US legends Slint announce UK dates, a dazzle ship in Liverpool, a new track from Splashgirl…
We’ve covered Slint lots on the past, certainly not overlooked around here back in the days when Organ was really flowing…. The band recently re-issued their rather influential Spiderland album to much acclaim, and now they announced some dates over here (wherever over here may be)
SLINT play the following dates across August
12th – The Old Market – Brighton, 13th – Electric – London, 14th – Cockpit – Leeds, 15th – The Arches – Glasgow, 16th – Green Man Festival – Crickhowell , 18th – Limelight – Belfast, 19th – Button Factory – Dublin
Here’s the press blurb (told you we don’t have times to be writing these things there days, got to get to Liverpool with boots full of art and to be dazzled by ships)
“Though largely overlooked during their relatively brief lifespan, Slint have grown to become one of the most influential and far-reaching bands to emerge from the American underground rock community of the late 80’s; innovative and iconoclastic, the group’s deft, extremist manipulations of volume, tempo, and structure cast them as clear progenitors of the post-rock movement that blossomed during the following decade.
The band’s recorded output, comprising just two full length LP’s: Tweez and Spiderland, is considered a crucial influence of countless rock & post-rock bands, ranging from Pavement to Mogwai. Stuart Braithwaite of the latter even wrote this piece for Clash recently about Spiderland and its importance to his band: http://www.clashmusic.com/features/mogwais-stuart-braithwaite-on-slints-spiderland
While Slint disbanded in 1992, the individual members remained extremely productive, contributing to seminal bands like The Breeders, The Palace Brothers, Tortoise & many more. The band reunited officially in 2007 for a well received run of concerts.
Earlier this year Touch & Go Records and the band compiled an ambitious expanded edition of Spiderland, remastered by Shellac bassist Bob Weston. The limited edition sold out ahead of release but a slimmed down version of the set is released on June 24th.
The reissue includes a bonus disc of demos and rarities plus a DVD of “Breadcrumb Trail”, a documentary by Lance Bangs about Slint and the making of Spiderland; the film also received a theatrical release. To celebrate the release of the film and the Spiderland set, Slint have announced another brief run of British and Irish live dates”.
So those dazzle ships then, well at least a Dazzle ship, a ship painted for this summer’s Liverpool Biennial. We shall be off to Liverpool on the 5th July for the opening day of the summer-long Biennial, part two of this summer’s Art Car Boot Fair adventure…
“Witness the transformation of the historic Edmund Gardner pilot ship into a Dazzle Ship using designs by renowned artist Carlos Cruz-Diez and realised by a team of painters from Cammell Laird. Dazzle Ship is a co-commission between Liverpool Biennial, Tate Liverpool and 14-18 NOW WW1 Centenary Art Commissions in partnership with Merseyside Maritime Museum. More on the ship.
Meanwhile, new from Norwegian three piece Splashgirl