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Couldn’t be happier to feature world premiere tunes from flvke this weekend. Signs is released into the world on Sunday, but we’ll preview the feels for you all weekend. Bookmark the Bandcamp for the release, we think you’ll adore it as we do. But there’s SO much more! Brand new Pity Sex (reviewed here), the ever-gossamer Lights That Change, dreamy sounds we’ve only just caught up with from East London’s Heavy Heart, plus Earth-fracturing tones from Solip, fresh surprises from Oh Halo, long-awaited brilliance from SF’s Plush, new Miserable, experimental psych flights from BasementNuns, new music from Avaleya and the Glitterhawks, Lakota Colours, woozy sounds from High Climbers, and another LP teaser from VOW. All of the things.

That’s not to neglect last week’s additions from Sulk, Jambox, Sales, Movie Brain, Hellens, Screamfeeder, Nothing, Frankenstein Bolts, Acapulco Lips, Brass Bed, Future Myth, High Climbers, Globelamp, Japanese Breakfast, KinZie, Map of the Moon, Lake Ruth, Swotlab, Vet Trip, Ultra Material, Wild Meadows, Vlimmer, Citrus Clouds, Mercury Girls, The Stargazer Lilies, NAX, Hideous Towns, and LUST.

New Tracks Weekend kicks off 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. Listen via the Radionomy station page at DKFM, on Shoutcast, and on TuneIn Radio for iPhone/Android/Windows. Plus we have our new branded apps for Apple’s iOS, Android and Blackberry. Or load up the “Internet Radio” tab of your iTunes desktop client, and you’ll find DKFM Shoegaze Radio under ‘Alternative’. You can even keep up with the new tracks and artists you may have missed: we’re live-scrobbling via our last.fm profile, and live-tweeting every track on our sub-Twitter DKFMTracks account. Now you’ll know what you heard, or catch up on what you missed.

And, as always, thanks for listening, and thank you for your support!

Spooky weekend treats, all for you! Kicking off with fresh world premieres from the upcoming Airs / The Cherry Wave split, due next week. Plus we’ll dive into fresh frights from Pity Sex, No Vacation, Giant Surprise, Mercury Girls, Kissing Party, Stella Diana, Pure Bathing Culture, Shy-Low, Synapse Lens, Thunderbolt 650, Fire Behaving as Air, Voices from Deep Below, Strange Mangers, Lost Tapes, Sourin, Vlimmer and Trashlord. OH! And of course every track from the new Cheatahs album. AND of course the new single from SHEER. Just that packed.

That’s not to neglect recent additions from Dråpe, Lights that Change, Future Shapes, The Yellow Traffic Light, In a Lonely Place, Chain of Flowers, Trementina, Blacanova, Eerie Summer, Shocking Pinks, Sunshine & The Rain, Wildhoney, DIIV, Beach House, Youth Pool… you gotta believe, we’ve booked up the whole weekend.

New Tracks Weekend kicks off 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. And still 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, and live-tweeting every track on our sub-Twitter DKFMTracks account. Now you’ll know what you heard, or catch up on what you missed.

When The Sun Hits premieres on DKFM this Wednesday evening.
Do. Not. Miss.

Not a lot you can learn from the Facebook page of Lust, save that they’re “A band from Toronto”, and their preferred genre is “Fuzz”. Peel back a layer or two, and you’ll find that one of the prime movers behind Lust is Scott Downes, one of the primary members of Iris, who blew the doors off last year with “Fix Me” and “Ragdoll”. But this isn’t that. What is this, then? Equal parts Nothing and Pity Sex, this is slightly sludgy, ragged but not sloppy, and wholly epic. We bugged Scott to spill the beans on the new band, and the new self-titled LP due today. Press play, and read why we’re pretty excited about this release.

DKFM:
So, is this a breakaway project to explore your sonic boundaries? Or are you done with Iris? Long question short, what motivated you to start up Lust?

Scott/Lust:
I started this band with Trevor a few months back, because I really wanted to sing in a band. Coincidentally, Brad quit Iris and now I sing in both bands. I’ll never be done with Iris though. I love both bands the same.

DKFM:
This seems a different musical approach than Iris. What kinds of sounds and themes are you exploring here? 

