The third and final installment of our series on the epic Roogaze festival in Melbourne on May 9th (event link: Roogaze 2015) features our chats with Kigo, Miners and Contrast. If you’re just catching up, check out our previous installments here and here. As we’ve described before, Roogaze is the largest shoegaze / dream pop themed event of its kind since LA’s Shoegaze Fest three years ago, and featuring heavyweights in a scene that crosses arbitrary national boundaries. We’ll shut up and let them tell the story.
DKFM: How’d you get all mixed up in this sprawling blissful mess of a show?
Jack Crook, Contrast: I got really excited about an idea to do a Cure tribute show after I was overseas and missed a Mary Chain one featuring some of my favs like Black Cab and Bloodhounds. I pitched it to a bunch of the bands on the bill and they were all super into it. I kinda got buried down with work and recording so Gabe from Lowtide kindly took the reigns and whipped it into the show it is now, which is far beyond what I was capable of anyways. Hats off mate.
Nick Johnson, Miners: Gabe from Lowtide actually messaged me personally about the show, which was a pretty neat surprise. I forwarded it on to the others and we all pretty much jumped at the opportunity, we’ve never played Melbourne before and thought this would be the perfect introduction for us. We thought it was really nice of him to consider us.
Dwayne Pearce, Kigo: Gabriel from Lowtide asked if I’d be interested in playing, and I jumped at the chance to be a part of this festival.! It was opportunity that I couldn’t pass up.
DKFM: Have you ever been involved in a shoegaze-specific event of this size?
Dwayne Pearce, Kigo: I’ve never played something this big before; I feel a little overawed at the moment. I’m really nervous to be honest; super keen to play, though.
Nick Johnson, Miners: Nope, never before. Most shows we play in Sydney tend to vary a bit stylistically. We usually play with people that aren’t necessarily in shoegaze-sounding bands, but they’ll have a vague connection to us sonically and we all end up complimenting each others’ music in different ways. Zeahorse, Beast & Flood, The Nuclear Family, Caroline and Hound are all perfect examples to name a few, we love those guys and the shows we’ve done with them have all been awesome! But to get the opportunity to jump on something that’s unapologetically and emphatically designed to celebrate shoegaze music; it doesn’t come up much, if at all, so it’s awesome.
Jack Crook, Contrast: We once played a show similar on Australia Day involving some of the bands on this bill and a few other main Melbs contenders like Flyying Colours and VHS Dream, but it wasn’t run by the bands, which seems to really shine through on this particular show and even though it was still a great day, this one seems to be executed in an exceptionally razor fashion. There is more focus on how special it is that we have all these bands in Australia.
DKFM: Are you familiar with the other bands on the bill, and who are you most looking forward to seeing?
Nick Johnson, Miners: We’ve played with Lowtide and Day Ravies before in Sydney, so to be able to play with them again and watch them play too is always a good thing. I think we’re all pretty excited to see Contrast, they’re pretty great. Personally I’m looking forward to seeing Kigo a lot as well. From what I have heard he doesn’t play live much, so I’m very excited to see what it’s like, knowing I may never see it again. Luna Ghost and Bloodhounds should be awesome too, we haven’t heard Hideous Towns before so looking forward to checking them out as well. Fuck it, the whole day is going to be great, we’re pretty excited to meet and hang out with can you buy flagyl in usa everyone and watch their sets.
Jack Crook, Contrast: We’ve had the pleasure of playing with all the bands on the bill besides Miners and Kigo, so it will be great to see them. All the bands on the bill are incredible in their own way so I can’t wait for all of them, but I don’t get to see Day Ravies as often as the others from Melbourne and in my eyes they’re the bloody cats pyjamas.
Dwayne Pearce, Kigo: I am familiar with most of the bands on the line-up. I can’t wait to see Lowtide again, and the other interstate bands I haven’t ever seen before. Each band brings something different to the table, and I can’t wait to see everyone on the same bill.
DKFM: Do you think it’s possible to pull off an event this size, and this focused, again?
Jack Crook, Contrast: Yeah definitely. Australia is outta control with this sorta shit. Plenty of my fav Aussie bands could be mentioned for round 2 like The Laurels, Parading, Flyying Colours, VHS Dream and my little brother’s band Mosaicz just to name a few.
Nick Johnson, Miners: Yeah, I think there’s a definite interest. And this lineup is just the tip of the iceberg, there’s so many bands doing really great stuff that’d fall under the ‘roogaze’ bracket for sure, you could put this bill on for at least another couple years and still stop short of the awesome stuff that’s floating around at the moment. Bands like Cull, Blonde Tongues, The Laurels, Roku Music, Love of Diagrams, Beaches, T54 and Popstrangers over in New Zealand – the list goes on.
Dwayne Pearce, Kigo: I’d hope so. I can totally understand if this is a once only type thing, though. I can only imagine how tough it was to organise this. I really think that it will be something truly extraordinary, and who knows, it may NEVER BE REPEATED – hint – buy a ticket as soon as you can!
DKFM: Do you realize that fans around the world are right now looking at Australia, and talking about THIS event? How does that make you feel?
Nick Johnson, Miners: It’s pretty exciting. It’s easy to internalise all the music and forget that people are actually interested in what we do, so to know that even people on a local level are interested, let alone anyone around the world – it’s a great feeling.
Dwayne Pearce, Kigo: It feels both terrifying, and surreal to be honest. I feel like such a small part of such a thriving scene. As far as the show goes, I really can’t wait to see everyone play. Maybe we should take this show on the road sometime? Sounds like fun to me.
Jack Crook, Contrast: It seems like the psych/shoegaze/dreampop scene in the UK and America is thriving and fans of the genre are really engaged with who and what is happening all over the world. It just so happens a bucketload of it is going on here. To me I think we’re lucky to have such great likeminded bands we can go watch all the time, it’s just a shame our country thrives on a mainstream-radio-based market and it feels underappreciated here. Even though I guess its a ‘shoegaze revival’, I think everybody in Aus has a knack for acknowledging influence but not abiding by it. Because there is certainly a formula to this music, but it needs to be fucked with and I’m glad people overseas have recognized Australian bands are doing that. There’s this supportive, non-competitve community here for it to exist in. I think that’s the key.
Set times have been announced for Roogaze 2015, and are posted here. All times Melbourne local. Given the intense international interest, it is advised that those planning to attend purchase tickets in advance through this link.
12:00 Day Ravies
10:30 Bloodhounds On My Trail
8:15 Blush Response
6:00 Luna Ghost
5:15 Hideous Towns