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.

The official facebook page of the Seattle band Blackpool Astronomy of TBTCI records.

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New Tracks Weekend, February 10-12

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Normally we would have a nice long post. This week I am sad to report we are all fighting whatever plague cold is going around. So please stay strong and hug those you love tight because we never know what could happen. As well as know we are here as a community and as a result we our strong against the hate, anger and deception that lives at 1400 Pennsylvania. Until next weekend enjoy DKFM Shoegaze Radio's new track weekend! and be sure to make time Tuesday's for the The Shoegaze Collective Radio Show, Wednesday make time for Amber Crain's When The Sun Hits Blog radio show and time for DKFM Foreign Affairs with Mikkel Borbjerg Jakobsen. Have a great weekend.

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New Tracks Weekend, February 3-5

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First of all I want to say thank you to all of you who read this post every week. It means a lot more than you know and it's very much appreciated.
I will be honest lately we all have been struggling to stay positive and sometimes it has been very hard to keep my head. Last year was an abomination except for some very bright spots in a very dark night of a year. I removed a toxic person from my life because on top of being a problem we could not communicate. I dealt with domestic violence personally in a very real and intense way. This weekend we play on Super Bowl sunday a day most enjoy that also has more domestic violence reports than any other day of the year. So it's important to mention it not hide that fact away. Also keep it in mind if you hear your neighbors beating the crap out of each other there is a chance one of them may need your help. One thing is for sure the refugee ban is one of the most destructive and heinous executive orders ever. I am so glad 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!

As we are ready for our upcoming shows I am happy to say I will be joined on stage by our sadly temporary but very talented bass player Kimberley Rizk. We will be playing these as a two piece and these arrangements will focus more on an intimate gazey feel. We have some new songs and a few favorites for those of you who make it to the shows at High Dive on the 5th this Sunday night with our mates Black Nite Crash and Lo- Fi on the 10th of February with Blakk Glass, Vibrissae and The Purrs. Kimberley and I have known each for a while and she is sadly only able to play these shows. She had a long history playing in Below Blackstar before she had to take a long break. It has been very nice to play with such a talented musician and good friend. We do not subscribe to the boys club mentality. There is a ton of misogyny in this world right now. Some people are dumb enough to ask why the Womxn's march was needed? This makes us all wonder where they have been. The truth is sexism, racism, classism, homophobia, transphobia, Islamophobia, anti semitism and out right cruelty have skyrocketed and as ally and feminist I think we needed the womxn's to jumpstart everything in our fight to resist our awful president. The power of women...Mothers, sisters, daughters, nieces is unmatched. That march could not have been so powerful had been organized men. 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 would sound good but they wouldn't hook us and make us 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. 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.

With the events of the last 2 weeks 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. He is a narcissist and that is extremely dangerous.It is likely he also has narcissistic personality disorder (NPD) Which means he has a long-term pattern of abnormal behavior characterized by exaggerated feelings of self-importance, an excessive need for admiration, and a lack of understanding of others' feelings or care for them. As someone who has dealt with individuals with NPD, I can tell you they are a terror to be around. They make life a living hell for those around them. Sadly with a president like this we all must not let him think we are giving up. That is why we must continue to support each other sincerely and we must react in multiple ways.

We are now almost a month into 2017. As a band we lost a drummer and while that was sad we knew it was coming. When you see your friend struggle with constant pain you know it's time to let them do what is best for their health. No one should have to be in pain to make you feel better. With this in mind we are sad to see Jason go but know we will always consider him a great friend. We hope he has a good time being back in The Emerald Down. We look forward to what comes of their new record. We are sad Jeff couldn't stay in the band due his health issues and the difference in time zones. Luckily they found two great guitar players to replace him.
This year we are rebuilding the line-up and recording a new album that will eclipse our first record. With all the toxic energy and heartbreak last year writing beautiful songs that mean a lot seems to come easy. When you write with your heart and from experience the music seems to flow and you make music that lasts the tests of time. A lot of us lost relatives, a brother, a mother or father last year. While at the same time losing one or more musical heroes.
The multiple tragedies caused by the ignorant and bigoted also brought us to tears. The fire in Oakland in our minds still to this day. Remembering lost friends who died in this horrible tragedy. This community lost some very good people who were friends to a lot of us in the scene. Being good to each other and showing love and support we honor those lost in the best possible way.

One thing we all need to continue to watch out for is the signs of abuse. Especially since we have the donald as president and some feel the rules have changed and they can go back to acting like cave men. Sometimes they are small and sometimes they are clear as day but the person being abused has no idea that it has gone on. Sadly some people decide to make fun of people who chose to use domestic violence survivor services so they don’t burn themselves out or kill themselves as a way escaping. These people have no idea where someone is when they understand it’s time to ask for help. They have never been there or afraid to ask for themselves. Having a second opinion from someone who is not biased and wants a safe environment for all involved not just for the abused party. That’s why we turn to them so an impartial ear trained to help can help us remove ourselves from the situation and start the healing process. Therefore relieving the pressure on those around you who may be at their breaking point. We must stand together against Domestic Violence and not turn away and pretend 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 like SafePlace Olympia 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.

One thing we must remember in 2017 is what makes us special and strong and resilient. The fact we continue to support each other, We all stand together and realize that we our the scene that celebrates itself. We treasure it!!! If creative expression is going to survive we must not act divided. We our very strong if we raise our voices and keep helping each other and watching out for each other. This is in no way about any one band specifically there are plenty of bands who forget this. It's about what some of us feel needs to stop. Some of us have had great tragedy in our lives this year and having been dealing with horrible things including stage 4 cancer and the stress of resurrecting a band. So it is very important we use our hearts we use to write and to treat those with love and understanding. We are truly in this together and the sooner we remember this the better this scene will be.

We all know some of us have personal issues with people but going on a tirade about their band publicly only makes us look weak. It's ruins our artistic integrity. Unless the band refuse to acknowledge a major violation that is criminal. Rape should and will never be swept under the rug neither should any acts of ignorance we see. We watch the most recent events at Standing Rock and in Flint in anger and horror. Not to mention the disgusting comments of the alt right and Steve Bannon and his followers who are fascists echoed by white in tacky suits. Breitbart is a sick and twisted propaganda machine run by Bannon who is the Joseph Goebels of our time. How dare he tell the free press to shut up! Sick people like him only make the world worse and deserve a swift kick into the stratosphere along with his disciples like Milo. Women are being harassed in insanely disturbing ways that are inexcusable and disgusting and seem to get more fucking brazen as we get farther into the presidency of the cheeto.

So tonight and everynight 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. This band started in 2000, Our first record was a response to bald face lies by the ruling class of coming straight out of Dick Cheney's mouth. We will always be a political, feminist band and we will gladly stand by our words and our actions. The only way we survive is create true unity and a strong reaction using our voices and our hearts and especially our music. Once again be ready for something very powerful from us that addresses these issues and domestic abuse because it's not our policy to walk away from an issue that may be difficult. More likely to go head to head with it and tear it a new one with one with vigor.

We spent most of the summer writing the new album which sounds great. We are almost ready to record it and share it with you. We our going to be expanding our line-up and even have some very talented guests on new our record. We are excited that TBTCI records has agreed to release it late this year. Speaking of great new releases Our friend from Philly Tom Lugo continues to put a bunch of great benefits comps out to help heal some of the world's most forgotten. The most recent being Rock Back for Haiti which is available through Patetico Recordings page on bandcamp. Jeff's dad lived in D.C. so he became a huge Velocity Girl and Tsunami fan as well as a Skywave fan thanks to Third Rail Radio on WMUC. As a result we still find ourselves binge listening to Wildhoney and Field Mouse thanks to him daily. The lyrics on both bands records are so easy to relate to especially in those crazy times. They were both definitely worth the wait to see live! Wildhoney is on the Continental Drift compilation out on Slumberland Records with Mercury Girls who we also adore and hope to see next time they make it to Seattle.

So we will be tuning in to DKFM Shoegaze Radio So we can support and enjoy our fellow artists. 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 from our record company The Blog That Celebrates Itself has recently had bands we love and are friends with like Golden Gardens who are playing this years Dancing On The Valentine benefit for the Leukemia and Lymphoma society that is organized by the lovely Jenny George, DRLNG, JAGUWAR, Vibrissae, Static Daydream, Panophonic and the mighty 93MillionMilesFromTheSun appear on their great collection of tribute compilations. They will be playing music from our very good friends from San Francisco LSD and the Search for God who played the Seagaze festival with DKFM station favorite and Seagaze headliner our very good friend the very talented 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! 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 . 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 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. LET’S MAKE 2017 OUR YEAR!!

