In July of 2016, the Nagoya Shoegazer Expo was held at KD Japon and Daytrip, two venues in Nagoya's Tsurumai area that have more or less been the stage for the emergence of the local shoegaze scene over the last few years.
Not much remains of the "golden age" of Japanese shoegaze, which started on April 1, 1998 and lasted until some point in the early to mid 2000s. Few of the bands from that era are still around, and only a handful of those have released anything. But while most of their contemporaries have either disbanded or abandoned the genre, Cruyff in the Bedroom has remained an active and important member of the Japanese shoegaze scene. Still going strong after almost two decades, the proclaimed "Japanese King of Shoegazer" is getting ready to release its 6th studio album, HATE ME, on May 10th.
So the big news last week was the release of Slowdive's self-titled record - their first album in 22 years. The Japanese version of the album comes with the much sought-after bonus track "30th june", and while I've yet to make my way through the album and put together a review of the track itself, I figured I would at least post the lyrics. If you're interested in purchasing the Japanese release, you can do so here.