This January, after 22 years, Slowdive returned with “Star Roving” – their first new material since 1995’s Pygmalion. The song perfectly embodied the effortlessness for which the band is known – expanding and contracting in ways that feel infinite. It reminded us what a brilliant band we’d been missing.
The band released their debut album, Just For A Day, in 1991 on Creation Records. They followed that with the majestic Souvlaki. It was shoegaze but it was also something more: there was a beauty and depth to their layers of fuzzy, distorted guitar, and the way the band used texture and tone was something new. And the chemistry between Rachel Goswell and Neil Halstead, Slowdive’s dual vocalists, made their magic undeniable.
More than 20 years on and their legacy is undisputed. They’ve inspired entire tribute albums, films and their accompanying scores, have influenced countless bands and even been sampled by Lil B. Their unexpected return to play live was one of the best surprises we’ve had and we’re thrilled their joining us at Larmer Tree Gardens.