When: Sun., Sept. 18, 8 p.m. 2016
First-wave UK shoegaze bands My Bloody Valentine, Slowdive, and Ride have recently reunited for sold-out world tours and headlining festival spots, and last year Lush—4AD’s answer to Huggy Bear—decided their time had come. In the 90s singer-songwriters Miki Berenyi and Emma Anderson were brash twentysomethings whose hazy shoegaze provided a vehicle for riot-grrrl undercurrents. “Hypocrite” satirizes what would eventually be thought of as Mean Girls culture by ending the song with the acknowledgment that the narrator hypocritically talks mad shit. Their later wannabe Brit-pop hit “Ladykillers” flaunts glorious irritation at smarmy, horny men (rumors persist that Berenyi was referencing Anthony Kiedis). But now the 90s are over, and Lush have grown up. They’re decades removed from their 1992 Lollapalooza appearance, at which they famously scrawled a note to Ice Cube in lipstick on his trailer mirror. These days band members are parents—and some even work in offices. Reunited, the quartet released a great EP earlier this year called Blind Spot (Edamame), but it’s still the dreamscape feminist anthems of yore that fans will react to most. Shoegaze has always been saturated with feminine energy, and Lush took the aesthetic to high levels of rock as other bands remained only timidly experimental (though older material, such as 1992’s Spooky LP, did show some adventurous roots). Their most notable work remains a hybrid of delicious shoegaze and riot-grrrl pop, as on their best album, 1994’s Split. Lush’s music is a gift to women who want to be both sweetly carefree and carelessly brazen.
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