English dream pop/alternative rock band Slowdive will be reuniting for Barcelona’s 2014 Primavera Sound Festival. It will be the first time the group has gotten back together since their breakup in 1995.
Slowdive was founded in 1989 by Neil Halstead and Rachel Goswell, and the band soon added Nick Chaplin and Christian Savill. The name “Slowdive” was inspired by a dream that Chaplin had. The group recorded a demo and later played a gig with Five Thirty, where they were approached by the head of A&R at EMI. This led to them signing with Creation Records and releasing a self-titled EP in 1990, after adding drummer Simon Scott.
Slowdive recorded three full-length albums together during their run from 1991 to 1995: Just For A Day in 1991, Souvlaki in 1993 and Pygmalion in 1995. In 1994, Scott had left due to creative differences and the band found a new drummer in Ian McCutcheon. A week after Pygmalion‘s release, Slowdive was dropped from Creation Records.
Halstead, Goswell and McCutcheon released a country-influenced album together under a new name, Mojave 3, and were signed to 4AD Records. Scott released solo records with 12k, Miasmah and Kompakt, among others, while Savill formed another dream pop band called Monster Movie. Halstead and Goswell have both also recorded solo with 4AD Records.
The band confirmed via Twitter and their official website that they will reunite for Barcelona’s Primavera Sound Festival on May 30. Goswell, Scott, Chaplin and Savill will be at the reunion, together for the first time in almost two decades.