Slint Settles In For 'Spiderland' Shows, New Album
On the heels of a surprise 2005 reunion, Slint is regrouping for a spring/summer tour during which it will perform its iconic 1991 album "Spiderland" in its entirety. The group is also working on mateOn the heels of a surprise 2005 reunion, Slint is regrouping for a spring/summer tour during which it will perform its iconic 1991 album "Spiderland" in its entirety. The trek begins May 19 in Somerset, England, as part of the ATP vs. the Fans festival. So far, the only U.S. dates booked are July 17-18 in New York.
"After the 2005 tour, I definitely never thought we'd play again," guitarist David Pajo tells Billboard.com. "The 2005 tour was going to be it. It was kind of like our way of closing the book on the band. But we learned we all still get along really well. We have an unspoken camaraderie, musically. The more we stayed in touch after that tour, the more we realized we still wanted to do it."
Of perhaps even greater interest to fans is the fact that Slint has begun work on new material for the first time since the mid-'90s. "We're going through the same work tapes we used to get material for 'Spiderland,'" Pajo reveals. "There are ideas we just never pursued. So far, it's been really good. I don't know what the final product will sound like, but the actual song crafting is going really well. We haven't been able to focus on it as much as we like, because we're still preparing for these shows."
That said, Pajo is hoping he and bandmates Brian McMahan and Britt Walford will have at least one new song ready to play at the upcoming concerts, which he says will most likely not feature material from the group's 1989 debut, "Tweez."
"For me, objectively, I'd want to see the shows mostly to see what the new material is going to be like," he says. "It will be in the Slint tradition; lyrics and vocals are always the last things we work on, so it will probably be an instrumental song. Before 'Spiderland,' we'd play the material live but without vocals. It was almost like we were an instrumental band. But we'll see how it goes -- I don't want to make too many promises."
A DVD remains in the works of the '05 tour, but no release date is on the horizon. "We've seen some rough cuts of it," Pajo says. "I guess we just really need to dedicate some time to work on getting the sound and sequence right."
In the meantime, Pajo is still plugging away with his new band Dead Child, which just inked with Touch & Go to release its debut album in spring 2008. The group also features Slint touring musicians Michael McMahan (Brian's brother) and Todd Cook. "There's some McMahan gene that lets you write good songs," Pajo says with a laugh. "There's something about that family. They're very musical."
Here are Slint's tour dates:
May 19: Somerset, England (ATP vs. the Fans)
May 21: Amsterdam (Paradiso)
May 23: Brussels (AB2)
May 24: Paris (Bataclan)
May 28: Bologna, Italy (Estragon)
May 29: Rome (Circolo Degli Artisti)
May 31: Barcelona (Primavera Sound Festival)
July 17-18: New York (Webster Hall)
Aug. 20: Glasgow (Barrowlands)
Aug. 22-23: London (Koko)