Scott/Lust:
We’re exploring sonic walls of perversion. Low and slow, baby. Low and slow. The lyrical themes have a lot to do with getting a meaningless nut in, and thinking of your ex girlfriend, or boyfriend, whichever you prefer.

DKFM:
Greater soft/loud dynamics here. Any bands or inspirations that helped shape the sonic landscape you built?

Scott/Lust:
We all listen to the same kind of music, and all have our different tastes. So, it’s kind of like we’re playing what we love and bringing in all the other shit we love. Is that basic? buy non prescription flagyl Probably. I think we emulate it well, though. Trevor wishes we were a black metal band.

DKFM:
How did you find your bandmates for this project? And what did they bring to the table, in the songwriting or recording process?

Scott/Lust:
Trevor is one of my best friends, so I asked if he wanted to start this band with me. Trevor and Bostin play Magic together, and Trevor mentioned that Bostin wanted to be in a band like Lust, so I hit him up. Then, Leigh came over with my friend Jacob one day. I didn’t really know him at the time, but Trevor asked if he played any instruments. You get the picture. I had a lot of the songs written before we even started! Bostin and wrote Alone and Day Dream together, Trevor helped structure one of the songs, and Leigh, well he plays drums so he does whatever the hell he wants.

DKFM:
Not to state the perfectly obvious, but this album rocks. Hard. Any plans to take this show on the road now the LP’s out?

Scott/Lust:
We’re hitting up Montreal and Ottawa in a couple weeks. As for the states, i really don’t know. Leigh starts school in september. I think Bostin does too, I reall have no clue. Maybe we’ll do a little something in the winter for the states.

DKFM:
What comes next for Lust? 

Scott/Lust:
The LP, shirts, maybe another EP later this year. We have a couple new songs we’re working on. Shouts out to Matty from Wheeler, KettleMain, Mr. Soft Treats, Na$ty Norm, and Acid?Priest in general. Total Love is sick too, check them out. Fuck the rest.

Grab a copy of Lust’s self-titled debut at Bandcamp, and follow them on Facebook. They’re busting out all over. Photo used with the kind permission of and © Justin Friske.
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We first played Toronto’s Iris late last year with the instrumental grinder “Antoinette”. We caught up with them when the single “Ragdoll” premiered via Sounds Better With Reverb, and it was a breath of fresh air. We then heard the single “Fix Me” and fell over. Like the debut from Whirl (now Whirr) and Pity Sex before them, it was less of a band, or a sound, and more of a sheer force of nature. They practically dare you to get in, or get run over. Since then, Iris has generated a huge amount of buzz on our airwaves, recently opened for Whirr, done an impressive cover of The Killers’ “When You Were Young”, and they await their debut 10″ vinyl release on Middleman Records soon. We bugged for an interview before they got too big and too cool to talk to us.

Iris is:
Danielle – Vocals / Bass
Scott – Guitar
Matt – Drums
Brad – Guitar / Vocals
Also, they’re a force of nature. But we said that already.

DKFM: How did Iris get started? It seems like it started as two musicians and a session drummer, but now is a fully-formed band, kicking ass and taking names. How did it start, and how did we get here?

Scott: It started with Danielle and I! Danielle had the idea of starting a band while her and I were doing acoustic songs and I was skeptical at first, but did it anyway. We wrote Blossom, our first EP in the span of a month and recorded it with our friend Matt, who is now our drummer. A month after the release, Brad hit me up on Facebook and told me he wanted to jam with us. Before our first show in October, Matt and Brad were just suppose to fill in for us, but when we jammed it just felt so right to have them join.

Matt: I originally asked Danielle if she wanted to record her acoustic stuff in my studio and they had been working on the EP and decided to give me a shot. It was my first real project and helped me start up my studio as well as helped us get the band together, so it was a win-win situation.

DKFM: Inspirations? What bands do you look up to, and have helped form your own unique sound?

Scott: I look up to My Bloody Valentine a lot when it comes to shoegaze, Recently I’ve been fucking with Pygmalion by Slowdive as well. Something about that record messes with my emotions a lot. I love it. I really metronidazole buy online like Whirr a lot too; their music influenced me a lot. I really, really, really, love hair metal though, nothing gets me going more than Ratt or Van Halen.

