My first DJ gig in Seattle was a weekly shoegaze/dreampop happy hour at the Baltic Room. This is like, 10+ years ago. It was a great time, the bartenders were cool, members of local bands like C’est La Mort, Kinski, The Turn-ons and Voyager One would come by and I had a chance to show off my record collection. Some of the best times of my life were seeing Lush, Moose, Boo Radleys, Pale Saints, My Bloody Valentine – well, it was Los Angeles in 1991, so the list could really go on forever. They all came, and would sometimes play early and late shows, both of which I would attend. The unfortunate yet catchy micro-genre called “Shoegaze” would change the way I listened to music forever.
We are excited to see that Vapour Trail, “an evening of atmospheric sonic introspection and swirly visuals,” is not only moving from Sunday to Tuesday evenings, but happening twice a month as well (1st and 3rd Tuesdays.) I usually DJ at Seattle’s Eagle Tavern on Sundays (it’s one of those nights where I can get away with anything,) so I haven’t gone yet. But now I can’t think of another excuse, not even today’s snow, not to show up; it’s two blocks from my house.
I’m looking forward to hearing what the DJ’s (Retina Burn, James and Jessica) have to offer. Because there are a lot of imitators out there, the genre hasn’t really grown much. Bright spots like TCA favorites, Mahogany, Ulrich Schnauss, or Serena Maneesh are continuing the exploration of sonic music in different ways, and able to be unique in their approach. But I’m pretty sure they’ll touch down right where any good shoegaze night – called Vapour Trail – should, with some of the bands listed above, and hopefully some others I might have missed over the years. I’m not much on using my Shazam, and I’m a chatty bastard, so heads up Vapor Trail DJ’s, I’m coming to join the party!