Atmospheric shoegaze rock...

Engineers are not like any other band. Onstage Simon Phipps is the singer, Dan Macbean is the guitarist, Mark Peters is the bassist and Sweeney is the drummer, but the real clue is in their name: they approach their music like engineers, carefully constructing wonderful walls of sound. Following the rapturous reception that greeted their mini-album ‘Folly’ in 2004 and debut ‘Engineers’ the following year, it’s taken them a long time to build the epic that is album two ‘Three Fact Fader’ (released July 2009). After initial recording sessions with producer Ken Thomas (M83, Maps), Engineers became unwitting victims of record company restructuring and the album was left in limbo, unfinished until the band reconvened earlier this year, largely motivated by public support. “We seem to appeal to people in a really deep way – people tell us our music has helped them through intense times in their lives,” explains Mark Peters. “This is why it was so important to get the album released, it means so much more than the peripheral aspects of releasing records.” It’s not just lyrically that Engineers have a deep emotional resonance; the music itself has an overwhelming sense of purity and beauty that you can completely immerse yourself in. It was this tendency towards epic soundscapes that saw Engineers lumped in with the nascent shoegaze revival when they first appeared; now that the scene that celebrates itself has gone overground with the reformation of My Bloody Valentine and high-profile compilations from Rob Da Bank and revivalist label Sonic Cathedral, it seems as if Engineers have timed their return perfectly. “It pleases me to see shoegaze finally being accepted as a genre rather than something to poke fun at,” says Mark. “I do see links with our music, some of which are intentional and some of which aren’t, but there’s a lot more besides. The best music taps into the enigma of the human condition and thinking too much about trivialities such as genres tends to put the mockers on creativity.” MySpace


Simon Phipps, Mark Peters, Dan Macbean, Sweeney


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