After a long 22 years, shoegaze band, Slowdive have returned with a stellar track, ‘Star Roving’. For those unfamiliar with Slowdive, they’re a band from Reading, England that started in the late ’80s, as the shoegazing genre was being established. Following the success of other shoegaze bands such as My Bloody Valentine, Slowdive released three albums between 1991 and 1995. Right after they released their debut album, Just For A Day (1991), shoegaze bands across the UK started losing popularity to the emerging Britpop movement and thus remained secluded from mainstream success. The lack of popular interest did not stop Slowdive from releasing two more albums. Their sophomore album, Souvlaki (1993), went down as one of the best and most influential shoegaze albums of all time. Over the 5 years, Slowdive released music, their sound evolved from typical shoegaze dreamy vocals, heavy guitar progressions and wall-of-sound intensity to more a more sparse and ambient rock sound prevalent on their third album Pygmalion (1995). After a long wait, Slowdive has released ‘Star Roving’, check it out below:
Star Roving brings a whole new side to Slowdive, while not straying too far from their roots. It’s positively radiant with a sort of renewed energy. The loud mixture of guitar distortion, feedback and drowned out vocals bring the sounds of early shoegaze music back to life. This track, more than their previous releases has a more uplifting and invigorating touch that is certainly welcome.
It looks like we can get excited for more music to come, Slowdive commented on the topic of this release,
“We really hope folks enjoy it, it’s part of a bunch of new tracks we’ve been working on and it feels as fun, and as relevant playing together now as it did when we first started.” tweet
Slowdive consists of Rachel Goswell on vocals and guitar, Neil Halstead on vocals and guitar, Nick Chaplin on bass guitar, Christian Savill on guitar and Simon Scott on drums.
If you are craving more Slowdive, check out one of the standout tracks from the critically acclaimed album Souvlaki, ‘Allison’:
If you reside or will be visiting London, England this June, then try and check out Field Day Festival because Slowdive recently announced they will be playing there alongside many great acts!
Slowdive has also just announced a small US/Canada tour starting May 2 accompanied by the lovely Michelle Zauner, also known from her band alias, Japanese Breakfast. Check out the full tour dates below.
Slowdive Tour Dates:
May 2nd – Palace Theatre, St. Paul. Minnesota
May 3rd – The Vic, Chicago, Illinois
May 5th – Danforth Music Hall, Toronto, Canada
May 7th – 9:30 Club, Washington, DC
May 8th – Brooklyn Steel, Brooklyn, New York