Shoegaze (or shoegazing, initially known as “dream pop”) is a subgenre of indie and alternative rock that emerged in the United Kingdom in the late 1980s. Its sound is characterized by an ethereal mixture of obscured vocals, guitar distortion and effects, feedback, and overwhelming volume. The term “shoegazing” was coined by the British music press to ridicule the stage presence of a wave of neo-psychedelic groups who stood still during live performances in a detached, introspective, non-confrontational state with their heads down. This was because the heavy use of effects pedals meant the performers were often looking down at the readouts on their effects pedals during concerts.
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I have met the enemy, and it is creating an album. Don’t get me wrong, this is what I do and it’s practically a compulsory behavior, but sometimes it is far more involved than that. Sometimes, it’s the creative equivalent of childbirth as I understand it – hard as Hell and painful (drugs optional!), but completely worth it.
A subgenre of indie rock, shoegaze has its origin in the late 80’s and early 90’s in the United Kingdom, and is now in its second or already third wave and very popular these days. One of these bands is Czech Republic’s DIV I DED, one of our Artists of the Week in June.