"I'm afraid Neil's not having the best time," Rachel Goswell admitted about halfway through Slowdive's set at Brooklyn Steel on Monday night (5/8). "Oh I'm all right," replied Neil Halstead, but added that one of his pedals wasn't working properly, which had caused a couple false starts and a few odd pops earlier in the set. Despite the technical difficulties, Slowdive still sounded grand at their first NYC show in two years, and first since releasing brand new album (their first since 1995).

That new album is just about up there with Souvlaki as the best thing Slowdive has ever done, which had its selections fitting in seamlessly with classics like "Alison," "Avalyn" "Souvlaki Space Station" and "Catch the Breeze." (The setlist was the same as Chicago last week, Syd Barrett cover included.) Between the massive waves of guitar, the smoke machines, strobes and trippy projections, it made for a pretty immersive experience. All in all, a terrific show.

Openers Japanese Breakfast seemed very happy to be there, as leader Michelle Zauner enthused a few times over the course of their entertaining set. She was also excited to have their new album out soon, and brought out Landlady's Adam Schatz to play some sweet '80s-style sax on current single "Machinist."

After the show, things moved to Bushwick's El Cortez for the official afterparty where, as you'd expect, Mac DeMarco sang Billy Joel.

You can check out pictures of Slowdive and Japanese Breakfast from Monday night's show in the gallery above, and the setlist and a few videos from the show are below. Both bands do it again tonight at Brooklyn Steel, which wraps up their short tour.

Earlier today, Slowdive played a short set filmed for Pitchfork and you can watch the archive of that below.

SETLIST: Slowdive @ Brooklyn Steel 5/8/2017
Slomo
Catch the Breeze
Crazy for You
Star Roving
Machine Gun
Souvlaki Space Station
Avalyn
When the Sun Hits
Alison
Dagger
Sugar for the Pill
She Calls
Golden Hair (Syd Barrett cover)

Encore:
Slowdive
No Longer Making Time
40 Days

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photos by Dana Distortion