DKFM: The rest of the EP is coming? Two tracks so far via Bandcamp, but more is promised. How is that taking shape, and how soon do we get our hands on it?

Scott: It’s coming. There are 5 tracks on the EP. Fix Me, Ragdoll, Numb, a re-recorded version of Downfall, and a full band version of This Isn’t Goodbye, from our acoustic EP. As soon as record pre-orders go up we’ll drop the rest of the EP, it was suppose to come out in November, but pressing plants are always backed up, so we’ll probably have it early 2015. We have the EP coming out on cassette for our online store in November though.

DKFM: The indie press and fans are FINALLY starting to catch up to your sound. What’s that been like for you?

Danielle: I didn’t really expect for people to notice us so it’s pretty shocking, to be honest! It’s really nice though, people are really supportive of us and we appreciate it a lot. It’s always cool to see people write about us on tumblr, and blogs scattered around the internet.

DKFM: How about touring? With the vinyl release of “Haunt Me” expected soon, and with new tracks imminent, any plans to take a victory lap?

Scott: We’re planning a tour for April, unfortunately I don’t think we’ll be able to reach California, but we’ll be there eventually for sure. We’re planning on going down the mid-west, through Texas, down to Tampa, and back up the East Coast. So if you have hook ups send them my way: scottdownes_07@hotmail.com

DKFM: What comes next for Iris?

Scott: Hopefully a full length in September 2015. We’ll see though. I don’t really want to rush anything. I’d rather work really hard on one record than half-ass a ton of bad ones. We’re planning on doing another 2 track EP before the full length though.

DKFM: Finally, what would you like all your new friends and fans to know about you?

Scott: Thanks for giving us a shot. I hope you all enjoy the new EP when it’s out, and hopefully we’ll have more stuff for you soon!

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Follow the exploits of Iris on Facebook, Bandcamp, but not on Twitter. @iris_toronto will get you speed reading classes.
Photos courtesy of and copyright Cordell Shanahan, 2014, and used by permission.
 
 
 

School starts up soon for some, not until September for others. As we approach the last solid month of summer vacation, we present to you our list of the top ten essential summer sounds, suitable for loading up on your iPod and heading to the mountains, or the beach perhaps. We guarantee you’ll find something to fall in love with.

10. Trementina – “Not Everybody It’s the Same”, “Makes Me Think”, “Over All”.
Three whole songs, broken into two separate releases, this is one of the most promising debuts of any band from any nation. Worth seeking out. You’ll join their fan club in no time. Free download via Latino America Shoegaze, also on the band’s Soundcloud page.

9. Landing – II. Celebrating their 15-year anniversary, Landing does what they do. They do it better than everyone else. Start a groove, build and build upon it, and before you know, you’re hooked. It’s their world, we’re just living in it. Climb on, strap in, take the ride. Landing – II available only on cassette during their summer tour (victory lap?), will be available for wider release on their Bandcamp when they return home.

8. Tape Waves – Tape Waves EP. At first listen, it may seem slight. Jarod Weldin and Kim Hart deliver dream pop hooks with lilt and nuance (and just a hint of Twin Peaks-style dreaminess). Take it to the beach at dusk for maximum impact.

7. Grand Resort – Memory Loss EP. Fresh this month, and seriously sparkly. Jangly guitars and propulsive rhythms carry you away on a wash of melody. Another one we didn’t see coming until it wouldn’t let go.

6. Weekend – Jinx. Sure, it’s designed to reach a mass audience. Sure, it’s more post-punk than shoegaze. Weekend had some big aspirations with this, and they met the challenge. Sure to please the indie kids, the shoegaze-heads, and not offend your mom. Probably.

5. Wild Smiles – Take Me Away EP. These folks write some of the most compelling lo-fi tunes you’ll ever hear. We waited for this one, and it was worth it. Don’t be surprised if your toes start tapping and your head starts bobbing. It’s out of your control. Give in. Wickedly infectious.

