Happy New Year! Four on the Floor is back to help you discover the many acts coming to the SXSW 2014 Music Festival. To kick off the new year, we’re previewing four super cool shoegaze-influenced bands. If guitar effects, ethereal vocals, and psych-influenced sounds are your thing, then these are just a few of the bands you need to see at SXSW.
No stranger to SXSW, Sandra Vu is coming back to Austin this March with one of her bands, SISU. This Los Angeles-based band has a darker, more shoegaze-influenced feel than Vu’s other project, Dum Dum Girls. Sandra’s voice is haunting yet soothing, and the music moves subtly between electronic- and psych-influenced instrumentation. SISU, which includes five members in addition to Vu, put out their debut LP, Blood Tears, back in September.
RIYL: Lush, Still Corners
Nightmare Air is the result of David Dupuis, of LA shoegazing band Film School, and Swann Miller coming together to “meticulously layer indie boy-girl harmonies, psych noise loops, fuzz-ripped bass and howling rock power,” according to the band's Facebook page. This description of their sound is accurate, and it has earned them praise from a variety of media outlets. Diffuser.fm named Nightmare Air as one of its “10 Best Modern Shoegaze Bands” last year. The band will be making its third appearance at SXSW in 2014.
RIYL: Swervedriver, Film School
Dråpe, whose name is the Norwegian word for “drop,” blends smooth vocals against a sleek sonic background that balances between shoegaze and dream-pop. The band formed in the summer of 2010 in Oslo, Norway and released a couple of EPs before putting out their debut album, Canicular Days, in 2013. Although the album is currently unavailable in the US, we highly recommend checking out Dråpe via SoundCloud below and putting them on your SXSW schedule in March.
RIYL: Pale Saints, Tame Impala
Self-described as “dream rock,” The Great Wilderness are returning to SXSW with their unique brand of shoegaze. The band, which hails from San Jose, Costa Rica, constructs a wall of sound with their combination of melodic female vocals and dense, droning guitars, often showing post-rock influences. Currently unsigned, The Great Wilderness released their first LP, In the Hour of the Wolf, in November of last year.
RIYL: Sonic Youth, Warpaint
Keep up with the list of showcasing artists here.
SISU photo courtesy of the artist
Nightmare Air photo by Brian Lobby
Dråpe photo courtesy of the artist
The Great Wilderness photo courtesy of the artist