Slowdive have reunited to play Primavera Sound in May 2014.
The original line-up – comprising of Neil Halstead, Rachel Goswell, Christian Savill, Simon Scott and Nick Chaplin – will perform at the Barcelona festival on Friday, May 30 on a bill that includes Pixies, The National and Slint.
Announcing their return, the ’90s shoegaze group simply tweeted:
Slowdive are back. http://t.co/uiMRU1d3bb
— Slowdive (@slowdiveband) January 28, 2014
In an interview with the Quietus, Halstead spoke about the thrill of reforming the band, and hinted at the possibility of recording some new material. “I’m super excited. We had our first rehearsal last week, which was fun. We were surprisingly good. Quite a few of the songs came back quickly,” he admitted.
He added: “The initial impetus was the idea of doing some new music. It seemed easier to do that because it’s not so public. But then we thought it would be good if we could raise a bit of money to make the record, and doing a couple of gigs would enable us to do that. And that’s the way it shaped up – while we’re rehearsing we can see if we’ve got another record in us.”
Slowdive released their debut album ‘Just For A Day’ in 1991, with ‘Souvlaki’ coming two years later in 1993. Following the release of their acclaimed third album, ‘Pygmalion’, in 1995, Halstead and Goswell, along with drummer Ian McCutcheon, went on to form Mojave 3.