Posted in music | tour dates on January 29, 2014

by Bill Pearis

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The big news with yesterday's Primavera Sound 2014 line-up announcement (for me at least) was the return of shoegaze vets Slowdive. The band broke up 1995 right after the release of their third album, Pygmalion, and there have been rumors floating around for some time, fueled last fall by Rachel Goswell performing a few Slowdive songs acoustically with Neil Halstead in London. When an official Slowdive twitter account appeared a few weeks ago, reunion speculation went into overdrive. And here we are.

The Quietus just published a feature, interviewing both Hallstead and Goswell (who continued after Slowdive as Mojave 3) about the reunion and what's to come. The band decided to reform last summer and have been quietly putting pieces in place since, and had their first practice a couple weeks ago. "We were surprisingly good," says Hallstead. "Quite a few of the songs came back quickly."

As for what to expect, Halstead says, "We will definitely be playing some stuff from Pygmalion, as we never got to play that record live before. I think the live set will be a pretty fair reflection of our career and our hits - or not hits as they were." Goswell adds, "We were young and naive; we had terrible management and a terrible accountant who ended up in prison. The business side of it was a complete mess. But this time round we're 20 years older and we want it to be fun and to enjoy it."

The revelation in this feature is that proceeds from the reunion shows will go towards funding a potential new album. "I hope we can do it," says Goswell. "I think it will be a bit of a slowburner, but the potential is there."

The only other show Slowdive have currently on deck is an ATP-presented gig at London's Village Underground on May 19. But expect more. And hopefully some in North America, too.

With an ethereal vibe more akin to Cocteau Twins, Slowdive never had the popularity of My Bloody Valentine or even Ride -- they were mostly hated by the UK music press at the time -- but their albums and EPs have held up remarkably well and have grown in reputation. You can listen to their three albums at Rdio and stream a few choice cuts below...

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Slowdive EP

Slowdive - Morningrise

Slowdive - She Calls

slowdive - catch the breeze

Slowdive - Allison

Slowdive - When the Sun Hits

Slowdive - Machine Gun

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Tags: Slowdive

Comments (59)

bill, we like the same bands but come on, slowdive live will be a boring show.

Posted by Anonymous | January 29, 2014 12:46 PM

they werent as big as MBV or RIDE because they didn't have the songs. "alison" was the closest they got

Posted by Anonymous | January 29, 2014 12:49 PM

They are better than mbv or ride.

Posted by Anonymous | January 29, 2014 12:52 PM

i never got to see them back in the day. but yes it will definitely be a bliss-out type thing. i like their albums more now than i did back then too.

that said Pale Saints probably mean the most to me of all those bands.

Posted by bill p | January 29, 2014 12:53 PM

Souvlaki Space Station!

Posted by Anonymous | January 29, 2014 1:11 PM

ride > charlatans > mbv > slowdive

Posted by Anonymous | January 29, 2014 1:16 PM

I hope they play T5!

Posted by Anonymous | January 29, 2014 1:17 PM

afghan whigs > all the bands 1:16 mentioned

Posted by Anonymous | January 29, 2014 1:29 PM

1:29 - Afghan Whigs have absolutely nothing to do with the sound or genre of the bands that 1:16 mentioned.

Posted by Anonymous | January 29, 2014 1:38 PM

I saw the Slowdive/Catherine Wheel tour. Also the Ride/Lush tour. If you're into 'em, Slowdive held up live but keep in mind as far as the live show goes, they didn't call it shoegaze for nuthin.

Posted by Anonymous | January 29, 2014 1:40 PM

spin docs > all the bands 1:16 mentioned + afghan whigs

Posted by Anonymous | January 29, 2014 1:48 PM

You guys just want to Slowdive into the chick singer's pussy.

Posted by Anonymous | January 29, 2014 2:00 PM

slowdive....take it easy

Posted by Anonymous | January 29, 2014 2:03 PM

Anyone saying that Ride or Slowdive are better than MBV needs to check themselves thoroughly. Tho I am looking forward to seeing Slowdive live.

Bill P., early Pale Saints were awesome and completely underrated. They should look into reuniting if they're so inclined.

Posted by Anonymous | January 29, 2014 2:10 PM

^ Sorry, but Slowdive>Ride>MBV. Fucking deal with it.

Posted by Anonymous | January 29, 2014 2:14 PM

All those bands sound the same. Slowdive has a more musically indistinguishable wall of reverb and volume swell sounds than the others.

Posted by Anonymous | January 29, 2014 2:20 PM

slowdive = ride = lush. Like them all, but neither one blows any of the other two out of the water in my book.

Would definitely be up for a Slowdive concert.

Posted by Anonymous | January 29, 2014 2:26 PM

"Cash rules everything around me!"

Posted by Anonymous | January 29, 2014 2:26 PM

Slowdive > Lush > Ride > Catherine Wheel > Velocity Girl > MBV

Posted by Anonymous | January 29, 2014 2:29 PM

Jesu > Slowdive > Lush > Ride > Catherine Wheel > Hammock > Galaxie 500 > Velocity Girl > MBV

Posted by Anonymous | January 29, 2014 2:33 PM

2:26 - yes, Slowdive=Ride=Lush. None of them had the sonic and songwriting finesse of MBV.

Posted by Anonymous | January 29, 2014 2:33 PM

2:10/2:20/2:26/2:33*

*(all the same guy)

Posted by Anonymous | January 29, 2014 2:36 PM

in regard to Ride, Nowhere was a great album, but Carnival of Light was so bad it killed them.

