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No Crying Game

Whirlaway wants to let go of the shoegaze label

Before taking the stage under a swirl of lights that night, the bandmates sat at a plastic table next to the tiny parking lot outside the pub and debated their brand of spaced-out Converse contemplation. They half-jokingly defended their sound against pigeonholing, pointing out they are not trying to emulate the shoegaze of yesteryear. "We don't sit there and cry," said Copeletti, leaning against the front of a car. "We like to get drunk and be rowdy."

"We're more “sleaze-gaze' than anything else," agreed Rosenberg.

"I'm kind of sick of that word," Copeletti complained about the shoegaze tag. "Now it's becoming a buzzword when you read articles in magazines about metal bands labeled shoegaze. They got words like punk shoegaze, avant-shoegaze, hip-hop/metal shoegaze." He blew a raspberry with his tongue and concluded: "Whatever the hell that means."

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"As far as we're all concerned," offered Rosenberg, "we're a rock band."

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