Should are a dreamy Shoegaze band that formed about a decade ago in Austin, Texas. They originally started out in 1995 under the name shiFt and had 2 releases. ShiFt released the original CD-EP of A Folding Sieve in 1995, followed up in 1997 by a 7″ vinyl release called Own Two Feet.
After a decided name change, Should released their debut CD in 1998 called Feed Like Fishes. Late, in 2002, they released a follow-up called A Folding Sieve. To this day, both are well respected amongst the old Slowcore and newer Shoegaze aficianados.
As often happens, life goes on and gets in the way causing bands to break up and move on to other pursuits such as careers and other of life’s holdings. Life brought Marc Ostermeier to Baltimore, Maryland where he is currently a professor at the distinguished Johns Hopkins University. Eric Ostermeier, Marc’s brother, lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota where he is a political blogger as well as a researcher at the University of Minnesota. Not to be out done, Tanya Maus also spends much of her time within the halls of higher learning and is a professor in Ohio at Wittenberg University. Quite a brainy bunch! And here ya’ll thought they just made beautiful music together. With the geographical distances between them, it’s not the most conducive for an impromptu band rehearsal. Somehow, they’ve managed to close the gap and come up with a real beauty of a new, long awaited album called Like A Fire Without Sound. The album has been completed and the official release is set for April of 2011.
Though distance kept Should from continuing on their joint musical production for some time, that didn’t cause Marc Ostermeier to bury his ax. Marc has 2 solo Ambient/Experimental releases under his belt which allowed him to explore new musical territory from the more Dream induced Shoegaze as what we are familiar with from Should. Chance Reconstruction and Lakefront can be found on iTunes and at the Should Shop on the Minneapolis based Words On Music Records label website, along with Should’s other fine releases.
All one has to do is listen to Should’s new tracks, “Glass House” and “Turned Tables” to hear that nothing was lost over time. Should sound as dreamy as ever and, in fact, display a maturation in sound that will put any self-respecting Shoegazer into the most dream induced of states.
For the time being, Should have been kind enough to allow us to share and download 2 very promising tracks from their new release, Like A Fire Without Sound, due out in April of 2011 on the Words On Music label.