Monday, October 27, 2008

Skywave - Echodrone (1999) & Synthstatic (2003)

Skywave was first given to me by danger dog, but as he is lazy when it comes to posting (too busy with Mech Warrior games and whatnot) I've taken it upon myself to share this with you. They cite the notable shoegazers "The Jesus and Mary Chain, Galaxy 500, The Spacemen 3 and My Bloody Valentine" all as influences on their myspace, and they aren't out of line invoking such references either. The songs are decidedly more noise-pop than anything space rock and heavy that sometimes gets called shoegaze, all the while they make great use of the wall of sound. Connections via membership to other recognizably fantastic bands like A Place To Bury Strangers only makes them all the more intriguing. One thing I really enjoy about them is that they are retro sounding but don't feel as easily commercialized as more famous acts like the Raveonettes (though I will admit I like me some Raveonettes for time to time). Out of the two albums I'm sharing here I do like Echodrone more, especially the songs "Sixteen" and "Under the Moon."

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  1. my 2 cents: Both Echodrone and Synthstatic are great albums, Synthstatic seems to hint more at the sound that would develop as members went on to form A Place To Bury Strangers.

    BUT the real Skywave gold, once you have passed through Echodrone and Synthstatic is their live album (recorded at various venues from 1998 - 2000) Ice Storm which features a ramones and a joy division cover, as well as some random demos thrown in at the very end. killer rock & roll.

  2. Thanks for posting this, I can't stop listening to it. Keep up the good work! :D

  3. any chance you have and can post the Skywave/Gold split 7"?

  4. Thanks, great albuns ;-)