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Slowdive Share New Song “skin in the game”

everything is alive Due Out September 1 via Dead Oceans

Jul 18, 2023 Photography by Ingrid Pop
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Legendary ’90s shoegazers Slowdive are releasing a new album, everything is alive, on September 1 via Dead Oceans. Now they have shared its second single, “skin in the game.” Listen below, followed by the band’s upcoming tour dates.

Everything is alive is the band’s first new album in six years. Previously Slowdive shared the album’s first single, “kisses,” via a music video. “Kisses” was one of our Songs of the Week.

Slowdive’s line-up remains Neil Halstead (vocals, guitar, keyboards), Christian Savill (guitar), Nick Chaplin (bass), Rachel Goswell (vocals), and Simon Scott (drums, electronics).

Halstead had this to say about “kisses” and the album as a whole in a previous press release: “It wouldn’t feel right to make a really dark record right now. The album is quite eclectic emotionally, but it does feel hopeful.”

Everything is alive is the band’s fifth album and the follow-up to 2017’s self-titled album, which was their first full-length album in 22 years and first since the band reformed. It was #4 on our Top 100 Albums of 2017 list.

The new album is dedicated to Goswell’s mother and Scott’s father, as they both died in 2020. “There were some profound shifts for some of us personally,” Goswell said in the previous press release.

The record began with Halstead acting as writer and producer, working from home, and he initially saw the album as a “more minimal electronic record,” but once the rest of the band got involved it became more aligned with their signature shoegaze/dream-pop sound.

“As a band, when we’re all happy with it, that tends to be the stronger material. We’ve always come from slightly different directions, and the best bits are where we all meet in the middle,” Halstead said.

Goswell added: “Slowdive is very much the sum of its parts. Something unquantifiable happens when the five of us come together in a room.”

The album was recorded over the course of several years, starting in 2020 at Courtyard Studio, where the band have recorded before, but also in various other places. Shawn Everett (The War On Drugs, Alvvays, SZA) mixed the album in 2022.

Read our review of Slowdive.

Read our Album of the Week post on Slowdive.

Read our interview with Slowdive’s Rachel Goswell about the making of the album.

Slowdive’s last album of their original run was 1995’s Pygmalion. Slowdive broke up that year, although some of the members went on to form Mojave 3. The band reformed in 2014 and began playing shows again.

We interviewed Slowdive’s Neil Halstead and Rachel Goswell in 2014 about the reunion and posted various articles on the band. Read our print magazine article on Slowdive’s reunion. Read our separate interviews with Neil Halstead and Rachel Goswell about the reunion. Finally read our interview with Halstead and Goswell about the bands that inspired Slowdive.

Slowdive Tour Dates:

Wed. July 19 - Brisbane, AU @ Princess Theatre [SOLD OUT]
Fri. July 21 - Sydney, AU @ Enmore Theatre [SOLD OUT]
Sat. July 22 - Melbourne, AU @ Forum [SOLD OUT]
Sun. July 23 - Adelaide, AU @ Hindley St. Music Hall
Wed. July 26 - Auckland, NZ @ Powerstation [SOLD OUT]
Sat. July 29 - Niigata Prefecture, JP @ Fuji Rock Festival
Sat. Aug. 5 - Mysłowice, PL @ Off Festival
Fri. Aug. 11 - Sicily, IT @ Ypsigrock Festival
Fri. Aug. 18 - Brecon Beacon, GB @ Green Man Festival
Sat. Sep. 23 - Toronto, ON @ Queen Elizabeth Theatre [SOLD OUT]
Mon. Sep. 25 - Boston, MA @ Citizens House of Blues Boston [SOLD OUT]
Wed. Sep. 27 - New York, NY @ Webster Hall [SOLD OUT]
Thu. Sep. 28 - New York, NY @ Webster Hall [SOLD OUT]
Fri. Sep. 29 - Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer [SOLD OUT]
Sat. Sep. 30 - Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club [SOLD OUT]
Mon. Oct. 2 - Cleveland, OH @ The Roxy @ Mahall’s [SOLD OUT]
Tue. Oct. 3 - Chicago, IL @ Riviera Theatre [SOLD OUT]
Wed. Oct. 4 - St. Paul, MN @ Palace Theatre
Fri. Oct. 6 - Denver, CO @ Cervantes’ Masterpiece Ballroom [SOLD OUT]
Sat. Oct. 7 - Salt Lake City, UT @ The Union
Mon. Oct. 9 - Portland, OR @ Crystal Ballroom [SOLD OUT]
Tue. Oct. 10 - Seattle, WA @ Showbox SoDo [SOLD OUT]
Thu. Oct. 12 - San Francisco, CA @ The Warfield [SOLD OUT]
Sat. Oct. 14 - Los Angeles, CA @ The Bellwether [SOLD OUT]
Sun. Oct. 15 - Los Angeles, CA @ The Bellwether [SOLD OUT]
Mon. Oct. 16 - San Francisco, CA @ The Warfield
Mon. Oct. 30 - Glasgow, UK @ QMU [SOLD OUT]
Tue. Oct. 31 - Manchester, UK @ Ritz [SOLD OUT]
Wed. Nov. 1 - Bristol, UK @ SWX [SOLD OUT]
Fri. Nov. 3 - London, UK @ Troxy [SOLD OUT]
Sun. Nov. 5 - Belfast, UK @ Mandela Hall
Mon. Nov. 6 - Dublin, IR @ National Stadium
Sat. Nov. 25 - Sun. Nov. 26 - Buenos Aires, AR @ Primavera Sound
Mon. Dec. 4 - Santiago, CL @ Teatro Coliseo
Thu. Dec. 7 - Asunción, PY @ Primavera Sound
Sat. Dec. 9 - Sun. Dec. 10 - Bogotá, CO @ Primavera Sound

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