Only in its second year, the 2017 Seagaze Festival continues to lift their heads to spotlight some of the Northwest’s finest shoegaze, post punk, and psychrock bands this Thursday, April 20th through Sunday, April 23rd at the LoFi Performance Gallery.
Blackpool Astronomy guitarist Jeff McCollough has planned an impressive four-day schedule featuring beloved artist/producer Erik Blood, who recently left us for the sunny skies of Los Angeles. It’ll be a perfect “welcome home” to showcase him amongst fellow Northwest noisemakers Kingdom of the Holy Sun, This Blinding Light, and Black Nite Crash, just to name a few. Other artists making the trek from out-of-town include Chicago’s Plastic Crimewave Syndicate, LSD and the Search for God from San Francisco, and Portland bands Coloring Electric Like, The Prids, Vibrissae, and more.
In honor of this weekend’s festival, on Thursday, April 20th from 6:00 AM to 10:00 AM, The Morning Show on KEXP will play nothing but the finest shoegaze, from pioneers like My Bloody Valentine, Lush, and Ride, to newcomers like Soviet Soviet, Trementina, Blonde Redhead, and Dead Leaf Echo. We’ll also play excerpts from an exclusive interview with Rachel Goswell, founding member, vocalist, and guitarist for Slowdive. (Hear more of the interview on Thursday, May 4th, the day before the band’s first new album in over 20 years is in stores, a self-titled LP on Dead Oceans Records.) Check out a Video Roundup below of some of KEXP’s favorite shoegaze bands to get ready for the sonic takeover in Seattle this weekend.