1. Need Vibrissae 4:27

Shoegaze electronic crossover trio Vibrissae have signed to Italian label Vipchoyo Sound Factory to release their debut LP ‘Somewhere Away’. In advance of the album’s release, they are releasing their first reverb-filled driven single ‘Need’.

Formed and are based in Portland, Oregon, the same city that produced The Dandy Warhols, The Decemberists, Modest Mouse, The Prids, Quarterflash and Elliott Smith, the three members of Vibrissae hail from different continents.

Vocalist Imber Lingard comes from Australia, Emma Bell was born in Malaysia, and Aaron Bell is native to the USA. The trio found common ground in their shared love of shoegaze, electronic music, and modern rock, and especially any crossover fusions thereof. Vibrissae’s debut output is the result of over three years of rehearsal and recording.

Their music crosses over multiple genres, combining and alternating elements from electronic rock, synth pop, dark wave and shoegaze.

The first single “Need” is an electrifying post-punk number with a darker atmosphere, underlined by a frenzied feeling of urgency. Guitar distortion erupts at the start of the track, transitioning into a warped guitar chime with remarkable percussion penetrating in the calm before the storm. Lingard delivers a stunning sing-talk, building up to what is a hypnotic chorus.

This album was mainly recorded at their home studio with some vocals tracked at Jackpot! Recording Studio in Portland, a testament to Vibrissae’s DIY aesthetic. The band also mixed their own tracks and created their own artwork, with mastering performed by Alan Douches.

Vibrissae performs next on July 29 at the Seagaze Festival at Seattle, along with LSD and the Search for God, C’est la Mort, Erik Blood, Tender Age, Spirit Host, God and Vanilla, and Toxic Slime. Held at the Lo-Fi Performance Gallery, the festival showcases an assortment of shoegaze, post punk, and psych rock. Passes for the festival, which runs from July 28-31, can be obtained at Stranger Tickets.


  1. Whiskers
  2. Never Again
  3. Incident Report
  4. Bulan
  5. Not Forever
  6. Crooked Stripe
  7. Crooked Smile
  8. Need
  9. Somewhere Away

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July,29,Seattle,WA,Seagaze Festival – The Lo-Fi Performance Gallery,with LSD and the Search for God / C’est la Mort / Erik Blood / Tender Age / Spirit Host,
August,3,Portland,OR,The Lovecraft Bar,with Kite,
August,27,Portland,OR,The Analog Cafe & Theater,with After Nations / Oceanside Static / Light Creates Shadow,
October,7,Portland,OR, at The Steep and Thorny Way to Heaven,presented by Brickbat Mansion,