Ride – Nowhere

Nowhere seems to be the perennial second-placer to My Bloody Valentine’s Loveless in “top” lists.1 2 3 4 5 That’s not entirely fair. Nowhere is different than Loveless; the latter album made the “shoegaze” genre tag synonymous with swirling guitars, whirling fuzz, and tremolo pedal abuse; but Loveless was an outlier even within My Bloody…

My Bloody Valentine – Tremolo [EP]

Tremolo was the second of two extended-plays released during the prolonged recording sessions of My Bloody Valentine’s shoegaze masterpiece Loveless. In contrast to its sister – the ┬áheavier Glider –┬áTremolo forsakes indie/alternative stylings for abstract composites of sound produced by instruments that just so happen to also make rock music. The title refers to lead…

My Bloody Valentine – You Made Me Realise [EP]

One can get by on their shoegaze indoctrination without having heard the other My Bloody Valentine extended-plays, but if You Made Me Realise1 is skipped – well, that’s just inexcusable. Prior to 1988, the Irish quartet dabbled in various styles of rock ranging from The Cure-esque post-punk to Byrdsian jangle rock, but it wasn’t until…

My Bloody Valentine – Glider [EP]

Glider is the first of two EPs released by My Bloody Valentine during the extended recording sessions of their seminal release Loveless, considered by many publications to be a highlight of alternative rock and shoegaze – let alone music – of the nineties.1 The original 12-inch release – and the one whose tracklist was featured…

Nothing – Guilty of Everything

Aggravated assault and attempted murder are crimes more often associated with black metal than shoegaze,1 yet here we are with Nothing, a band whose creative force, Nicky Palermo, was jailed for two years for such acts. Seems as if he’s done quite a bit of soul-searching following his release too, as his debut album title…