When people receive you quite well and like what you do, you can’t help but be influenced by that, and feel like you want to make something people will like. But we tried to do what we do, and make songs that we like, and not think about it too much.
The fact that someone has taken something you have written, recorded and then taken their own time not only to listen to it, but write and tell other people means more than anything I could possibly put into words.
The beauty of good shoegaze rests in how it hits you, and this one bowls me over.
I can’t just sit around strumming a guitar for fun anymore. I can only last a few minutes. So having all these poems sitting around has helped me to finish songs more quickly, and the words are somewhat more intentional and vivid, because they were meant to be able to stand on their own.
It can drip with gentle piano when you expect sonic bombast, or meander into the liquid notes of the lovely instrumental “Encrypted Wilderness”.
This memorable cycle of songs will resonate with listeners long after the final note has faded away.
He had the ability to touch the hearts of people all over the world, simply by being himself. He loved deeply both beauty and music; his passion was experiencing both of those simultaneously, whether he was making the music or listening to it.
HVG has a weird intensity that makes it not regular pop, but also has a melodicism that is inviting. We kind of glower at you and serenade you at the same time.
The best music ingrains itself into your being and helps get us through our lives, marking milestones and watershed moments in our lives.
All the cool modern shoegaze bands I know are punk rock people at heart, they show up on the stage to GO OFF, not to piddle with their reverb pedal and pretend to be cool.
Deftly played songs about nature, love, and the sea.
“We are both Southern born and bred. I think having that common background in the South, with all of its grandeur and undeniable flaws, pretty much permeates everything we do.”
It’s about making a monument to our imagination and trying to create something that is beyond ourselves.
The songs are often straightforward pop songs, but they’re pop songs with a twist. I’m not saying that we’re avant garde or experimental, because we aren’t really, but I really hope that we are subversive in some way, even if it’s just subliminal.
The perfect sonic storm faded away even as the tornadic maelstrom kicked up outside.
This enchanting power pop group put a spell on the entire audience during this Good Friday show at the Paradise in Boston. Well worth the trip.
Never attempt to recreate what’s already been done, where’s the thrill in that?