"The first single Firehead sounds refreshing and finally feels like the property of Infinity Girl. With the additional release of the second track from the album, Not Man, confidence as a band is building and there is clarity in direction".
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Boston Guitar band Infinity Girl are here to fly the flag for US shoegaze after their move to Brooklyn for a big bite of the big apple.
Though most popular shoegaze bands are from the UK, the US also embraced shoegaze and immediately "got it". The Jesus And Mary Chain, Ride and MBV, amongst many others, were extremely successful in America. However, the snag has always been that Americans, expect a few rare exceptions, aren't very good at actually making shoegaze. That’s where Infinity Girl are ready to change the game. Along with up and coming UK shoegazers such as Figmennt, Teen Brains, and Spectres, the boys from Boston are helping to produce the great music which may very well spark a new phase of shoegaze.
If you listen to the band's first release Stop Being On My Side, it’s clear to hear the guys are absolutely going for it. It's so loud! In fact it's a dazzling sun-soaked effort full of reverb and skewed guitar pop. Most of the songs on the first LP were written before the band started, hence the wide range of styles on offer. By Now, for example, is a classic MBV influenced song while Blood And Dirt relies more on the sound of the 90's. It’s clearly a record where different influences and song writing styles have collided. But perhaps we shouldn’t pigeon-hole Infinity Girl as a “shoegaze band”, because there is way more to it. Infinity Girl aren't playing a kind of MBV or Slowdive rip off, they have instead created a shoegaze love letter to other bands.
‘This wasn’t really intentional but a lot of the songs on that album were written before the band started or in the very early days of the band, before we had established any kind of sound. Because of that the songs all just kind of sound like what I was listening to/how I was feeling that week without any regard to trying to make it cohesive or fit into a sound’.
That’s a fast paced introduction for a fast paced band. Infinity Girl met at an open mic night back in Boston when singer songwriter Nolan Eley was scouted by Sebastian (drummer) and Mitch (bassist). The songs struck a chord with the duo, who insisted acoustic must turn full band. Add Nolan’s friend and guitarist Kyle to the mix, and there you are; Infinity Girl are born. The outfit play a mixture of reverb and delay filled music, where the volume is turned up and vocals turned down. The experimenting has led to a dazzling variety of shoegaze which culminates into a stunningly clarified form of shoegaze. Yes, it is safe to say the four-piece are flying the flag for America’s shoegaze scene to infinity and beyond!
'It wasn’t really a decision to play shoegaze music; it’s just kind of what I’m naturally drawn to. I constantly find myself turning down the vocals and turning up the guitars, partly because I’m a little embarrassed to hear my own voice and partly because I just like the way it sounds. I’m kind of a snobby shoegaze purist and mostly listen to the classics’.
The follow up Just Like Lovers confirms the potential of Infinity Girl. The five song release sounds more ambitious than its predecessor. You can hear the sound of a new band developing which culminates in the outstanding track of the release, Not My Hang. What originally started life as an acoustic Elliot Smith inspired sound in fact ends the EP with beautiful finesse and originality.
Infinity Girl have since been working on their second album Harm set to be released in August via Topshelf Records. The first single Firehead sounds refreshing and finally feels like the property of Infinity Girl. With the additional release of the second track from the album, Not Man, confidence as a band is building and there is clarity in direction. In other words, the band are now consciously looking in the same direction, and not just "sticking together" their musical similarities..