Formed in 2017 as an acoustic music project, but morphing over the years into an indie rock band, Atlanta, Georgia’s Shoegazers are trio who mix punk and emo influences into their alternative rock foundation.
Their self-titled EP recently dropped via 59 X Records, and it’s a gritty and tuneful run of three tracks that resound with buzzing and grinding to fiery guitar turmoil, weighted bass lines, lively drumwork, and heartfelt vocals.
The outfit may be named Shoegazers, but their music is more raw and ragged than the shoegaze or dream-rock styles.
Reflective lyrics focus on relationship entanglements and ruptures, as well as mental health issues; relatable topics that are dominant these days as we all try to navigate our lives through the current pandemic.
The band members kindly provide details about the three songs on their new EP:
“When You’re Ready”
“A friend was going through a rough time in a relationship, after previously being excited about said relationship. It’s about coming to terms with the fact that it’s not working out, even though you’ve maybe been telling yourself it is. Sort of like you’re reluctantly beginning to be honest with yourself.”
“Pain Behind Your Smile”
“[This] track is about the anxiousness and uncertainty that comes when you’re not where you want to be, mentally. The song is a nod to when you’re sitting there alone with your thoughts and you just don’t want to be.”
“Drive Your Car”
“[This one] is about realizing that there is clarity. Clarity comes along with taking time and thinking, and realizing that’s there’s light at the end of the tunnel. No matter how much of a rut or how bad a space you’re in - with time comes the ability to see things full circle.”