The Hemlock Tavern is hosting a special shoegaze showcase on Saturday, June 23, featuring Bay Area newcomers Whirr (Tee Pee) and Moonbeams, as well as 90’s veterans Lorelei (Slumberland) and Half String (Captured Tracks), with Mike Schulman of Slumberland Records/Black Tambourine spinning records between sets.
San Francisco’s lo-fi sextet Whirr (formerly known as Whirl) released their debut full-length Pipe Dreams earlier this year, a follow-up to their 2011 Distressor EP. Their live performances have been known to offer a hypnotic blend of intense guitar distortion and calm, whispery vocals. Listen to Distressor via Bandcamp:
This show also marks the West Coast debut of Virginia shoegazers Lorelei, whose classic album, Everyone Must Touch the Stove, was released on Slumberland Records in 1995, featuring the single “Today’s Shrug.” The album’s innovative noise pop style has been influential on bands in the shoegaze and math rock genres.
Arizona’s best kept shoegaze secret Half String have also reunited after a fifteen year hiatus for a brief California tour. Captured Tracks recently reissued some of their earlier tracks on the anthology Maps For Sleep. “Eclipse” is a highlight from that release.
San Francisco’s noisy pop artist Moonbeams will be opening the showcase. Part of Ryan Moonbeam’s upcoming compilation Forever is currently available on Bandcamp.
This is a unique opportunity for shoegaze fans to witness these bands perform together in the Hemlock Tavern’s intimate space. Tickets are $8 at the door.
Whirr, Lorelei, Half String, Moonbeams
June 23, 2012