Slowdive

What was the point at which band reunions ceased to be utter embarrassments and started to yield viable, attention-worthy results? The Pixies, maybe? Off the top of my head I can name at least half a dozen recent-ish reunions that have been genuinely excellent: Blur, Dinosaur Jr., My Bloody Valentine, Slint, Afghan Whigs, Pulp, At The Gates, Archers Of Loaf … Sure, all these dudes are probably back stage ignoring one another and humming under their breath, “We got the money …,” but when they’re on stage, at least, the products have been excellent.

There aren’t too many un-reunited bands who’d benefit more from a reunion than ’90s shoegaze gods Slowdive, whose trio of albums — ’91′s Just For A Day, ’93′s Souvlaki, and ’95′s Pygmalion — are literally flawless and absolutely essential across the board. The band were kind of considered second-tier MBV during their time on this Earth, but history has shown that the two bands were much closer to artistic equals. (Some of us might even prefer Slowdive. Just sayin’!)

Slowdive frontman Neil Halstead has brushed off the possibilities of a reunion in the past, but now? He’s into it! Halstead told MTV Hive: “There’s a chance that we’ll get back together … It’s definitely possible at some point.” He also said, “No one [in Slowdive] has ever really said, ’I never want to do it.’” (Well, maybe not in those exact words, but back in 2008, Halstead himself said, “I just can’t really see the point. It just doesn’t appeal to me. I don’t think it’s something I would want to do.”)

When asked what it would take to get the band back together, Halstead replied, “Just shitloads of money.” (Your move, Billy Corgan!) Halstead continues: “It’s crazy how in vogue it is for bands to get back together these days. It’s almost like you’re not allowed not to get back together. So, I’m sure that we will get back together — because we won’t be allowed not to.”

Cut through the subterfuge and disclaimers and misdirects, and what are you left with? Neil Halstead saying of Slowdive, “We will get back together.” There’s your takeaway. I’ll be there.

Comments (11)
  1. I would kill or die for a Slowdive reunion. Kill. Or Die.

  2. This is a nice contrast to the usual “Frankly I would kill the other band members were it not for the restraining order.”

  3. This is the one I’ve always waited for… for better and for worse, the band that has pretty much been the cornerstone for all this dumb shoegaze resurgence of the past few years. But still the best. I prefer them to MBV, myself.
    And that aside, they never really made any money or got any credit while they were together; now’s the perfect time cuz their influence has never been bigger. In short, they will cash out BIG TIME. and good for them, they deserve it.

  4. I don’t even care if it’s for the money and yields nothing but uninvolved live sets of old material.

    I want this to happen so much.

  5. Mojave 3 I think are underrated. Souvlaki is really good, but is a little trebly for me (I know that was their sound). This would be cool. And how much money would this really be, and why wouldn’t these guys deserve it anyway? Take the bucks, there just really isn’t a chance that it won’t be good.

    • I think their output was uneven, but I would place Excuses For Travellers along with those three Slowdive albums in the realm of the perfect, flawless.

  6. YES! YES! PLEASE!

  7. I was literally just thinking about how awesome this would be when I zoned out in math class today

    THIS WOULD BE SO AWESOME
    ok done

  8. I think it would be fantastic! Screw Corgan and his Guns N’ Roses version of the Pumpkins. A lot of these bands that are getting back together never got their due(or money). So good on them.

    • I agree, Slowdive were massively unlucky in their timing, between the Grunge explosion and Britpop slowly crawling it’s way up they never really got the respect they deserved back in the day.

  9. Yesss please… reunite! Need to see them live x

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