The dream pop/shoegazer school of alternative pop/rock reached its commercial and artistic peak in the '90s, but noteworthy shoegazer bands continued to emerge in the 21st century -- and one of them was Engineers (not to be confused with Engineer, a brutal Syracuse, NY-based death metal combo that has recorded for the Metal Blade imprint Black Market Activities). Formed in London, England in May 2003, Engineers have been quite loyal to the dream pop/shoegazer aesthetic of the late '80s and early to mid-'90s; they favor a hazy, ethereal, atmospheric type of sound and have demonstrated that they would rather float than rock. Engineers' direct or indirect influences have included, among others, the Cocteau Twins, Spiritualized, My Bloody Valentine, Slowdive, Ride, and early Lush (that is, the albums that Lush provided before their 1995 recording Lovelife, which found them abandoning shoegazer music in favor of a tougher, edgier, more rockin' and energetic power pop approach). But not all of Engineers' influences are dream pop/shoegazer bands; they have pre-alternative influences as well, including Pink Floyd. And some of Engineers' admirers have pointed out that there are hints of the Beach Boys' harmonies in their work. Engineers have claimed the late soul icon Curtis Mayfield as an influence, although their material isn't overtly R&B-minded.