After over a decade of dismissing the possibility of a Slowdive reunion, former frontman Neil Halstead is no longer ruling it out. “There’s a chance that we’ll get back together,” Halstead told Hive over the phone yesterday from China, where his other outfit Mojave 3 is touring. “It’s definitely possible at some point.” Halstead added that the band never swore off a reformation. “No one has ever really said, ‘I never want to do it.’ We’ve never really talked about it much.”
Though Slowdive haven’t performed or recorded together in its complete lineup since penning their final album, 1995’s Pygmalion, Halstead maintains that they’ve all kept in touch and remain on good terms. “We haven’t been in the same room together for a really long time,” he said, “We’re all in contact through email. We sort of have these email conversations and we’re all friendly, but we haven’t actually been together as the whole Slowdive unit in years, unfortunately.”
What will it take for the UK shoegaze pioneers, then, to finally reunite? “Just shitloads of money, you know” Halstead said, laughing. “It’s crazy how in vogue it is for bands to get back together these days. It’s almost like you’re not allowed not to get back together. So, I’m sure that we will get back together — because we won’t be allowed not to.”
Until that happens, we’ll at least be seeing new music from Halstead. His third solo album Palindrome Hunches is due out on September 11 via Brushfire Records. Tune into Hive starting Tuesday, September 4 for an exclusive preview of the new album and a longer Q&A.
Stream the first single “Full Moon Rising” below: