With today’s announcement of Primavera Sound’s 2014 lineup, Slowdive’s long-rumored reunion finally became official. Now, in a new interview with The Quietus, founding members Neil Halstead and Rachel Goswell offer up some details on what we can expect from the band in 2014, namely lots of gigging and the possibility of new music.
Halstead revealed that the initial impetus “was the idea of doing some new music.” He added, “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.”
Though Halstead said the reunion is more for the fans than “any critical reappraisal,” he also stressed the band’s artistic goals. “It’s more about the people who are into it and like the records rather than proving anything to anyone. We’re not getting paid enough for there to be any real financial incentive for doing it. But there are loads of artistic reasons, especially if we can get a new record together.”
Meanwhile, Goswell said of the band’s setlists, “We’ve discussed what songs we’re going to play – all the old favourites and a couple of different ones. We’re going for the epic.”
As of now, Slowdive’s only confirmed date is at Primavera Sound, though additional performances will be announced soon. Update: They’ve just announced a date at London’s Village Underground for May 19th.