’GAZED AND BEMUSED. I KEEP GETTING OLDER, THE SAD KIDS STAY THE SAME AGE.
July 11, 2016 by Ely Pierce
NUGAZE BAND HIDEANYWAY DROPS NEW EP: ENTIRE COMMUNITY COLLECTIVELY COLLAPSES INTO EXISTENTIAL CRISES.
“if you were here I wouldn’t be miserable” Is the name of the new EP from colorado newgaze band HIDEANYWAY. This is there second release this year and its fucking dope. I really enjoyed it. Can’t help but hope that whoever’s absence it is that made them miserable, That they never return! Especially if it means more solid tunes from these dudes.
OKAY. SO I’M NOT A BIG SHOEGAZE FAN.
BUT I LIKE MODERN NEWGAZE AND I LIKE THIS BAND AND HERE’S WHY:
I remember struggling to categorize another amazing newgaze band called Pity Sex when I first heard them a few years ago. I related it to sort of a 90’s alt-fuzz or midlife crisis era Sonic Youth. It reminded me of the quirky, pop driven, but dark oddness of late 80’s hardcore or beautiful freak era eels. Only with more reverb. And yes, I’m aware I just outed myself as a douchebag. It’s better you know this now and just get it out of the way.
BUT MOSTLY MY CONFUSION WAS DUE TO THE FACT THAT I DIDN’T EVEN THINK TO ASSOCIATE THAT BAND OR THAT STYLE WITH SHOEGAZE AT ALL…
BECAUSE IT WAS FUN TO LISTEN TO.
Alright. fuck it. I’ll just say it. Most Shoegaze is a fucking drag. It’s a chore to listen to. there have, of course, always been great bands doing great things but It can very easily be very boring and pretentious. The scene is also notorious for being self congratulatory. Wether it be on how complicated their guitar rigs can be. Or just how superior they are for how much unnerving drone they can tolerate… Not unlike the Harsh noise scene.
Also “newgaze” is a new term to me… Which is embarrassing to admit. But I’m such an uppity douche it humanizes me when I belittle myself.
THIS MORE CURRENT RESURGENCE OF NEWGAZE THO, HAS FASCINATED ME.
INCORPORATING ELEMENTS OF POP PUNK, POST ROCK, AND MODERN HARDCORE INTO ITS DOWN TEMPO/GROOVE-DRIVEN GLOOMINESS.
I am super pumped that we have local acts representing this larger movement.
alongside Hideanyway, and amongst others, there’s also Springs locals Aeterna Reverie. a band mentioned on CO LOCAL in the past and has an upcoming release scheduled this summer that is being recorded at Wescott Pro Audio with my best homie Schylar Woods. We are planning to do a review on this blog of their new EP and get an interview with those cats for the conversation podcast as well, for a big, sweeping goddamn online release! Which should be a lot of fun. So keep an eye out!
or h i d e a n y w a y(Which is more difficult to type that one might assume. Also for some reason when read that way I always whisper it slowly in my head…) brings a hook laden heaviness with this new release that appeases my shitlord sensibilities. counterbalancing all that reverb and sadness, the clever, catchy riffs and phrases kept my attention and drove me deeper into the record. I wound up enjoying it a lot more than I thought I would. as I typically try to avoid getting sad cuz why bother we’re all gonna die anyway life is bullshit oh fuck here I go please make it stop I need to lay down fuck everything…
–The majority of this release was recorded at the home of singer/guitarist Drandon Valley. which surprised me cuz it sounds fucking great. The songs are short and to the point. which I loved. The song stuctures have direction and focus. No indulgent noodling or meandering off into some long-winded, static feedback drenched soundscape. Just solid, moody, groovy music that’s great for long drives or lonely rainy afternoons staring listlessly out the window… pondering your fucking inconsequential existence.
you can catch these dudes next live set August 7th at The Triple Nickel with Hazing, High Hopes, Say The Word, and Rain in July!