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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Evening everyone greetings from a Seattle! We are very excited to announce we have turned in our track for the "For the love of Chris Tressler" compilation. Thanks to Krissy Vanderwoude and Jonathan Sellers for putting it together. We all miss Chris a lot and I think this compilation would make him very happy. Hopefully it will be very well received. We are pretty sure that will be a given. It has been another interesting and somewhat sobering time. Once again terrorists both international and local have threatened residents of a number of cities. There were both attacks in the western world as well as in the Middle East and other vital parts of the world. Attacks like these are incredibly disgusting. It is hard to find the culprits in some cases and in others they stick out like ignorant sore thumbs. It is easy to be afraid and to let it make you blame certain groups in a case of unknown motives and generalize who did it. In this world unless its like the attack in Portland and the attacker is clearly identified, we need to not let fear make us blame those who may have no connection. We sadly live in a time when two greedy madmen threaten to resurrect the iron curtain and the third Reich. They will do whatever they can to destabilize the European Union. They have done everything from small attacks to large bombings in the most sensitive of areas to forward their agendas generally for the sake of their wallets. So it is important to not take the bait and let it forward a very ignorant and backwards agenda put forward by a man from St. Petersburg and a orange brat from Manhattan.

We must continue to resist those who appeal to the lowest in all of us. It only takes a second to stand up against hate. The two girls in Portland are alive because 3 men stood up. We need to remember the girls whose lives have been changed forever as well. They deserve our support considering the three men who stood up to the attacker wanted them to be safe and sound. Let's make sure we help that become a truth. Lately we have all noticed things going backwards fast. Men seem to be treating women like trash and it seems to once again be getting worse. This is never ok. No excuses make up for this. As we have said before we make must all resist the ignorance and help those who have survived in any way we can. Support places like Safeplace Olympia who shelter and comfort those of us who have dealt abuse and domestic violence. Supporting Planned Parenthood and the related local charities is very important as well. Shoegaze is well known for being the scene the celebrates itself so we truly should be capable of keeping this hate out of our scene. The fact we support each other means we have a very strong stance against such a horrible group of people.

The community we feel part of is getting stronger by the day. We seem to be having a renaissance with new albums by well known greats like Slowdive(band)) and RIDE as well a new records from classic bands like The Emerald Down, Sciflyer and Fotoform who were C'est la Mort as well as The Daysleepers Dead Leaf Echo and more recent Visiting Diplomats, Vibrissae VibraGun and WL. Plus we have great new bands like A Thousand Hours, Darkswoon and The Malady of Sevendials and so many others I could fill an entire page. This is why I always mention taking the time to listen to new tracks weekend on DKFM. It builds more community and we all find out about those who are joining us. Plus if your a fan new tracks weekend is a great chance to hear new tracks from everyone including world premieres from some of the biggest names in the scene. When the sun hits brings you the beautiful dark side of gaze and dream pop. Muso Asia brings you the best gaze from Tokyo and beyond. Foreign Affairs is great for those of you who want to know about the band including what influences their style and writing and their favorites and The Shoegaze Collective is a great collection of the lushest sounds. Finally and the newest show is Somewhere Cold Radio which picks a specific area of the world focuses on the best shoegaze and dreampop they have offer

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, antisemitism 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.

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 and outright cruelty have skyrocketed and as allies and feminists we needed the womxn's march to jumpstart everything in our fight to resist our awful president and his awful followers. 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 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, Charlatan, Coloring Electric Like, Black Nite Crash , Static Daydream and Panophonic appear on their great collection of tribute compilations. Plus you will likely hear our very good friend the amazing Erik Blood as well! 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 as well as Somewhere Cold Radio Show with Jason Lamoreaux. 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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Ladies and gentlemen and thems of the world. No post tonight. Let's all hope for the safety of those residing all over the world who have to deal with violence powered by two mad men. One from NYC and the other from St. Petersburg. Have a great night and don't forget to tune into new tracks on DKFM Shoegaze Radio

New Tracks Weekend, May 26-28

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Good evening everyone last week was a little too much for some of us who lost another old friend. Once again his first name was Chris. As it was a major loss to the Shoegaze community to lose our dear friend Chris Tressler, losing Chris Cornell is a major blow to the people like Jeff who knew him personally and saw his determination to be supportive of everyone. Chris was an early believer in the scene that celebrates itself mentality. Here in Seattle he was the leader and mastermind behind the whole philosophy. He made sure we didn't let competition get in the way and destroy our music scene. He was just like Chris Tressler and believed together we were stronger and that because of it the music was more about heart and less about profits. So this week has been for us about creating a special mix of one Chris Tressler's favorite songs of ours. Re-recording guitar parts and re-doing vocals to include Courtney's vocals as well. Creating a more shoegaze mix of the song. As well as making it new and adding some new elements that Chris would really enjoy. We think it's fair to say that losing Chris was a large blow to the shoegaze community and it is one of those events that seems tragic because Chris was such a source of light within our scene. So we have put in all our heart to create something beyond the original. We hope it does his memory justice.

The community we feel part of is getting stronger and we seem to be having a renaissance with new albums by era greats like Slowdive(band) and RIDE as well a new records from classic bands like the emerald down, sciflyer and Fotoform who were C'est la Mort as well as Dead Leaf Echo and Visiting Diplomats and Vibrissae. Plus we have great new bands like A thousand hours, Darkswoon and The Malady of Sevendials and so many others I could fill an entire page. This is why I always mention taking the time to listen to new tracks weekend on DKFM. It builds more community and we all find out about those who are joining us. Plus if your a fan new tracks weekend is a great chance to hear new tracks from everyone including world premieres from some of the biggest names in the scene. When the sun hits brings you the beautiful dark side of gaze and dream pop. Muso Asia brings you the best gaze from Tokyo and beyond. Foreign Affairs is great for those of you who want to know about the band including what influences their style and writing and their favorites and The Shoegaze Collective is a great collection of the lushest sounds. Finally and the newest show is Somewhere Cold Radio which picks a specific area of the world focuses on the best shoegaze and dreampop they have offer

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 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, Charlatan, Coloring Electric Like, Black Nite Crash , Static Daydream and Panophonic appear on their great collection of tribute compilations. Plus you will likely hear our good friend Erik Blood as well! 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 as well as Somewhere Cold Radio with Jason Lamoreaux. 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, 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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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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Genres

Band Interests

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

Hometown

Current Location

Record Label

TBTCI records

General Manager

BPA booking

Booking Agent

Black Booking
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