and instead thought of them as people who made a difference. People who pushed open doors for all of us. So this genre could be taken seriously on some thought they were out of their minds. So that our listeners and our supporters and people who spend most of their lives listening every new band they find at least once can enjoy the music in whatever way makes them happy. Whether it's a starry night drive, a quiet evening at home or on a night when they really need some magic to bring them back from a place of pain or sorrow. We know the power of music. We are so glad the listeners get so much. So thank you as well for listening we're proud and honored that you enjoy our music.

We are really looking forward to playing the Seagaze festival again this year! The lineup is looking amazing this year. After that we will be working on a new full length for TBTCI records and possibly playing some shows as we can. Honestly we are in a much better place to make a great record that will be worth the wait and to put out something very special. Thanks to Matt Catling of The Reverb for playing our special track on his show. He is one of the people who adds his time and enthusiasm to our scene. Cheers to you Matt! One thing is for sure the refugee ban is one of the most destructive and heinous executive orders ever. We are so proud we are from Seattle and we have people like our state governor Jay Inslee and state attorney general Bob Ferguson. They struck a blow to a sinister piece of backwards legislation straight from the mouth of pathological liar. The resistance is working so let's keep it up. The payoff will be huge if we keep going and keep watching out for each other.

Until the injustice of misogyny ends we will say it again we never ever subscribe to the boys club mentality that a lot of genres foster and at times use as their backbone. There is a ton of misogyny in this world right now. Sexism, Racism, Classism, Homophobia, Transphobia, Islamophobia, anti semitism and out right cruelty have skyrocketed and as ally and feminist we needed the womxn's march to jumpstart everything in our fight to resist our awful president. The power of women...Mothers, sisters, daughters, nieces is unmatched. Same is true of shoegaze. How would things sound without Elizabeth Fraser in the Cocteau Twins? Would My Bloody Valentine be half as powerful a band without Bilinda and Deb? Would Lush even have had a chance had there been no Emma or Miki in the band. Would the Pale Saints sound so pretty and would Slowdive have nearly the power without Rachel's beautiful voice? The answer is no. Shoegaze is best when it's not all boys. Would a cover of Japandroids "I quit girls" be so mesmerizing had Be Forest been all men? No! The pedals the amps help but the beauty and the stuff that melts your heart can't be bought. Bands like The Emerald Down and Velocity Girl and their predecessors like Wildhoney , Field Mouse and Warpaint even our lovely friends Tender Age would sound okay but they wouldn't hook us and make us have the emotions fully and keep us dreaming of when we get to play in a band like that. Where quality musicians and heart matter over looking like models and pop songs crafted using a machine algorithm in a lab. Yes bands like The Jesus and Mary Chain were first but they sight the Velvet Underground with Nico as a serious influence. So in this time of rampant sexist bullshit be glad our scene is not. Realize the power of people who put together great radio shows and curate the best new music because we our lucky that we have so many and with shows and blogs like "When the sun hits" We luckily get a new band to love every week. Like Whimsical to and Panda Riot.

Once again I know a lot of us have been feeling some very intense emotions. Feeling lost, Feeling a lack of hope a fear of being punished for our beliefs and morals. It's easy to feel that way we have a very insane man as our president. Even though many of us will not accept him as as our president. Truth is we don't have too. He is not worthy of that title and you have every right to feel no allegiance to the bastard in chief. No matter what anyone says you're under no obligation to show respect. Standing together against Domestic Violence and hate crimes and not turning away and pretending it isn’t there. So tonight and every night know all of you who are afraid of this wave of hatred and bigotry coming from all sides, We are all here we the community are here and we will not be quiet if we see you in trouble or in need. We will be there and we will do what we can to keep to make sure you feel safe.

So we will be tuning in to DKFM Shoegaze Radio all week long so we can continue to support and enjoy our fellow artists because this is a strong community. As a usual policy of our band and this scene we support our fellow shoegazers. DKFM will be playing a lot of great new music including the incredible Alternative Facts compilation that was just released on bandcamp. Plus tracks from the new Fotoform record As well as our record company The Blog That Celebrates Itself which has recently had bands we love and are friends with like DRLNG, Vibrissae, Visiting Diplomats , Static Daydream and Panophonic appear on their great collection of tribute compilations. You can also hear Seagaze headliner our very good friend the very talented and kind Erik Blood who won The Stranger's 2016 genius award for music and is scheduled to play this year as well with our pals Fotoform and The Prids and we are proud to say we are opening that show! So tune in to DKFM and enjoy!! Commercial free!! Also make sure to go get the DKFM app for Apple ios and Android. It makes listening to DKFM easy as pie! Also be sure to check out the fancy new site and make time every Wednesday night for the lovely When the Sun Hits radio show with Amber Crain who also is responsible for the very great When The Sun Hits Blog. We love the show and we even put it on at band practice. Definitely remember to make time for DKFM Foreign Affairs with Mikkel Borbjerg Jakobsen of The Foreign Resort and The Shoegaze Collective Radio Show with Paul Lopez You will be glad you did! Lastly PLEASE STAY SAFE, BE GOOD TO EACH OTHER AND REMEMBER WE ARE HERE STILL BECAUSE WE SUPPORT EACH OTHER :) AND BECAUSE WE DON"T IGNORE THINGS THAT WE KNOW ARE WRONG! WE RAISE OUR VOICES! AND DO NOT LOOK AWAY OR WALK AWAY WHEN SOMEONE IS IN TROUBLE.

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Good evening everyone I want to say thank you to all of you who read this post every week. It means a lot that you care and please know and it's very much appreciated. We are getting very excited to play the Seagaze festival which will be the debut of our new members. We are once again extremely honored to be part of the Alternative Facts compilation along with a bunch of our friends and bands we respect no end! Thank you to Cory Osborne and Greg Wilson for their amazing work to get this going and all the proceeds form this will be split evenly between Planned Parenthood and the ACLU Nationwide.

This milestone has really helped us as a band because we have had a rough time since our drummer Ben left the band. Now we are working on the new batch of songs some of them written last summer and we will be writing a few more for the upcoming album to be released on our label TBTCI records. We our looking forward to moving forward and sharing our music with all of you.

Thank you to all of you who supported us and told me that we would come out this a better band and an even better part of the shoegaze scene. There were times things looked very bleak. I am happy to say it's not that way anymore. When Cory contacted me I felt like something was finally about to change and it clearly did. New songs new sounds new members new record and the same supportive attitude we have always strive to have with our fellow bands.

This year really continues to be a constant roller coaster of emotions and worries for our friends and loved ones who may be detained at moment without provocation. Not to mention the mayhem in Flint that is still an issue and the injustice of the Dakota Access pipeline and the renewing of lease for the Keystone pipeline as well. The mistreatment of water protectors and the tribes in general which has been a problem since the 70's. It's in no way a new problem it's just hadn't gained the right angry voices. AIM has been around for many years under the leadership of Dennis Banks. We actually all signed a petition asking Obama to pardon Leonard Peltier. In our home town the natives of the Duwamish tribe mostly live on the streets thanks to the Bureau of Indian Affairs refusing to recognize their tribal charter. Under persecution with barely anything but the clothes on their backs under a self centered Mayor. One thing is clear hate is very much alive and sadly pettiness exists in many places. Especially with all the wonderful new hate crimes that happen daily. The repeal of the ACA which will hurt millions and kill thousands. Not to mention the de-funding of Planned Parenthood which do catastrophic to the quality of women's and men's health all over the united states. Planned Parenthood does much then help women with abortions and the more people know the better the chance they think about what this will really do to our country.

We must Resist. We must stay supportive of our fellow musicians. No one really wins when people act like high school bullies. Seriously time to stop! So it's beyond sad to hear that names we need not repeat have been pushing their petty agendas again behind closed doors and by personal message. You all know this helps no one and in the end makes those who go after people look like obnoxious spoiled children especially the ones who seem to go after people who literally are lucky to be still alive, better hope karma isn't keeping tabs because karma can be cold and unforgiving. This makes us really sad it's unnecessary. For whatever reason please take it somewhere else please ASAP or risk being called a bunch of beyond cruel bullies. Sadly the evidence is too easy to produce and there is tons of it. Do you think the scene that celebrates itself doesn't see have eyes and ears? We are not blind. We have a message to you Grow Up!! To quote one person we didn't deal with NME for you to act like the spoiled rich kids they claimed we were. Blind eyes are open.

The extremely positive side is many of you work very hard to be supportive and it has been beautiful. Honestly we have noticed that the scene celebrates itself is really in full effect. Many of you work to support excellent and deserving causes with your music. Many of you get it and you make us all smile with your generosity, kindness and integrity. It's so good to see that the petty are a small group and generous and kind are the majority of the people. We love that fact! We are definitely still The Scene that celebrates itself and we should be extremely proud of that. It's keep us going and moving forward. It makes things welcoming and heartfelt to those who choose to listen to our music and let it be part of their memories and dreams. People who let our words and voice touch their hearts and minds. People who choose a song every time they need a break from the stress or just want to fully take in a favorite place or a midnight drive on a starry night. Let just let them have the magical experience we did the first time we heard the first wave of gaze! Let them see the reason why we generally respect our elders and think of them not as gods but people who had made a difference. People who pushed to open doors for all of us. So this genre could be taken seriously when some thought they were out of their minds.

We are really looking forward to playing the Seagaze festival again this year! The lineup is looking amazing this year. After that we will be working on a new full length for TBTCI records and possibly playing some shows as we can. Honestly we are in a much better place to make a great record that will be worth the wait and to put out something very special. Thanks to Matt Catling of The Reverb for playing our special track on his show. He is one of the people who adds his time and enthusiasm to our scene. Cheers to you Matt! One thing is for sure the refugee ban is one of the most destructive and heinous executive orders ever. We are so proud we are from Seattle and we have people like our state governor Jay Inslee and state attorney general Bob Ferguson. They struck a blow to a sinister piece of backwards legislation straight from the mouth of pathological liar. The resistance is working so let's keep it up. The payoff will be huge if we keep going and keep watching out for each other.