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This Friday, Stand with Bandcamp in Support of Immigrants/Basic Human Values

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This Friday, for any purchase you make, Blackpool Astronomy or any other artist they will donate 100% of their share of the proceeds to the ACLU Nationwide.

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This Friday, Stand with Bandcamp in Support of Immigrants/Basic Human Values

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This Friday be sure to drop by and grab a copy of our record! Its for a great cause! https://theblogthatcelebratesitself.bandcamp.com/album/blackpool-astronomy-tripping-the-mortal-coil

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New Tracks Weekend, January 27-29

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As we approach our upcoming shows I am happy to say I will be joined on stage by our sadly temporary but very talented bass player Kimberley Rizk. We will be playing as a two piece and these arrangements will focus more on an intimate gazey feel. We have some new songs and a few favorites for those of you who make it to the shows at High Dive on the 5th and Lo- Fi on the 10th of February. Kimberley and I have known each for a while and she is sadly only able to play these shows. She had a long history playing in Below Blackstar before she had to take a long break. It has been very nice to play with such a talented musician and good friend. We do not subscribe to the boys club mentality. There is a ton of misogyny in this world right now. Some people are dumb enough to ask why the Womxn's march was needed? This makes us all wonder where they have been. The truth is sexism, racism, classism, homophobia, transphobia, Islamophobia, anti semitism and out right cruelty have skyrocketed and as ally and feminist I think we needed the womxn's to jumpstart everything in our fight to resist our awful president. The power of women...Mothers, sisters, daughters, nieces is unmatched. That march could not have been so powerful had been organized men. 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 would sound good but they wouldn't hook us and make us 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. 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.

With the events of this week 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. He is a narcissist and that is extremely dangerous.It is likely he also has narcissistic personality disorder (NPD) Which means he has a long-term pattern of abnormal behavior characterized by exaggerated feelings of self-importance, an excessive need for admiration, and a lack of understanding of others' feelings or care for them. As someone who has dealt with individuals with NPD, I can tell you they are a terror to be around. They make life a living hell for those around them. Sadly with a president like this we all must not let him think we are giving up. That is why we must continue to support each other sincerely.
We are now almost a month into 2017. As a band lost a drummer and while that was sad we knew it was coming. When you see your friend struggle with constant pain you know it's time to let them do what is best for their health. No one should have to be in pain to make you feel better. With this in mind we are sad to see Jason go but know we will always consider him a great friend. We hope he has a good time being back in The Emerald Down. We look forward to what comes of their new record.

This year we are rebuilding the line-up and recording a new album that will eclipse our first record. With all the toxic energy and heartbreak last year writing beautiful songs that mean a lot seems to come easy. When you write with your heart and from experience the music seems to flow and you make music that lasts the tests of time. A lot of us lost relatives, a brother, a mother or father last year. While at the same time losing one or more musical heroes.
The multiple tragedies caused by the ignorant and bigoted also brought us to tears. The fire in Oakland in our minds still to this day. Remembering lost friends who died in this horrible tragedy. This community lost some very good people who were friends to a lot of us in the scene. Being good to each other and showing love and support we honor those lost in the best possible way.
One thing we all need to continue to watch out for is the signs of abuse. Sometimes they are small and sometimes they are clear as day but the person being abused has no idea that it has gone on. Sadly with the incoming president domestic violence has spiked and is out of control due to a lot of very despicable people feeling no one will care and they will never get in trouble for it. Sadly some people decide to make fun of people who chose to use these services so they don’t burn themselves out or kill themselves as a way escaping. These people have no idea where someone is when they understand it’s time to ask fro real help. They have never been there or afraid to ask for themselves. Having a second opinion from someone who is not biased and wants a safe environment for all involved not just for the abused party. That’s why we turn to them so an impartial ear trained to help can help us remove ourselves from the situation and start the healing process. Therefore relieving the pressure on those around you who may be at their breaking point. We must stand against Domestic Violence and not turn away and pretend it isn’t there. It's bad for both men and women and we need to stand against it. We also need to support those organizations that like SafePlace Olympia that work so valiantly to provide shelter, safety and hope for those dealing with such a horrible thing in their
lives.

One thing we must remember in 2017 is what makes us special and strong and resilient. The fact we continue to support each other, We all stand together and realize that we our the scene that celebrates itself. We treasure it!!! If creative expression is going to survive we must not act divided. We our very strong if we raise our voices and keep helping each other and watching out for each other. This is in no way about any one band specifically there are plenty of bands who forget this. It's about what some of us feel needs to stop. Some of us have had great tragedy in our lives this year and having been dealing with horrible things including stage 4 cancer and the stress of resurrecting a band. So it is very important we use our hearts we use to write and to treat those with love and understanding. We are truly in this together and the sooner we remember this the better this scene will be.

