Newport Music Hall — Columbus, OH
Tuesday, November 7, 2017; Doors open at 7:00 PM
$25.00 In Advance / $27.00 Day of Show
General Admission — All Ages
Commonly identified as shoegaze, Slowdive nonetheless exhibited a broader set of inspirations — one that spanned four decades, including folk-rock, dub, and ambient techno — than the majority of their '90s contemporaries. The band's distinctive sound continually evolved from their late-'80s start through 1995, when they closed out their first phase with a misunderstood ambient album that shed nearly all rock convention. Two decades later, while most of the members remained involved with individual pursuits, the band was reactivated for touring and recorded again.
Formed in Reading, England in late 1989, Slowdive originally consisted of Nick Chaplin (bass), Rachel Goswell (guitar, vocals), Neil Halstead (guitar, vocals), Christian Savill (guitar), and Adrian Sell (drums). Within less than a year, Slowdive signed to Alan McGee's Creation label and released their debut, a self-titled EP of demos. «Slowdive» itself was named Single of the Week by Melody Maker. Just for a Day, Slowdive's debut album, was released in September 1991. Though it placed in the Top Ten of the indie chart and climbed to number 32 on the pop chart, the U.K. press was not as supportive as it had been in the past. Months later, the Blue Day compilation appeared on the racks. The band's sound developed significantly for Souvlaki (titled in reference to a favorite skit by telephone pranksters the Jerky Boys), released in June 1993. When the U.S. edition of Souvlaki did arrive, eight months after its original U.K. release, it added four bonus tracks, including three-quarters of the 5 EP.
The band's third studio album was released in 1995. Pygmalion was essentially a solo ambient recording by Halstead with guest vocals from Goswell and occasional percussion from Ian McCutcheon (ex-Mermaids), though all five members were listed in the liners. In 2014, Chaplin, Goswell, Halstead, Savill, and Scott — most of whom had remained active with numerous bands and solo activities — resumed as Slowdive to play festivals and tour on multiple continents. The quintet eventually made a fourth album, Slowdive, released on Secretly Canadian sublabel Dead Oceans in May 2017.
Official Website: slowdiveofficial.com
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