Slowdive reunites for first show in 20 years: full setlist + video


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    Reunited shoegaze outfit Slowdive hit the stage for the first time in 20 years at London’s Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen on Sunday night. The Neal Halstead-led outfit was originally set to make their live comeback show at London’s Village Underground on Monday night, but appeared as surprise headliners for a gig celebrating the 10th birthday of shoegaze label Sonic Cathedral.

    The band performed a 13-song set comprised heavily of cuts from their first two albums, 1991’s Just for a Day and 1993’s Souvlaki, as well as the live debut of “Crazy For You” and “Blue Skied an’ Clear” from their third and final album, 1995’s Pygmalion. They also performed their cover of Syd Barrett’s “Golden Hair” live for the first time. Check out the full setlist and a few fan-shot videos below.

    The Null Device has a short live review of their gig:

    Finally, after a few roadies placed the boards of guitar pedals on the stage, Slowdive went on, and started their set with their eponymous song, which was followed up Avalyn. Most of the set was comprised of songs from their EPs and Souvlaki, with one track (Catch The Breeze) from their debut album and two (Blue Skied An’ Clear and Crazy For You) from Pygmalion. Their take on Crazy For You was one of the big surprises of the set; the original is a languid, evanescent number, drifting in and out as if made of gossamer. Their live version was a faster and more intense version, propelled by waves of processed guitars and driving percussion. It was, in a sense, as if Souvlaki-era Slowdive were playing a cover of Pygmalion-era Slowdive and adding their own interpretation to it. (And, in a sense, they were; Pygmalion was, in some ways, a work in progress; the band were fatally dropped by their label before they could play it live. Now, two decades on, they’ve seamlessly picked up where they left off.)



    “Machine Gun”:

    “When the Sun Hits”:

    Catch the Breeze
    Crazy for You
    (LIve premiere)
    Machine Gun
    40 Days
    Blue Skied an’ Clear
    (Live premiere)
    Souvlaki Space Station
    When the Sun Hits
    She Calls
    Golden Hair (Syd Barrett cover)

    Slowdive will return to the stage tonight at London’s Village Underground. Their tour schedule also includes a bevy of festival appearances, including Pitchfork and FYF Fest in the U.S. See their full tour docket below.

    Slowdive 2014 Tour Dates:
    05/19 – London, UK @ The Village Underground
    05/29 – Nimes, FR @ This Is Not a Love Song
    05/30 – Barcelona, ES @ Primavera Sound
    06/06 – Porto, PT @ Optimus Primavera Sound
    06/07 – Paris, FR @ Villette Sonique
    06/08 – Leipzig, DE @ Wave-Gotik-Treffen
    06/21 – Hilvarenbeek, NL @ The Best Kept Secret Festival
    07/10-12 – Keflavik, IC @ ATP Iceland
    07/16 – Padova, IT @ Rada Festival
    07/18 – Suffolk, UK @ Latitude Festival
    07/20 – Chicago, IL @ Pitchfork Music Festival
    07/23 – Taipei, TW @ The Wall
    07/25 – Niigata, JP @ Fuji Rock Festival
    07/28 – Hong Kong @ Rotunda 3
    07/31 – Sinagpore @ The Ground Theatre
    08/01-03 – Katowice, PL @ OFF Festival
    08/07-09 – Goteborg, SE @ Way Out West Festival
    08/08-10 – Helsinki, FI @ Flow Festival
    08/09 – Oslo, NO @ Oya Festival
    08/14 – Hasselt, PL @ BE Pukkelpop
    08/15 – St. Malo, FR @ La Route du Rock Festival
    08/23 – Los Angeles, CA @ FYF Fest
    08/29-31 – Stradbally


    , IE @ Electric Picnic
    09/09 – Geneva, CH @ La Batie