Fri., 11:25pm, Reverberation stage
"If someone said three years ago that Slowdive would re-form, I wouldn't believe it," says the band's singer/guitarist Rachel Goswell. "You just couldn't write what's happened over the last couple years."
In their early-Nineties prime, the Reading, UK, quintet dropped three swirling dream-pop albums. As grunge and Britpop superseded an ambient English ilk termed "shoegaze," Slowdive flatlined – along with the genre's esteem.
"Bands then saw that term as derogatory," recalls Goswell. "It grouped us all together."
The label itself was born of the genre's guitarists and their sprawling, effects-laden pedal boards, which pulled players' eyes downward to operate. The guitarist pinpoints "North American Internet users" for shoegaze's steady resurgence.
"I counted once," awes the Devon-dweller. "We use over 40 pedals! The term wasn't derided in the States like it was in the UK. Years ago, I remember seeing 'shoegaze' listed on Myspace's drop-down menu as an actual genre and thought, 'How weird!'"
For fans, the sight of Slowdive onstage again moves them beyond composure.
"There's so much emotion in the audience," says Goswell. "People crying .... It's beautiful. But it can be quite hard singing when I've got people feeling that overwhelmed in front of me. Sometimes I have to wander off to my amp to compose myself."
A new LP on deck for 2017, Slowdive's relishing their rebirth.
"We're at that age now where we all have families," says the mother of one. "An amount of sacrifice comes with this re-formation, in terms of time spent away from home, but, if we weren't enjoying every minute, we wouldn't be doing this. That's been my caveat since day one. So far, it's definitely worth the punt."