Wild Nothing is the type of band I’d be in if someone would just give me a chance. And their album, Gemini, is a collection of songs I’ve been looking for since I first fell in love with the shoegaze genre. They are a throwback to those days of listening to mixtapes, and watching “Growing Pains” on the television; their sound transports you to the bedroom you grew up in, and that Joy Division poster on the wall (the poster you still have because you love it so). And their lyrics are both achingly sweet, and convey the innocence of youth, of first love and the pains of losing it.
I first got Gemini when it came out the beginning of the summer. It immediately reminded me of a combination of the new wave and synthpop I had grown up loving (New Order and The Jesus and Mary Chain), and the shoegaze I’d later discover in college (The Field Mice and Trembling Blue Stars). I’m not sure how I misplaced Wild Nothing in my library of music, but I came across it again this week – it was like rediscovering a treat that I had temporarily forgotten, like finding a five-dollar bill in your pocket months later. “My Angel Lonely” and “Live in Dreams” rebroke my heart, and I loved it; while “Bored Games,” and “Summer Holiday,” made me wish I was in a dance club somewhere in 1987 and tomorrow would never come.
Simply, Gemini bleeds emotion, all while being saturated in synthesized haze and dipped in sugarcoated electronics. Yummy, right? It’s a near-perfect record, and one can only anxiously await what the second album will have in store. I realize we have a few more months until 2011, but I have to say, I’d put Wild Nothing’s Gemini pretty close to the top of my list of favorites from this past year. It’s just like heaven, honestly.
By: Amanda Chatel
11 Sep: Tin Can Ale House, San Diego, CA
12 Sep: Echo, Los Angeles, CA
16 Sep: Popscene, San Francisco, CA
19 Sep: Music Hall of Williasmburg, Brooklyn, NY
22 Sep: Water Street Music Hall, Rochester, NY
23 Sep: House of Blue, Boston, MA
24 Sep: Terminal 5, NYC
28 Sep: 9:30 Club, Washington, DC
30 Sep: Trocadero, Philly, PA
01 Oct: College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, VA
03 Oct: Headliners Music Hall, Louisville, KY
05 Oct: Cannery Ballroom, Nashville, TN
06 Oct: Bluebird Nightclub, Bloomington, IN
07 Oct: Vic Theatre, Chicago, IL
08 Oct: Barrymore Theatre, Madison, WI
09 Oct: Majestic Theatre, Detroit, MI
“Live in Dreams,” the first song off Gemini: