Slowdive was an English alternative rock band that
formed in 1989. The band was formed in Reading and
primarily consisted of Nick Chaplin (bass), Rachel
Goswell (vocals, guitar), Neil Halstead (vocals, guitar),
and Christian Savill (guitar). Several drummers played
with the band, including Ian McCutcheon, Adrian Sell,
and Simon Scott.
Signing with Creation, Slowdive's early singles
received glowing press and chart placement. Their
debut single, Slowdive, thinly veiled an indebtedness
to the Byrds and My Bloody Valentine, with no
traceable punk influence Just after Slowdive's
recording, The sleepy escapist psychedelia of both
Morningrise and Holding Our Breath made significant
impressions on the British indie chart.
The press dubbed them part of "The Scene That
Celebrates Itself" - a small, loose, conglomerate of
like-minded bands who could be seen at each other's
shows, frequently hanging out together within the
same circle. This "scene" included Lush, Moose,
Swervedriver, Curve, and Blur.
This anthology compiled and annotated by Mojo s
Kieron Tyler is a fine stepping on point for anyone
interested in the works of Slowdive. This is the first
in series of releases by the band on Cherry Red.