Nice Reeboks: Shoegaze Revivalism with Red Martian, Vibragun and More
by Dave Segal
on Thu, Feb 6, 2014 at 7:08 AM
(Lo-Fi Performance Space) Shoegaze bands typically don’t like being called shoegaze bands, but if the, uh, shoe fits, damn it, wear it… and stare at it, to boot. Seattle’s Red Martian actually own up to their genre affiliation, calling themselves “neu shoegazer.” Their new six-track EP, Ghost in the Fog, rocks robustly and romantically, its head in the clouds and its eyes cast downward—at its footwear, of course. Fellow locals Vibragun have a new self-titled album, and it’s a winner (check it at their Bandcamp). If you like Swervedriver’s Raise and Mezcal Head, you should dig Vibragun’s torqued, beautifully contoured, high-flying rock. This is some dynamic, majestic songcraft, and in the Jesus and Mary Chain-esque “Dirty Thing,” Vibragun have a potential hit. Just don’t let guitarist/frontman Joel Bergstrom hear you call it “shoegaze.” With Balms and Dirty Sidewalks.