Ambulance LTD is an indie rock group formed in Spanish Harlem, New York in 2000. The band was founded by singer and guitarist Michael Di Liberto and Dave Longstreth of Ohio. They were joined by Marcus Congleton, who brought in Andrew Haskell (keyboards), Aaron Nevezie (bass), and Darren Beckett (drums). After Haskell and Nevezie left the band, they were replaced by Benji Lysaght (guitar) and later Matthew Dublin (bass). They signed to TVT Records after getting positive reviews from their live shows and recorded their debut album LP in 2004.
The band mixes the genres of dream pop, indie rock and the British shoegazing movement of the late 1980s and early 1990s. Their influences range from The Beatles and The Rolling Stones to Spiritualized, My Bloody Valentine, and Elliott Smith. The band has said that "their niche is not sticking to any particular niche" and that they don't want to be stuck in any sub-genre of rock.
A wonderful instrumental piece.
Do with it with your imagination what you will.
I just found out about this band yesterday at The Great Bear cafe.
They play a lot of cutting edge indie rock etc. over there.
What the hell is shoegazing...?
[A] subgenre of alternative rock that emerged from the United Kingdom in the late 1980s. It lasted there until the mid 1990s, with a critical zenith reached in 1990 and 1991. The British music press—particularly NME and Melody Maker—named this style shoegazing because the musicians in these bands stood relatively still during live performances in a detached, introspective, non-confrontational state, hence the idea that they were gazing at their shoes. The heavy use of effects pedals also contributed to the image of performers looking down at their feet during concerts.
The shoegazing sound is typified by significant use of guitar effects, and indistinguishable vocal melodies that blend into the creative noise of the guitars. A general description given to shoegazing and other affiliated bands in London in the early 1990s was The Scene That Celebrates Itself. In the early 1990s, shoegazing groups were pushed aside by the American grunge movement and early Britpop acts such as Suede, forcing the relatively unknown bands to break up or reinvent their style altogether. Recent times have seen a renewed interest in the genre among "nu-gaze" bands.
I'm in all the coffee places in Los Gatos in the morning & the evening. They each have their own vibe.
I like Le Boulanger for its soft chairs. They don't mind if I pop some pain pills & nod out. The Los Gatos Roasting Company can come off a little snooty (but not really). The Bear is gay & lesbian friendly & just friendly to those outside the mainstream in general. I particularly like it because White Tiger Woman goes there. She looks like a young Susan Sarandon. A woman of mystery. (More on her in the future, I hope.)