Formed in the mid 90s, just as shoegazing was busy burning itself into obsolescence, Blonde Redhead spent their first decade and a bit not looking at all likely to revive its fortunes, and not sounding at all like a shoegazing-influenced band.

It wasn’t until the release of Misery is a Butterfly in 2004, and then 23 three years later that their shoegazing veins started to show, when the band started to complement Kazu Makino’s breathy vocals with gentle swirl, and stopped trying to drench the world in chaotic noise.