Posted by Anonymous | January 29, 2014 3:02 PM

None of these acts touch MBV. That's a laugh. Regardless, hope Slowdive make it to the area. Great band.

Posted by Anonymous | January 29, 2014 3:05 PM

@2:36 - and that guy is Wayne Newton.

Posted by Anonymous | January 29, 2014 3:13 PM

I agree that Jesu trumps all those other shoegazers, but that's 'cause they don't do shoegaze.

Also, I agree that I want Rachel Goswell, badly.

Posted by Anonymous | January 29, 2014 3:15 PM

don't understand how slowdive reunion can get them in such large venues but when swervedriver play, they can barely get anyone to their show at bowery.

Posted by Anonymous | January 29, 2014 3:27 PM

You guys know she's like 48 now, right?

Posted by Anonymous | January 29, 2014 3:30 PM

She's 42, and still hot.

Posted by Anonymous | January 29, 2014 3:35 PM

Maybe her ass is still tight.

Posted by Anonymous | January 29, 2014 3:35 PM

we are all getting older every day folks, and all a day closer to death. are you ready?

have a great week!

Posted by Anonymous | January 29, 2014 3:49 PM

Slow Ride > Slowdive > Sleighrides > Slayer

Posted by Anonymous | January 29, 2014 4:07 PM

Funny how people these days are using "shoegaze" as a musical sub genre. It was originally coined as a derogatory term by the British music press.

Posted by Anonymous | January 29, 2014 4:09 PM

^ the press almost always coined the names of genres and sub genres, and often to make a derogatory point. shoegaze has been in use since the 90s, and is generally accepted into the vernacular at this point. i'm not sure i see the point of your point.

Posted by Anonymous | January 29, 2014 4:24 PM

Lush was one of the best, then they came out with that horrid "Lady Killers" song and imploded in shame.

Posted by Anonymous | January 29, 2014 4:32 PM

I bet your ass is tight, 3:35.

Posted by Anonymous | January 29, 2014 4:33 PM

4:24's Jimmies are RUSTLED!

Posted by Anonymous | January 29, 2014 4:37 PM

Why, 4:33, you interested?

Posted by Anonymous | January 29, 2014 4:46 PM

It's all about rustled Jimmies in these comment sections, son. If it keeps them off the street, it's prob for the best.

Posted by Anonymous | January 29, 2014 4:56 PM

SWERVEDRIVER >>>>>> EVER OTHER BAND FROM THAT ERA.

Posted by Anonymous | January 29, 2014 4:58 PM

I remember the lady killer song, I remember it being on the radio as my mom drove me to a little league game

Posted by Anonymous | January 29, 2014 5:01 PM

second 3:35 comment wins

Posted by Anonymous | January 29, 2014 5:15 PM

That Lady Killer video made me ashamed to be a girl.

Posted by Anonymous | January 29, 2014 5:31 PM

Fact: Cocteau twin were the best dream pop shoe gaze

Posted by Anonymous | January 29, 2014 5:48 PM

Comparing all these shoegaze bands is a completely useless endeavor. Can't we just all agree that they're better than any of the current bands ripping them off? I for one am stoked to see Slowdive! Just hoping they pick a better venue than T5.

Posted by Anonymous | January 29, 2014 5:57 PM

T5 with all the echo it produces will be perfect

Posted by Anonymous | January 29, 2014 6:17 PM

Ladykillers is the single best shoegaze/dreampop song ever recorded. HATERZ B DAMNED:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jSgYHzACvMI

Posted by Yoko | January 29, 2014 6:43 PM

AR Kane needs to be brought into this discussion. Their "69" album changed the dream/ocean rock game yet remains criminally overlooked.

Posted by Anonymous | January 29, 2014 7:56 PM

Ride was more interesting than Slowdive.

Posted by Anonymous | January 29, 2014 7:58 PM

How about the American response to the UK shoegaze bands like Revolver, Drop Nineteens and Majesty Crush.

Posted by Anonymous | January 29, 2014 8:01 PM

i like Ladykillers but that was Lush throwing their hat into the Britpop ring. They were gunning for Elastica and Sleeper, nothing shoegaze about it.

Posted by Anonymous | January 29, 2014 8:07 PM

7:56 - yep, AR Kane is AMAZING! They totally took me to another place.

Anyway, can't wait for my copy of Beautiful Noise.

Posted by Anonymous | January 29, 2014 8:35 PM

8:35
you should have stayed there

Posted by Anonymous | January 29, 2014 8:49 PM

Get some sleep, Pam. You look tired.

dreeeeeeeeeeeeee!

dreeeeeeeeeeeeee!

dreeeeeeeeeeeeee!

Posted by Anonymous | January 29, 2014 9:05 PM

8:49 is Britpop fan

Posted by Anonymous | January 29, 2014 9:13 PM

"With an ethereal vibe more akin to Cocteau Twins, Slowdive never had the popularity of My Bloody Valentine or even Ride" FOR GOOD REASON! THEY ARE SNOOZEWORTHY!

Posted by Anonymous | January 30, 2014 3:00 AM

The height of rock music. It doesn't get better than this.

Posted by Gunther | February 18, 2014 3:41 AM

I am very happy to have been very involved with this scene from the early 90's, with all the rage of music at that time, this was the genre you could live inside of comfortably, thx to Slowdive, Ride, Lush, Stone Roses, Chapterhouse, House of Love...Wendys...

Posted by Corey | November 3, 2014 3:34 PM

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