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Slowdive reunite, confirm London show

By | Published on Thursday 30 January 2014


1990s noise-pop longhairs Slowdive have, with minimal hoo-hah, confirmed their first shows in 20 years. They will, as fans might’ve noticed, play this year’s Primavera festival in Spain on 30 May, and one other date at London’s Village Underground on 19 May.

All five Slowdive originals – Neil Halstead, Rachel Goswell, Christian Savill, Simon Scott and Nick Chaplin – are involved, and they have said that the gigs are designed to finance the release of a brand new LP, the band’s first non-compilation since 1995’s ‘Pygmalion’.

Speaking to The Quietus this week, Halstead explained: “The initial impetus was the idea of doing some new music. It seemed easier to do that because it’s not so public. But then we thought it would be good if we could raise a bit of money to make the record, and doing a couple of gigs would enable us to do that. And that’s the way it shaped up – while we’re rehearsing we can see if we’ve got another record in us”.

He added: “We want it to be fun for us, but we also want the people who are into Slowdive to come and see the band and enjoy it for what it is. I’m not interested in any critical reappraisal. I meet a lot of kids who got into the records after we split up and they say, ‘I’d love to have got the chance to see Slowdive play live’. So for them, this is a nice opportunity and I hope they come out and enjoy it”.

Read the entire Quietus interview here.