We all know some of us have personal issues with people but going on a tirade about their band publicly only makes us look weak. It's ruins our artistic integrity. Unless the band refuse to acknowledge a major violation that is criminal. Rape should and will never be swept under the rug neither should any acts of ignorance we see. We watch the events at Standing Rock and in Flint in anger and horror. Not to mention the disgusting comments of the alt right and Steve Bannon and his followers who are fascists echoed by white in tacky suits. Breitbart is a sick and twisted propaganda machine run by Bannon who is the Joseph Gerbels of our time. How dare he tell the free press to shut -up! Sick people like him only make the world worse and deserve a swift kick into the stratosphere along with his disciples. This has once again been a hellish week for anyone with a conscience and a good heart and integrity. We have seen hate crimes go unpunished daily and the nation seems out of control. Women are being harassed in insanely disturbing ways that are inexcusable and disgusting and seem to get more fucking brazen as we get farther into the presidency of the cheeto.

So tonight and everynight 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. This band started in 2000, Our first record was a response to bald face lies by the ruling class of coming straight out of Dick Cheney's mouth.We will always be a political, feminist band and we will gladly stand by our words and our actions. The only way we survive is create true unity and a strong reaction using our voices and our hearts and especially our music. Once again expect something very powerful from us that addresses these issues and domestic abuse because it's not our policy to walk away from an issue that may be difficult. More likely to go head to head with it and tear it a new one with one with vigor.

We spent most of the summer writing the new album which sounds great. We are almost ready to record it and share it with you. We our going to be expanding our line-up and even have some very talented guests on new our record. We are excited that TBTCI records has agreed to release it late this year. Speaking of great new releases Our friend from Philly Tom Lugo continues to put a bunch of great benefits comps out to help heal some of the world's most forgotten. The most recent being Rock Back for Haiti which is available through Patetico Recordings page on bandcamp. Jeff's dad lived in D.C. so he became a huge Velocity Girl and Tsunami fan as well as a Skywave fan thanks to Third Rail Radio on WMUC. As a result we still find ourselves binge listening to Wildhoney and Field Mouse thanks to him daily. The lyrics on both bands records are so easy to relate to. They were both definitely worth the wait to see live! Wildhoney is on the Continental Drift compilation out on Slumberland Records with Mercury Girls who we also adore and hope to see next time they make it to Seattle.

So we will be tuning in to DKFM Shoegaze Radio So we can support and enjoy our fellow artists. 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 from our record company The Blog That Celebrates Itself has recently had bands we love and are friends with like Golden Gardens who are playing this years Dancing On The Valentine benefit for the Leukemia and Lymphoma society that is organized by the lovely Jenny George, DRLNG, JAGUWAR, Vibrissae, Static Daydream, Panophonic and the mighty 93MillionMilesFromTheSun appear on their great collection of tribute compilations. They will be playing music from our very good friends from San Francisco LSD and the Search for God who played the Seagaze festival with DKFM station favorite and Seagaze headliner our very good friend the very talented 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! 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 . 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 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. LET’S MAKE 2017 OUR YEAR!!

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New Tracks Weekend, January 20-22

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Before I start the normal communication from our Seattle home base. I think it's time we explain something. A few of you have asked where the name of our band came from. Back in the late 1990's I was friends with a girl named Jenna pronounced (Jeana) She was my best friend and we had been very special to each other since we were young. She was an amazing musician and a gifted astrophysicist who also had made several discoveries using radio astronomy. She also was the girl who got me addicted to shoegaze. Even gave me my first chance to play shoegaze back in the early 90's in the Seattle gaze band Lapis. New years eve 1998 after an unsuccessful attempt to locate me because of the fact it was a surprise and I had moved she decided to drive up to her sisters in Vancouver B.C. she met her sister in downtown Vancouver and stayed at a party until 4am figuring they had missed all the holiday drunks they started across the Lions gate bridge halfway across a man in a large sedan drunkenly appeared a few seconds later the man plowed into Jenna's old VW bug pushing it into the guardrail. When the paramedics got there her sister had been to not have much wrong on the other hand Jenna's body's was in bad shape the steering wheel had almost crushed her sternum. She had multiple serious puncture wounds that meant she was conscious for a matter of minutes. Then started to die very quickly due to the pressure from the wounds and blood loss. As the ambulance pulled up her sister told the paramedics she isn't breathing and begged them to get her to the hospital. Luckily the medics worked with the firefighters to free her her battered body from the car and rush her to the best trauma center in Vancouver. In a matter of minutes a very determined doctor managed to get a heartbeat. The doctor had been successful but knew her days were numbered. A few later she awoke and over the course of a year she recovered enough to get back to a semi normal life. She and I would talk and sadly due to injuries her life was much different. She would work from home and quietly become more of a homebody. In the summer of 2007 she went to the hospital complaining of being exhausted. Her Dr. noticed her oxygen levels were very low and within a few days she was hospitalized. A few days later a phone call I will never forget came and it was her telling me she was moving to a hospice near Vancouver. She said she wanted to say goodbye, I asked if I could come see her. She replied I love you please don't I want you to remember me the way you do now. You have always seen me in the best light. Please let me be forever in your mind as that beautiful healthy girl. I cried I pleaded then I said ok. We talked for two and a half hours and at the end of the call she told me she loved me and said I will see you again. Two days later after a long hard day a trembling voice woke me from a dream. Jeff Jenna passed exactly 15 minutes ago. The voice said she wanted you to know she wanted you to do everything to accomplish your dreams and go on and be happy for her. You truly were the love of her life. After the initial crash in 1998 I had been moved enough to name the band Blackpool Astronomy after the place she had found her love for Astronomy as a part of the Astronomy society. Her love of the stars made the stars even more magical for me and I use to say to her Shoegaze is the music made for stargazing. She and I would spend hours in the field down the street from her apartment looking at the night sky. I had told her I had a surprise. I had been working on found sounds and ambient soundscapes. I wasn't quite sure I had what I wanted to share with her. Sadly I was so sad I never mentioned the band name to her because I couldn't stop crying. A few days after her death I began to record and write so I didn't lose my mind. A few days later I had close to a whole album of demos. I started burying myself in the whole process of making an album. It would be a way to not cry every night and honor her. So this band is both my way of healing a broken heart due to the loss of an amazing friend and for me to follow her last wishes. Honestly this band has evolved. We are still political, feminist and we still always write with our hearts. That will never change. This pushes us to write truly beautiful music and continue to warm people's hearts.

With the events of Today I know a lot of us have been feeling some very strong 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 scary 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. No matter what anyone says you're under no obligation to show respect. He is a narcissist and that is extremely dangerous.It is likely he also has narcissistic personality disorder (NPD) Which means he has a long-term pattern of abnormal behavior characterized by exaggerated feelings of self-importance, an excessive need for admiration, and a lack of understanding of others' feelings or care for them. As someone who has dealt with individuals with NPD, I can tell you they are a terror to be around. They make life a living hell for those around them. Sadly with a president like this we all must not let him think we are giving up. That is why we must continue to support each other sincerely.

We are now almost a month into 2017. We as a band lost a drummer and while that was sad we knew it was coming. When you see your friend struggle with constant pain you know it's time to let them do what is best for their health. No one should have to be in pain to make you feel better. With this in mind we are sad to see Jason go but know we will always consider him a great friend. We hope he has a good time being back in The Emerald Down. We look forward to what comes of their new record.

In our time as a band we have been lucky enough to have some amazing fans and supporters. Locally we have been supported by shows like Grit Rock on NWCZ radio, Audioasis on KEXP Plus early in our band's career we got airtime with our old friend Paul Aleinikoff on his legendary show On The Edge . By our friends in Fotoform, Jupe Jupe, The Spider Ferns, Charlatan, Black Nite Crash, Red Martian, Golden Gardens, VibraGun, Vibrissae, Wind Burial, Sacred Signs, Patrick Galactic, Jigsaw Puzzle Glue, Noisepoetnobody, PXKX, Blicky, Tender Age, Still Falling, Legion Within and few others who I am sad can't remember at this moment. Internationally we have had support from bands like The Foreign Resort, The Emerald Down, APTBS and The Stargazer Lilies and have been fortunate to enjoy the much appreciated support of our good friend's at DFKM who have been so great to us. We were introduced to Renato Malizia at The Blog That Celebrates Itself who is the man who put out our last record and is our record company boss. He is a gem and we are lucky to be of TBTCI records. From this we had airplay on DKFM, Primal Radio, The Reverb and Ola's Kool Kitchen. Thank you to all of you who pushed us on your blogs and groups. We are extremely grateful and humbled by your kindness. Thank you for helping us obtain our dreams as well as what you do for all of us this celebrates itself.

This year we are rebuilding the line-up and recording a new album that will eclipse our first record. With all the toxic energy and heartbreak last year writing beautiful songs that mean a lot seems to come easy. When you write with your heart and from experience the music seems to flow and you make music that lasts the tests of time. A lot of us lost a relative, a brother, a mother or father last year. While at the same time losing one or more musical heroes.
The tragedies caused by the ignorant and bigoted also brought us to tears. The fire in Oakland still is in our minds. Remembering lost friends who died in this horrible tragedy. This community lost some very good people who were friends to a lot of us in the scene. By being good to each other and showing love and support we honor those lost in the best possible way.

One thing we all need to continue to watch out for is the signs of abuse. Sometimes they are small and sometimes they are clear as day but the person being abused has no idea that it has gone on. Sadly with the incoming president domestic violence has spiked and is out of control due to a lot of very despicable people feeling no one will care and they will never get in trouble for it. Sadly some people decide to make fun of people who chose to use these services so they don’t burn themselves out or kill themselves as a way escaping. These people have no idea where someone is when they understand it’s time to ask fro real help. They have never been there or afraid to ask for themselves. Having a second opinion from someone who is not biased and wants a safe environment for all involved not just for the abused party. That’s why we turn to them so an impartial ear trained to help can help us remove ourselves from the situation and start the healing process. Therefore relieving the pressure on those around you who may be at their breaking point. We must stand against Domestic Violence and not turn away and pretend it isn’t there. It's bad for both men and women and we need to stand against it. We also need to support those organizations that like Safeplace Olympia that work so valiantly to provide shelter, safety and hope for those dealing with such a horrible thing in their
lives.

One thing we must remember in 2017 is what makes us special and strong. The fact we continue to support each other, We all stand together and realize that we our the scene that celebrates itself. If creative expression is going to survive we must not act divided. We our very strong if we raise our voices and keep helping each other and watching out for each other. This is in no way about any bands specifically there are plenty of bands who forget this. It's about what some of us feel needs to stop. Some of us have had great tragedy in our lives this year and having been dealing with horrible things including stage 4 cancer and the stress of resurrecting a band. So it is very important we use our hearts we use to write and to treat those with love and understanding. We are truly in this together and the sooner we remember this the better this scene will be.
We all know some of us have personal issues with people but going on a tirade about their band publicly only makes us look weak. It's ruins our artistic integrity. Unless the band refuse to acknowledge a major violation that is criminal. Rape should and will never be swept under the rug neither should any acts of ignorance we see. We continue to watch the events at Standing Rock and in Flint in anger and horror. Not to mention the disgusting comments of the alt right and Steve Bannon and his followers who are fascists. Breitbart is a sick and twisted propaganda machine run by Bannon who is the Joseph Gerbels of our time. Sick people like him only make the world worse and deserve a swift kick into the stratosphere. We will hope for is 2017 is much better year. This has once again been a hellish week for anyone with a conscience and a good heart and integrity. We have seen hate crimes go unpunished daily and the nation seems out of control. Women are being harassed in insanely disturbing ways that are inexcusable and disgusting. Even in our hometown of Seattle people seem to be dealing with ruthless behavior in even the most historically safe neighborhoods like Captiol Hill.
So tonight and everynight 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. This band started in 2000 and our first record was a response to bald face lies by the ruling class of coming straight out of Dick Cheney's mouth.We are still a political, feminist band and we will gladly stand by our words and our actions. After this election it really does feel like we are going backwards very quickly. The only way we survive is create true unity and a strong reaction using our voices and our hearts and especially our music. Expect something very powerful from us that addresses these issues and domestic abuse because it's not our policy to walk away from an issue that may be difficult. More likely to go head to head with it and tear it a new one.

We have spent most of the summer writing the new album which sounds great. We can't wait to record it and share it with you. We our going to expanding our line-up and even have some very talented guests on new our record.We are excited that TBTCI records has agreed to release it late this year. Our friend from Philly Tom Lugo continues to put a bunch of great benefits comps out to help heal some of the world's most forgotten. The most recent being Rock Back for Haiti which is available through Patetico Recordings page on bandcamp. Jeff's dad lived in D.C. so he became a huge Velocity Girl and Tsunami fan as well as a Skywave fan thanks to Third Rail Radio on WMUC. As a result we still find ourselves binge listening to Wildhoney and Field Mouse thanks to him daily. The lyrics on both bands records are so easy to relate to. They were both definitely worth the wait to see live! Wildhoney is on the Continental Drift compilation out on Slumberland Records with Mercury Girls who we also adore and hope to see next time they make it to Seattle.

So we will be tuning in to DKFM Shoegaze Radio So we can support and enjoy our fellow artists. We are working on a new album. 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 from our record company The Blog That Celebrates Itself has recently had bands we love and are friends with like Golden Gardens who are playing this years Dancing On The Valentine benefit for the Leukemia and Lymphoma society that is organized by the lovely Jenny George, DRLNG, JAGUWAR, Vibrissae, Static Daydream, Panophonic and the mighty 93MillionMilesFromTheSun appear on their great collection of tribute compilations. They will be playing music from our very good friends from San Francisco LSD and the Search for God who played the Seagaze festival with DKFM station favorite and Seagaze headliner our very good friend the very talented Erik Blood who won The Stranger's 2016 genius award for music! 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 . Definitely remember to make time for DKFM Foreign Affairs with Mikkel Borbjerg Jakobsen of The Foreign Resort! You will be glad you did! Lastly 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. LET’S MAKE 2017 OUR YEAR!!

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We are at the beginning of 2017. Things are changing for many of us. We as a band lost a drummer and while that was sad we knew it was coming. When you see your friend struggle with constant pain you know it's time to let them do what is best for their health. No one should have to be in pain to make you feel better. With this in mind we are sad to see Jason go but know we will always consider him a great friend. We hope he has a good time being back in The Emerald Down. We look forward to what comes of their new record.
In the past couple years we have been lucky enough to have some amazing fans and supporters. Locally we have been supported by shows like Grit Rock on NWCZ radio, Audioasis on KEXP Plus we got airtime with our old friend Paul Aleinikoff on his legendary show On The Edge . By our friends in Fotoform, Jupe Jupe, The Spider Ferns, Charlatan, Black Nite Crash, Red Martian, Golden Gardens, VibraGun, Vibrissae, Wind Burial, Sacred Signs, Patrick Galactic, Jigsaw Puzzle Glue, Noisepoetnobody, Blicky, Tender Age, Still Falling, Legion Within and few others who I am sad can't remember at this moment. Internationally we have felt support from bands like The Foreign Resort, The Emerald Down, APTBS, The Foreign Resort and The Stargazer Lilies and have the luck to enjoy the support of our good friend's at DFKM who have been so great to us. Because of their support we were introduced to Renato Malizia at The Blog That Celebrates Itself who is the man who put out our last record and is our record company boss. He is a gem and we are lucky to be of TBTCI records. From this we had airplay on DKFM, Primal Radio, The Reverb and Ola's Kool Kitchen. Not to mention all of you who pushed us on your blogs and groups. We are extremely grateful and humbled by your kindness. Thank you for helping us obtain our dreams as well as what you do for all of us this celebrates itself.
This year we are rebuilding the line-up and recording a new album that will eclipse our first record. With all the toxic energy and heartbreak last year writing beautiful songs that mean a lot seems to come easy. When you write with your heart and from experience the music seems to flow and you make music that lasts the tests of time. A lot of us lost a relative, a brother, a mother or father last year. While at the same time losing one or more musical heroes.
The tragedies caused by the ignorant and bigoted also brought us to tears. The fire in Oakland still is in our minds. Remembering lost friends who died in this horrible tragedy. This community lost some very good people who were friends to a lot of us in the scene. By being good to each other and showing love and support we honor those lost in the best possible way.
One thing we all need to continue to watch out for is the signs of abuse. Sometimes they are small and sometimes they are clear as day but the person being abused has no idea that it has gone on. Sadly with the incoming president domestic violence has spiked and is out of control due to a lot of very despicable people feeling no one will care and they will never get in trouble for it. Sadly some people decide to make fun of people who chose to use these services so they don’t burn themselves out or kill themselves as a way escaping. These people have no idea where someone is when they understand it’s time to ask fro real help. They have never been there or afraid to ask for themselves. Having a second opinion from someone who is not biased and wants a safe environment for all involved not just for the abused party. That’s why we turn to them so an impartial ear trained to help can help us remove ourselves from the situation and start the healing process. Therefore relieving the pressure on those around you who may be at their breaking point. We must stand against Domestic Violence and not turn away and pretend it isn’t there. It's bad for both men and women and we need to stand against it. We also need to support those organizations that like Safeplace Olympia that work so valiantly to provide shelter, safety and hope for those dealing with such a horrible thing in their
lives.
One thing we must remember in 2017 is what makes us special and strong. The fact we continue to support each other, We all stand together and realize that we our the scene that celebrates itself. If creative expression is going to survive we must not act divided. We our very strong if we raise our voices and keep helping each other and watching out for each other. This is in no way about any bands specifically there are plenty of bands who forget this. It's about what some of us feel needs to stop. Some of us have had great tragedy in our lives this year and having been dealing with horrible things including stage 4 cancer and the stress of resurrecting a band. So it is very important we use our hearts we use to write and to treat those with love and understanding. We are truly in this together and the sooner we remember this the better this scene will be.
We all know some of us have personal issues with people but going on a tirade about their band publicly only makes us look weak. It's ruins our artistic integrity. Unless the band refuse to acknowledge a major violation that is criminal. Rape should and will never be swept under the rug neither should any acts of ignorance we see. We continue to watch the events at Standing Rock and in Flint in anger and horror. Not to mention the disgusting comments of the alt right and Steve Bannon and his followers who are fascists. Breitbart is a sick and twisted propaganda machine run by Bannon who is the Joseph Gerbels of our time. Sick people like him only make the world worse and deserve a swift kick into the stratosphere.
We will hope for is 2017 is much better year. This has once again been a hellish week for anyone with a conscience and a good heart and integrity. We have seen hate crimes go unpunished daily and the nation seems out of control. Women are being harassed in insanely disturbing ways that are inexcusable and disgusting. Even in our hometown of Seattle people seem to be dealing with ruthless behavior in even the most historically safe neighborhoods like Captiol Hill.
So tonight and everynight 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. This band started in 2000 and our first record was a response to bald face lies by the ruling class of coming straight out of Dick Cheney's mouth.We are still a political, feminist band and we will gladly stand by our words and our actions. After this election it really does feel like we are going backwards very quickly. The only way we survive is create true unity and a strong reaction using our voices and our hearts and especially our music. Expect something very powerful from us that addresses these issues and domestic abuse because it's not our policy to walk away from an issue that may be difficult. More likely to go head to head with it and tear it a new one.
We have spent most of the summer writing the new album which sounds great. We can't wait to record it and share it with you. We our going to expanding our line-up and even have some very talented guests on new our record.We are excited that TBTCI records has agreed to release it late this year. Our friend from Philly Tom Lugo continues to put a bunch of great benefits comps out to help heal some of the world's most forgotten. The most recent being Rock Back for Haiti which is available through Patetico Recordings page on bandcamp. Jeff's dad lived in D.C. so he became a huge Velocity Girl and Tsunami fan as well as a Skywave fan thanks to Third Rail Radio on WMUC. As a result we still find ourselves binge listening to Wildhoney and Field Mouse thanks to him daily. The lyrics on both bands records are so easy to relate to. They were both definitely worth the wait to see live! Wildhoney is on the Continental Drift compilation out on Slumberland Records with Mercury Girls who we also adore and hope to see next time they make it to Seattle.
So we will be tuning in to DKFM Shoegaze Radio So we can support and enjoy our fellow artists. We are working on a new album. 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 from our record company The Blog That Celebrates Itself has recently had bands we love and are friends with like Golden Gardens who are playing this years Dancing On The Valentine benefit for the Leukemia and Lymphoma society that is organized by the lovely Jenny George, DRLNG, JAGUWAR, Vibrissae, Static Daydream, Panophonic and the mighty 93MillionMilesFromTheSun appear on their great collection of tribute compilations. They will be playing music from our very good friends from San Francisco LSD and the Search for God who played the Seagaze festival with DKFM station favorite and Seagaze headliner our very good friend the very talented Erik Blood who won The Stranger's 2016 genius award for music! 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 . Definitely remember to make time for DKFM Foreign Affairs with Mikkel Borbjerg Jakobsen of The Foreign Resort! You will be glad you did! Lastly 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. LET’S MAKE 2017 OUR YEAR!!

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

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Jeff McCollough: Vocals. Guitars, Sequencing

Jason Markin:Drums, Lights

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TBTCI records

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