As if the news of My Bloody Valentine reforming to release a new album and take it on tour to every major city in the world wasn’t enough to instigate a wet patch on every shoegaze fan’s crotch. This year, the younger sibling of shoegaze has done the very same. Slowdive have announced their return from silence with a performance at Primavera Sound on May 30th 2014. Allegedly intended as a one off gig marking 20 years past since their final performance in May of 1994, Slowdive have followed up this massive announcement with a London show at Village Underground, one week before they jet off to Spain. Naturally, tickets sold out in a matter of minutes.
To keep us all interested during the build up to these huge come-back gigs, Slowdive have made an exclusive ‘Slowdaze’ mix for Dazed. There’s more than an hours worth of melancholic and moody shoegaze-tinged tracks that span the decades and genres, jumping from Boards Of Canada to The Drums, then back to Mogwai via Sigur Ros.
Following an official statement from the band on their website, there’s not a great deal of members that have continued to ‘gaze since they all parted ways in the mid 90’s. Having to quite literally re-learn how to play their instruments the way they used to will surely make for an unmissable live show.
With Slowdive’s retrospective step back into the world of shoegaze, is a Pygmalion follow-up album on the horizon for 2014? Let’s hope so.