Part Two in a series… Melbourne, Australia hosts the event of the year in Roogaze 2015, featuring the best and the brightest in the Australian shoegaze and dream pop scenes. We dug for answers about this incredible event, and got responses from Blush Response, Luna Ghost, Day Ravies, and Bloodhounds on My Trail. If you’ve heard of every one of these bands, it may be because they’re heavy rotation staples on our air, and probably in your hearts as well. Missed our first installment? Check it here.
DKFM: How did you get involved in this incredible festival?
Sam, Day Ravies: The event has been organised by Gabe from Lowtide. Day Ravies and Lowtide have played a bunch of shows together, all of them have been quite memorable nights. We were lucky to be invited by Gabe.
Chris, Luna Ghost: There was an open discussion among band members about putting on a similar gig to a recent Jesus and Mary Chain tribute started by Jack from Contrast, and me being a smart ass self-nominated my band to jumped on board! Then everyone gave their two cents with the organisation and it went from there.
Bloodhounds on My Trail: Well credit has to go to Jack of Contrast for getting the ball rolling. We were asked to play a set as part of a JAMC tribute show so we promoted on FB. The Crook suggested we local shoegazers should organise our on tribute night to The Cure. A whole bunch of Melbourne gaze bands then put their hands up and so the idea was formed. Gabe from Lowtide then got his teeth sunk it to it and it evolved into the massive line up it is involving interstate bands as well. We are thrilled to be a part of it.
Alister, Blush Response: I paid a small fortune for a guy to sneak into Gabe’s (Lowtide) room while he slept and whisper “ask Blush Response to play Roogaze 2015” in his ear, every night for a month.
DKFM: Have you ever been involved in a shoegaze-specific event of this size?
Chris, Luna Ghost: We’ve played a few gaze specific shows around, especially recently, but not to this size. Melbourne is a great place for like minded bands to get together and put on shows. This one looks to be one of the best shoegaze lineups we’ve been a part of for sure.
Alister, Blush Response: I pose a counter question: Has a shoegaze event of this size ever occurred? I’d wager my tremolo arm that, no, this is the biggest. Ever.
Sam, Day Ravies: No, I can’t say we’ve ever been involved in an event of this kind of theme.
Bloodhounds on My Trail: Not at all. We’ve played that JAMC tribute which had a good long line up of bands but wasn’t really gaze. I’m hoping this could be a yearly thing!
DKFM: Are you familiar with the other bands on the bill, and who are you most looking forward to seeing?
Alister, Blush Response: Definitely. Is ‘everyone’ an acceptable answer? No? Ok. Kigo and Bloodhounds on my Trail. Very keen.
Sam, Day Ravies: Yeah, I’m most looking forward to Contrast, Miners (I see them all the time but never get sick of them) and Lowtide who always rip live.
Bloodhounds on My Trail: Everyone! Of course. It’s a lineup that we’d be excited about even if we weren’t playing at. I’m gonna say Miners, Blush Response & kigo since I’ve not seem before.
Chris, Luna Ghost: Our band has played with most of the local bands on the bill a fair bit, we always love playing with Contrast, Bloodhounds On My Trail, Miniatures, Hideous Towns. I am especially keen to play with Lowtide, as we’ve never shared the bill with them and really love their music. I’m also pretty excited to see some of the interstate acts (Day Ravies, Miners, Blush Response and kigo).
DKFM: Do you think it’s possible to pull off an event of this scale again?
Bloodhounds on My Trail: I really do hope we can do it every year. Even if it’s all self indulgence haha.
Sam, Day Ravies: Surely, Melbourne is the right place for it.
Chris, Luna Ghost: For sure. It’s great to get together and put on things like this. There’s even a few more acts that could’ve been added to the bill (eg. Crimsonettes, Lunaire, Flyying Colours who i think are out of town) so there’s always demand for these kind of shows especially around here.
Alister, Blush Response: Never again. That’s why everyone should definitely come to this gig.
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?
Sam, Day Ravies: I hadn’t thought about it like that at all, Certainly is exciting.
Chris, Luna Ghost: That’s pretty great to know. I feel particularly lucky to be in Melbourne with all these great acts. There’s no ego and we all love each other’s music. Any week we can go and watch one another’s band play around for cheap so it’s pretty much a big community now. It’s quite humbling to know there’s even attention outside of Melbourne let alone worldwide!
Bloodhounds on My Trail: We know we’re part of a special lineup. It funny living here you almost forget how many great Aussie gaze bands there are right now until you see the lineup, get excited that every band on it is awesome and finally realise it’s all Aussie! Puts it into context. We are greatful to be a part of it. And by all means any crazy gaze fans that wanna come to this from overseas, I gotta couple of spare rooms 🙂
Alister, Blush Response: Well, uh, nervous now that you’ve said that..
Check out the Facebook event page for this epic festival known as Roogaze 2015 here. Then lend us a thesaurus so we can find another good word for “epic”. Thanks.