Pacific UV

As the shoegaze revival kicks into high gear, I feel somewhat vindicated. In the early ’90s, I spilled gallons of hyperbolic ink on sensitive guitar-effects-pedal fetishists (My Bloody Valentine, Slowdive, Ride, Chapterhouse, et al.) who were reanimating rock’s airspace with massive waves of tremolo, distortion and delay. Shoegaze bloomed for a minute, then faded out, but its reverberations infected enough young souls to foster this current rejuvenation. Athens, Georgia, quintet Pacific UV adds its plangent spaciness to the cause on its self-titled debut. It’s obvious that Pacific UV worships ethereal psychedelic titan Spiritualized; let’s hope this group, like its idol, slays live.

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