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Shoegaze Vets Swirlies Unearth Radio Session for New 7-Inch

Swirlies‘ 1993 album Blondertongue Audiobaton is one of the great under-celebrated records of the shoegaze era. Making good on their name, that record was a dizzy mix of the brawny indie rock emanating from their native Massachusetts at the time and the hazy 4AD and Creation records they’d have been importing at the time.

This year they’re celebrating their 25th anniversary as a band by reissuing that LP and heading out on a tour, they’re also releasing a 7-inch single, their first new release since 2009. With the inscrutable title Swirlies‘ Magic Strop: Orca Vs. Dragon, the EP unearths a previously unreleased radio session from the Blondertongue period. It’ll see official release once their tour kicks off on July 1 in Hudson, New York, but until then it’s streaming here as a reminder of their live prowess both then and now.

Swirlies tour dates:

July 1 – Hudson, NY @ The Half Moon
July 2 – Philadelphia, PA @ Johnny Brenda’s
July 3 – Allston, MA @ Great Scott
July 5 – Brooklyn, NY @ Baby’s All Right
July 6 – Washington, DC @Black Cat
July 7 – Baltimore, MD @ Ottobar
July 8 – Carrboro, NC @ Cat’s Cradle
July 9 – Atlanta, GA @ The Earl
July 10 – Cincinnati, OH @ MOTR Pub
July 11 – Indianapolis, IN @ Joyful Noise Recordings
July 12 – Chicago, IL @ West Fest
July 13 – Detroit, MI @ UFO Factory
July 14 – Toronto, ON @ Drake Hotel
July 15 – Montreal, QC @ Bar Le “Ritz” P.D.B.