4. True Widow – Circumambulation. Dirty. Fuzzy. Scuzzy. Repetitive. Insistent. There’s nothing fresh about this sound, it’s more like a stale, claustrophobic room with the drapes drawn. But you just can’t leave. Yeah, it’s like that. ‘Stonegaze’ is their sound, and they’ve mastered it. You’ve got to hand it to a band that sets their own rules and follows no trend. Aggressively priced for eMusic members at $3.92.

3. Picnic – The Weather’s Fine. Dense, dreamy, textured, lovely. A surprise staple that crept into rotation and hung on. It’s a beautiful dreamscape to visit, you’ll want to move there if you could.

2. Pity Sex – Feast of Love. You might be tempted to dismiss a release that came with this much hype attached before the actual release. Pity Sex BROUGHT IT, and proved the doubters wrong. Angular and chaotic at times, but compelling, always.

1. suā – Twins EP. With “Welcome” and “Twins” acting as cornerstones, this EP sometimes softly caresses, sometimes sandpapers you, but always demands your attention and admiration. The band has no weak links, their songwriting has become stellar, and they don’t compromise. That’s good news for the rest of us. Brooklyn owns the summer, if not the year, in 2013.

What will the fall bring? Look forward to The Stargazer Lilies new album, possible new DIIV, long-awaited Solar Powered People, new music from Crisis Arm, more from Nothing, plus Slowdive’s Neil Halstead and Seefeel’s Mark Van Hoen collaborate on their new project, Black Hearted Brother, offered here:

Happy listening, and here’s to a great year in shoegaze and dream pop music!

We’ve heard some grumbling that nothing interesting has come out lately. Au contraire, mon frère! And we can prove it! If you weren’t paying attention, seems like all the good stuff is coming out right about now! Like the dutiful folks we are, we’ve pressed it all down into a giant New Tracks Weekend not to be missed. The week’s newest releases are here: Mood Rings, Skinny Dream, Candy Claws, Pity Sex, WL, Black International, Weekend, Pixies, SPC ECO, You Me & Us, plus our newest adds from psych-folk artist Syd Lane, Landmarks, The Vickers, Maria False, Tape Waves, Karate Free Stylers, Object Object, The Forever People, Metz, Ask For Joy, Helen Stellar, Exit Calm, Holy Girl, Wilson & Joy, and Béisbol. We guarantee you’ll hear something you love, or your money back.

We buckle in at 8 pm Eastern, 5 Pacific Friday night, and cook all weekend. 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 Radio under “Eclectic”, and on TuneIn Radio and associated apps. 5 PM Pacific (8 PM Eastern), til we switch off the lights Sunday night. Full alpha artist listing follows:

ANDANDANDAND
Another Green World
Ask For Joy
BAMBARA
Beach Fossils
Beach Volleyball
Béisbol
Black International
blood sister
Bolywool
Burglary Years
C’zama Bang
Candy Claws
Children Of Leir
Cousins
dead leaf echo
Dear Eloise
Depth and Current
drifterswift
Ecovillage
Exit Calm
Feint
Fleeting Joys
Golden Gardens
Gum
Helen Stellar
Hints
HollAnd
Holy Girl
Honeyslide
InnerOceans
Karate Free Stylers
La Mala Vida
Landmarks
Magic Mountain
Makaras Pen
maria false
Mellonta Tauta
Memory Ghost
Metz
Mood Rings
Moscow Olympics
My Red Dress
New Canyons
No Middle Name
Object Object
pink playground
Pity Sex
Pixies
Power Pyramid
Princess
Pure Bathing Culture
Savage Sister
Scarlet Chives
Scarlet Youth
Sexores
Shadowpeak
Silver Swans
Sister Crystals
Skinny Dream
Soft Shadows
Space Waves
SPC ECO
Splashh
Spotlight Kid
Suā
Surf Club
Syd Lane
Synthesize Her
Taffy
Tape Waves
Teardrop Factory
The Death of Pop
the derevolutions
The Forever People
the haiduks
The Julia Sound
The Sunbirds
The Vanities
The Vickers
Tripwires
True Widow
Veronica Falls
Vrreeb
Vru Patel
Waldo & Marsha
Weekend
White Blush
White Night Ghosts
Wilson & Joy
WL
You Me & Us
Young Prisms
ZAZA
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