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Outside of My Bloody Valentine, of course, Ride was probably the most famous of all of the so-called “shoegaze” bands. So-called because the concept was that they’d spend their shows staring at their feet rather than at the audience. Which, of course, wasn’t the only criteria, because by that standard, New Order would have qualified.
In any event, most of these bands were distinguished via noisy-yet-shimmering guitar tones, big beats and vocals that were often buried by the aformentioned guitars and beats. Of course, that’s incredibly reductive, as we’ll see when we get to my favorite of those bands, Swervedriver, in a couple of years.