“Guilty of Everything”
The current crop of shoegaze groups — Philadelphia’s Nothing among them — is staggering enough to rival the style’s early-1990s heyday.
How to explain this?
At least partially, it’s because the right amount of washed-out guitars and gauzy vocals can make twee-pop heavy, or doom metal pretty.
And it’s not exclusive — to play it, one doesn’t need chops so much as effects pedals, sturdy amplification, and a desire to experiment.
Yet where nü-gaze often falls short is originality. The genre’s pioneers — Ireland’s My Bloody Valentine, Scotland’s The Jesus and Mary Chain, England’s Slowdive — made noise and wrote songs. Too frequently now, bludgeoning audiences’ ears takes precedence.
Nothing, however, gets the balance right.More