When music historians look back on the 2010’s, will they see it as the decade of unlikely reunions? It seems like nearly every week another band that had their heyday – and their dissolution – in the 80s or 90s is announcing a return. Some, like Sleater-Kinney, come back with new material as strong as their classic releases, while others like The Pixies seem to have lost their magic. Some last for a single tour and then fizzle back out, as seems to have happened with the much-touted return of The Replacements. Many seem to be testing the waters, seeing if the band, older and wiser, can put their past reasons for splitting behind them and make things work, and if they still have an audience. For some, it seems to have clicked – after a successful run of touring last year, Slowdive has been hinting at new material in the works since the beginning of this year – while others seem ready to fade back into the past – Neutral Milk Hotel is about to play their last shows “for the foreseeable future.” And of course the first question that the fans have to ask is always “Have they still got it?”
Sounds Like: Slowdive, Ride, Helium
Why You Should Care: Adding to the vibrant garage and psych scene of the
Bay Area, Cruel Summer aims to throw some much needed shoegaze to the mix.
After seeing Tame Impala and Yuck last weekend, I realized that some aspects of the shoegaze sound from the late 80's - early 90's is definitely popping up in new music again. So in honor of such an occasion, here is the lead off track, "Seagull", from Ride's 1990 feedback soaked extravaganza Nowhere.
Ride - "Seagull"