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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.

Because the new music won’t play itself. It’s a great weekend for fresh tracks from new bands, and up-and-comers. There’s a lot of sparkly brilliance here. Star Horse, Blush Response, Crisis Arm (Rend is finally out, got yours yet?), Magic Love (there’s a lot of magic in this Japanese release), Sensei, Evil Eyes, Princess, Duelectrum, Self Defense, The Hours, She, in the haze, Miss Mobile Home just dropped, Unity Floors, Be, Aysula, Hariguem Zaboy, Withershins and much more. The weekend’s looking bright. Or dark, depending on your point of view.

8 pm Eastern, 5 pm Pacific, and continuing through Sunday at midnight Eastern, 9 Pacific. It’s the first weekend we’ll spin some of these tracks, and may be the last weekend for some others. Live365 listeners: it’s your votes that count! Your thumbs-up / thumbs down ratings determine what is kept in permanent rotation. Listen via the Live365 station page at DKFM, on iTunes Internet Radio under “Eclectic”, and on TuneIn Radio for iPhone/Android/Windows. Latin America relay: try Radio Terra. And commercial-free everywhere! You can even keep up with the new tracks and artists you may have missed: we’re live-scrobbling via our last.fm profile. Now you’ll know what you heard, or catch up on what you missed. Full alpha listing as follows:

Airs
Allusondrugs
Asalto al Parque Zoologico
Ask For Joy
Astronaut Husband
Aysula
Barnard’s Star
Be
beko
Bellavista
Beverly
The Bilinda Butchers
Bleak Boys
Bleak House
Blonde Redhead
Blonde Tongues
Bloodhounds on My Trail
Blush Response
Bummed
The City
Clustersun
Contrast
CQ
Craft Spells
Cre•scen•do
crisis arm
Cuicks
Cult Classic
The Daysleepers
Depth & Current
Desert Ships
Dragon Turtle
Duelectrum
duplodeck
Engineers
Evil Eyes
Fantasyprom
Field Mouse
Flat7
The Florist
Fluffytails
Flyying Colours
Follow the Sea
For Tracy Hyde
Francesca Fiore
The Fresh & Onlys
Ghost Lake
glace
The Glass Set
Glintshake
Grass on the Sun
The Halogens
Hariguem Zaboy
Highlands
The History of Apple Pie
The History of Colour TV
Honeyblood
Hot Glass
The Hours
Housekeeper
Hush Pup
HYLA
Imandra Lake
Incense
JAGUWAR
Jekyll
Jubilee Courts
Keep
Kid Foguete
Kindling
The Koniac Net
The KVB
La Sera
Lava Lite
Let’s Be Loveless
Letting Up Despite Great Faults
Lightfields
Lightfoils
Lights that Change
LLLL
Lone Poets
Lowtide
Luha
magao
Magic Love
Mary Joanna & The Southern Electrikk
Miners
Miniatures
Miracle Falls
Miss Mobile Home
Modern Time Machines
Montclova
Moonsters
Movienite
My Red Dress
Neuman
The Noise Tigers
Okkur
On-The-Go
The Only Ghost in Town
Pallow
penguin airways
Pink Mexico
Pinkshinyultrablast
Plastic Girl in Closet
POLA
Popstrangers
Power Pyramid
Princess
Prisms
Privacy//Policy
The Raveonettes
rayos y manchas
Redspencer
Reighnbeau
Schonwald
Seasurfer
Secret Colours
Self Defense
Sensei
Sexores
She, in the haze
A Shoreline Dream
Sighs
Sky Between Leaves
Sleep Party People
Slowness
Soph Nathan
SoulSonic
Sounds of Sputnik
Spiral Life
Stagnant Pools
Star Horse
Static in Verona
A Sunny Day in Glasgow
Surfing
Sweet Jane and Claire
Taffy
Tape Waves
Tempers
Tennis System
Towns
The Twilight Sad
Twin Studies
TYYNYT
UmbraSum
Unity Floors
The Us
VANIISH
VANITY
The Watchmakers
We Keep the City Running
We Need Secrets
Whirr
Wildhoney
Worries
Wray
YUKI
The Zephyr Bones
Пожар
ヨシオテクニカ
宇宙ネコ子とラブリーサマーちゃん
3 Days from Retirement

Because the new music won’t play itself…

Compelling music dropped this week, and we’ve got rare discoveries for you as well. Brand new albums from She Sir and Bleeding Rainbow, a ridiculously keen EP from Blush Response, brand new tuneage from Postcode and Web of Sunsets, the rare but awesome sounds of Sustains, plus The Blurry Empire, Silversun Pickups, Sun Glitters, Positive No, Savage Sister, Temples, brand new Grey Zine, Moonbeams and Orange Aurora. We brought the stuff!

8 pm Eastern, 5 pm Pacific, and continuing through Sunday at midnight Eastern, 9 Pacific. It’s the first weekend we’ll spin some of these tracks, and may be the last weekend for some others. Live365 listeners: it’s your votes that count! Your thumbs-up / thumbs down ratings determine what is kept in permanent rotation. Listen via the Live365 station page at DKFM, on iTunes Internet Radio under “Eclectic”, and on TuneIn Radio for iPhone/Android/Windows. Latin America relay: try Radio Terra. And commercial-free everywhere! You can even keep up with the new tracks and artists you may have missed: we’re live-scrobbling via our last.fm profile. Now you’ll know what you heard, or catch up on what you missed. Full (we think?) artist listing follows:

ArtClassSink
Be Forest
Bear State
Blackbird Blackbird
Bleak Boys
Bleeding Rainbow
The Blurry Empire
Blush Response
Bolywool
Breeze
Cheatahs
Coctail Twins
colourwaves
Crème Fouettée
crisis arm
Dead Leaf Echo
Dear Baby Deer
Delay Trees
Diamond Incarnation
Dissolve
Dum Dum Girls
Eva & John
Fantan
Fantasyprom
Field Mouse
Fixing Bayonets
Float down the Liffey
Flying Cape Experience
FOTOGRAMAS
Glaswen
Grandhorse
Grey Zine
Gustavia
Helen Stellar
Intimate Stranger
KSAS (Karol Schwarz All Stars)
Leave the Planet
Life Model
Lilies on Mars
Makaras Pen
Matt Bartram
Modern Charms
Moonbeams
Nights
Orange Aurora
Phone Home
Positive No
Postcode
Queridas
Roku Music
Savage Sister
Seafoam
September Girls
Shady Elders
SHE
She Sir
Shocking Pinks
Should
Silversun Pickups
Sleepover
Snowbird
Soft As Snow But Warm Inside
Soft Science
Solarein
Someday I Will Miss You
Sora Shima
Static Daydream
Summer Hail
The Casket Girls
The Foreign Resort
The Open Feel
The Panic
Threading
Tides of the Moon
Total Slacker
Towns
TuT
Vehicle Blues
The Vera Violets
Vibrissae
The Village
The Virgance
Virgo Rising
Warpaint
We Are US
Web of Sunsets
Wild Moth
Wildhoney
Wozniak
XO
Youngteam
Your Cannons
Малыш Камю

Everybody’s clever nowadays.