Slint guitarist David Pajo says depression ‘should not be taboo’ following suicide attempt

The musician has also played with the likes of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs and Interpol

Slint guitarist David Pajo has spoken for the first time following his suicide bid last month.

The musician was taken from his New Jersey home by emergency services to a local hospital following an unsuccessful suicide attempt in February. Pajo later posted a picture on Instagram of himself in his hospital bed, assuring fans that he was recovering.

A message posted on his official Facebook page later read: “There will be things said about our friend David in the press these coming days and he’ll need our love and support. Feel free to comment here. Thank you.”

Now, Pajo has given an interview to The Thin Air in which he discusses the matter.

Pajo is quoted as saying: “Honestly, there was such a massive outpouring of love and support by making my heart public that there was no way to avoid being empowered by it all. My family drew me in tighter than we’ve ever been. Thousands of emails and messages from friends and strangers came flooding in immediately.”

He continues: “I believe depression and suicide should not be taboo. The media often talks about cancer, AIDS, and other terminal illnesses but depression and suicide rarely get any attention unless it’s unusual or a celebrity. We don’t talk about it amongst friends – we think it’s too morbid. But I’ve known more people who have died from suicide than any other illness. In my world, it’s a bigger problem than cancer. Yet it’s never talked about.”

Pajo also says that he is looking forward to touring with “a good band” again, adding: “The urge to write is slowly coming back, but only in terms of ideas in my head. I know all this intense emotion will fuel my music in the future, but I’m not rushing anything. I’m letting it unfold naturally, at its own pace.”

As well as playing with Slint, the prolific Pajo has performed with Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Interpol, Tortoise, Stereolab and Zwan, as well as Bonnie “Prince” Billy and Royal Trux, releasing solo records under a range of aliases, including Pajo, Papa M, Aerial M, and M.