Shoegaze showers like warm healing wax, purple light and flamingo colours, water waves glare on the screen and on their faces recalling metaphors of elements and dreamy futures. Slow motion falls into looping alt rock grooves and breathy vocals. Vancouver was delighted to see the release show of a new Slowdive album, the first date of the North American tour starting October 23rd at the iconic Commodore Ballroom. Twenty two years later the shoegaze legends return with a piece that evokes and illustrates their song craftiness and their ability to transport the audience to a specific mood and time. They are a band that not only was huge in teenage years, love stories, rebellious minimalism, summer feels and tears but also pioneered the gentle lust and polished dreamy sound. Their Vancouver show was a great way to travel into a sky touching vortex of acquired experience and defined atmospheric goal on their part, some would say, "a trip down memory lane". They've grown, so have we, and that process shows and connects with the audience once again at a different time, twenty two years later. "Dead Oceans", brings back memories yes but mostly keeps us present with a precise reminder of who we were and who we are now, the band and ourselves “When you’re in a band and you do three records, there’s a continuous flow and a development. For us, that flow re-started with us playing live again and that has continued into the record,” notes principal songwriter Neil Halstead. It was a showcase of their production capability in a comfortable array, the narrative almost surreal.
Slowdive is Neil Halstead (vocals, guitar, keyboards), Christian Savill (guitar), Nick Chaplin (bass), Rachel Goswell (vocals) and Simon Scott (drums, electronics). Their debut album, Just For A Day, was released in 1991 by Creation Records and was followed by the band’s now revered 1993 album Souvlaki and 1995’s Pygmalion before they disbanded. In the 22 years of their virtual disappearance, compilation albums have been released and the core members of the group have gone on to join other musical endeavours. In 2014, the band announced that they’d reunited and more new music would follow.