Until the injustice ends we will say it again we never ever subscribe to the boys club mentality that a lot of genres foster and at times use as their backbone. There is a ton of misogyny in this world right now. Sexism, racism, classism, homophobia, transphobia, Islamophobia, anti semitism and out right cruelty have skyrocketed and as ally and feminist we needed the womxn's march to jumpstart everything in our fight to resist our awful president. The power of women...Mothers, sisters, daughters, nieces is unmatched. Same is true of shoegaze. How would things sound without Elizabeth Fraser in the Cocteau Twins? Would My Bloody Valentine be half as powerful a band without Bilinda and Deb? Would Lush even have had a chance had there been no Emma or Miki in the band. Would the Pale Saints sound so pretty and would Slowdive have nearly the power without Rachel's beautiful voice? The answer is no. Shoegaze is best when it's not all boys. Would a cover of Japandroids "I quit girls" be so mesmerizing had Be Forest been all men? No! The pedals the amps help but the beauty and the stuff that melts your heart can't be bought. Bands like The Emerald Down and Velocity Girl and their predecessors like Wildhoney , Field Mouse and Warpaint even our lovely friends Tender Age would sound okay but they wouldn't hook us and make us have the emotions fully and keep us dreaming of when we get to play in a band like that. Where quality musicians and heart matter over looking like models and pop songs crafted using a machine algorithm in a lab. Yes bands like The Jesus and Mary Chain were first but they sight the Velvet Underground with Nico as a serious influence. So in this time of rampant sexist bullshit be glad our scene is not. Realize the power of people who put together great radio shows and curate the best new music because we our lucky that we have so many and with shows and blogs like "When the sun hits" We luckily get a new band to love every week. Like the Whimsical and Panda Riot.

Once again I know a lot of us have been feeling some very intense emotions. Feeling lost, Feeling a lack of hope a fear of being punished for our beliefs and morals. It's easy to feel that way we have a very insane man as our president. Even though many of us will not accept him as as our president. Truth is we don't have too. He is not worthy of that title and you have every right to feel no allegiance to the bastard in chief. No matter what anyone says you're under no obligation to show respect. Standing together against Domestic Violence and hate crimes and not turning away and pretending it isn’t there. Just like anything else that shows a real lack of care or prejudice due to ignorance. It's bad for both men and women and we need to stand against it. We also need to support those organizations that work so valiantly to provide shelter, safety and hope for those dealing with such a horrible thing in their lives. Just like we support organizations that support the LGBT, Trans as well as Black Lives Matter and the many organizations that are included in the multi ethnic fabric that makes our country so special. Ignorance is never bliss for anyone.

So tonight and every night know all of you who are afraid of this wave of hatred and bigotry coming from all sides, We are all here we the community are here and we will not be quiet if we see you in trouble or in need. We will be there and we will do what we can to keep to make sure you feel safe.

So we will be tuning in to DKFM Shoegaze Radio all week long so we can continue to support and enjoy our fellow artists because this is a strong community. As a usual policy of our band and this scene we support our fellow shoegazers. DKFM will be playing a lot of great new music including the incredible Alternative Facts compilation that was just released on bandcamp. Plus tracks from the new Fotoform record As well as our record company The Blog That Celebrates Itself which has recently had bands we love and are friends with like DRLNG, Vibrissae, Visiting Diplomats , Static Daydream and Panophonic appear on their great collection of tribute compilations. You can also hear Seagaze headliner our very good friend the very talented and kind Erik Blood who won The Stranger's 2016 genius award for music and is scheduled to play this year as well with our pals Fotoform and The Prids and we are proud to say we are opening that show! So tune in to DKFM and enjoy!! Commercial free!! Also make sure to go get the DKFM app for Apple ios and Android. It makes listening to DKFM easy as pie! Also be sure to check out the fancy new site and make time every Wednesday night for the lovely When the Sun Hits radio show with Amber Crain who also is responsible for the very great When The Sun Hits Blog. We love the show and we even put it on at band practice. Definitely remember to make time for DKFM Foreign Affairs with Mikkel Borbjerg Jakobsen of The Foreign Resort and The Shoegaze Collective Radio Show with Paul Lopez You will be glad you did! Lastly PLEASE STAY SAFE, BE GOOD TO EACH OTHER AND REMEMBER WE ARE HERE STILL BECAUSE WE SUPPORT EACH OTHER :) AND BECAUSE WE DON"T IGNORE THINGS THAT WE KNOW ARE WRONG! WE RAISE OUR VOICES! AND DO NOT LOOK AWAY OR WALK AWAY WHEN SOMEONE IS IN TROUBLE.

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To play and write music that brings heart to the mix. Good music is not product

Influences

Band Members

Jeff McCollough: Vocals. Guitars, Sequencing

Jason Markin:Drums, Lights

Courtney Ward: Bass, Vocals

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TBTCI records

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