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South by South Gaze: The Veldt/Candace/Blushing/Overlake & more

  • Cheer Up Charlies 900 Red River Street Austin, TX, 78701 United States (map)

Friday, March 16th -- Hyperreal film club and The Nothing Song present an unofficial (and totally free) SXSW showcase at Latchkey (1308 E 6th St) with the best dream-pop and shoegaze acts you'll see all week in the city! Music starts right at noon and wraps up at 6PM with The Veldt (NC/NY), Candace (Portland), Blushing (ATX), Overlake (NJ), The Fibs (Fort Worth) and Nassau - the band (BK/PDX). Bring your crew and settle in for some dreamy sonic vibes. ♥ 

The Veldt
Formed by identical twin brothers singer/guitarist Daniel and guitarist Danny Chavis, The Veldt quickly became the "must see attraction" of the quirky art-rock scene in Chapel Hill, NC. Initially signed to Capitol Records in 1989, The Veldt embarked on a musical journey that changed their lives. Soon, they were in the studio with dream-gaze guru Robin Guthrie working on their initial recordings, playing American concert halls with Cocteau Twins and The Jesus and Mary Chain, and recording Marigolds with Lincoln Fong (Moose). 

Traced back to the summer of 2009, Sarah Rose, Sarah Nienaber and Mara Appel DesLauriers came up with the great idea to make music together. Tiny Mix Tapes calls their latest full length, New Ruins, "chock full of hypnotic, dark dream pop that’ll get you through the relentless winter months." 

Based in ATX, Blushing's dream pop / shoegaze quartet comprised of two husband and wife pairs has been successfully growing a steady fan base on an national level. Their sound encompasses influences from all of the bands they collectively share a deep affection for such as Lush, Cocteau Twins, and The Sundays. 

Hailing from Jersey City, Overlake hones their own unique brand of noisy dreampop, drawing from such stalwart influences as Dinosaur Jr, Slowdive, and Hoboken’s own Yo La Tengo. The trio’s sound can only be described as massive, with Tom Barrett’s delay-drenched guitar and whispery, laconic voice backed by the solid coupling of Lysa Opfer’s driving basslines and angelic backing vocals, along with Nick D’Amore’s propulsive drum work. 

The Fibs
Stemming from Fort Worth, The Fibs is comprised of three piece Preston Newberry and Jen & Rob Rux who also run Dreamy Soundz' studio and record label. Equal parts dark/ominous and infectious/dancey, The Fibs' darkwave and psychedelic soundscapes make for an enveloping experience. 

Enriched in soothing textures and vocals, Nassau's collaboration between Justin Wilcox and Jeffrey Silverstein combine energy and comforting hope in their ambient tunes. Featured in NPR's spotlight in The Austin 100, you'll want to keep this duo on your radar for the fest. 

Featuring pop up vendors TBA! 

Poster by Cosech ♥