The shoegaze genere is one that focuses heavily on guitars and vocal, especially when it comes to distortion, and the aim is to create an immense wall of sound that almost "washes" over listeners. Some classic shoegaze bands include: My Bloody Valentine, Ride, Slowdive and Lush.
"Shoegaze" is a term coined from the idea that most band members are constantly looking at their shoes, due to the amount of pedals used to craft their sound. I decided to look into this for the design of my magazine, since many pedals have cool names and fonts!
Here are a few of my favourites:
The text on this Big Muff pedal has a nice 3D style design, which may have an influence on the choice of font I use for the masthead of my magazine. I like how it is clearly visible, but simple as well - I think simplicity is highly important for an aesthetically pleasing magazine.
The choice of font for this pedal is soft and rounded, which isn't too harsh to look at. I like how the cut outs in both the letters 'D' and 'a' are used: I gain an 80s vibe from it and I'm reminded of cheesy science-fi films from that period - not really a look I want for my magazine, however!
This final pedal that I've chosen - Shoegazer - has a tight, closely linked font that incorporates a mix of symbols. This is certainly something to consider for the masthead of my magazine as it links to the idea of distortion within the genre of shoegaze. As well as this, it looks pretty cool!
The "aesthetic" of Shoegaze/Dream Pop
Shoegaze and dream pop are both genres that make images of colour, long exposure and movement come to mind - in terms of visuals. There are huge connotations to psychedelics like LSD involved with the genres, and this fuels the myriad of shapes, sounds and colours linked with the music. This is something that I'd like to achieve in portraying through my magazine - if I choose this style of music - as it will encapsulate the shoegaze "scene". Here are a collection of images that, in my mind, "sum up" shoegaze and dream pop:
Here are some examples of shoegaze and dream pop songs/albums that I enjoy!