Comeback. It means more than just releasing new material, which is what seems to be on so many people’s minds at the moment for Slowdive. Aside from touring, which they have yet said if they are doing but, you can catch them on May 19 at The Village Underground, London, and Primavera Sound in Spain.
Slowdive, began its path to becoming one of Britain’s greatest Shoegaze/music groups in Reading, England, UK. Fronted by Neil Halstead and Rachel Goswell, the group was the culmination of Spanish/Bright melodies mixed with Lush-Ride harmonics, and a wide variety of ambient, ethereal effects.
Their careers began in 1989, a year that gave a lot of insight into what the 1990s would bring from the British music scene. A broad spectrum of Shoegazers, a surfeit number of house/electronic artists, and a numerous amount of Britpopers, since The Beatles and Stone, were housed in this small island of innovation and retrospection.
A small group, who called themselves Shoegazers, paved the path for a new era of innovation. It began in the year 1983 with a band called My Bloody Valentine, and again in 1991 with various bands of the like who would capture a scene, capture a specific aesthetic, perfect it, then dismantle the entirety of it and make it theirs.
Slowdive would go on to create three of the most influential and sonically diverse Shoegaze albums during the genres most pinnacle height in popularity.
If you know any modern Shoegaze band, its roots lie with JAMC, MBV, and/or Slowdive. The pivotal forefathers of a genre forgotten have been thrown back into this world.
Slowdive is more than just a band. It was a starting point, an artistic expression, and more than just that, an inspiration to millions of teenagers who would later form bands such as Weekend, TOY, and Spectral Park.
This comeback means a great deal to the world of music and its inhabitants. This will open innovation and broaden the minds of so many individuals, who’ve only heard them on record.
With Slowdive touring and MBV having released a new album, while Captured Tracks is reissuing an archive of Shoegaze records, we will see the world of music once again be turned upside down by a scene in between.
Slowdive is back, the prodigal sons and daughter have returned.
by Nicholas Hodges