For five years at the end of the Eighties, Slint performed and created music in relative obscurity, turning out only two albums and one posthumous EP, but the impact of their relatively small output was enormous. While critical acclaim of the 1991 album Spiderland didn’t earn them large audiences, the exposure they gained from appearing on the Kids soundtrack had everyone one screaming “I miss you!” during the angst-ridden climax of the epic “Good Morning, Captain.”
Today, Slint’s “post-rock” influence can be heard in more long-lived bands like Mogwai, Sigur Ros, and Tortoise. In 2005, Slint reunited to perform and even curate All Tomorrow’s Parties, and then briefly toured the U.K. and the U.S. One of the handful of stops was Seattle’s own Showbox. If you missed that fantastic performance, don’t kick yourself because they’re coming here again!
Following their Don’t Look Back ATL-sponsored performance of the full album Spiderland at Chicago’s Pitchfork Festival this weekend, Slint will continue onward and make their way to The Showbox on July 21.
If you’d like to see this rare appearance by the Louisville legends right here in Seattle, I have 5 pairs of tickets to give away for the show. If you’d like to go to this 21+ event, courtesy of KEXP and The Showbox, write to firstname.lastname@example.org before 6 am tomorrow (July 11) with the word “Slint” in the subject line. From those emails, I will chose five at random.
For a taste of what you’ll get, here’s a clip of Slint performing the fan-favorite “Washer” during their Le Bataclan, Paris, performance on May 24, 2007: