[[caption-width-right:350:Slint [[{{Fanservice}} being sexy]].]]

Slint is an American AlternativeRock band from Kentucky, usually given credit for jump-starting the PostRock genre along with TalkTalk, as well as the Math Rock genre. The band formed in 1986 from the ashes of HardcorePunk group Squirrel Bait, with Brian [=McMahan=] (guitar and vocals), David Pajo (guitar), and Britt Walford (drums) staying strong throughout the band's existence. The bassist would always be separate session musicians that would travel with the band.

They released their first album, ''Tweez'' to lukewarm reviews in 1989. Then, in 1991, they found their style and released their landmark album, ''Spiderland'', which came on the heels of a year of landmark albums along with {{Nirvana}}'s ''Nevermind'' for {{Grunge}}, Music/MyBloodyValentine's ''Loveless'' for {{Shoegazing}}, and so on, and became very influential to PostRock alongside TalkTalk's ''Laughing Stock''.

After the album the entire band went through a CreatorBreakdown. It is rumored that the brooding sound of ''Spiderland'' combined with pressure from the record company caused two of the members to be institutionalized during recording. What makes this especially creepy is the fact that all the band members were in stable mental condition prior to the recording. Nevertheless, this stress affected the band and in 1991 they disbanded. Pajo went on to join Music/{{Zwan}} for a while after that, and Walford was briefly a member of Music/TheBreeders.

They've had two reunions. One in 2005 and another in 2007, but no new material is rumored, although they did perform a new song entitled "King's Approach" during their 2007 shows.


Slint contains examples of the following tropes:

* [[AllLowercaseLetters all lowercase letters]]: The liner notes of ''Spiderland''.
* BrownNote: ''Spiderland'' was this for the band.
* CarefulWithThatAxe: The ending of "Good Morning, Captain" and the chorus of "Nosferatu Man."
* CreatorBreakdown: Probably the creepiest example where not an event, but the work itself created the breakdown.
** The worst part? Producer Brian Paulson says [[http://www.indyweek.com/indyweek/brian-paulson/Content?oid=1194172 the album was recorded in]] ''[[http://www.indyweek.com/indyweek/brian-paulson/Content?oid=1194172 four days pulling all-nighters]]''. No wonder it screwed their health.
* CallBack: The raging guitars toward the middle of "Good Morning, Captain" echo the guitar part of the chorus of "Breadcrumb Trail."
* CreepyMonotone
* DarkerAndEdgier: ''Spiderland''.
* EpicRocking: "Breadcrumb Trail", "Nosferatu Man", and "Good Morning, Captain".
* GainaxEnding: ''Spiderland''. What exactly is happening at the end of "Good Morning, Captain"?
* GenreBusting: Even for post-rock.
** Mainly because they played it when it had been an UnbuiltTrope.
* IdiosyncraticEpisodeNaming: They named nearly all of the songs on ''Tweez'' after their parents. "Rhoda" is the one exception, as it was named after Britt Walford's dog.
* ILoveTheDead: "Nosferatu Man." [[MindScrew Maybe.]]
* NewSoundAlbum: ''Spiderland''.
* NonAppearingTitle: Almost none of their songs feature song titles in the lyrics. "Washer" being the lone exception.
* OldShame: ''Tweez''
* PerishingAltRockVoice: So perishing Brian didn't so much sing as mumble spoken-word narration most of the time, and fell ill due to the strain of yelling the climax of "Good Morning, Captain".
* SpokenWordInMusic: Like narration drawn out as the music gets darker with the narration? You're in luck.
* StepUpToTheMicrophone: "Don, Aman" has vocals and guitar by their drummer Britt Walford.
* TeamShot: The iconic album cover of ''Spiderland''.
* TropeMaker: Of PostRock.
* TroubledProduction: ''Spiderland'' is one of the giants of troubled production stories.
* UncommonTime: They are also labeled "Math Rock" for a reason.
* TheUnSmile: ''Spiderland''[='=]s [[http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/3/39/Slint_-_Spiderland.jpg iconically creepy cover]] shows the band treading water in a lake in an abandoned quarry near their hometown Louisville with deranged barely-smiling facial expressions.
* WhatCouldHaveBeen: The band included a message in the inside sleeve of ''Spiderland'' saying "interested female vocalists write 1864 douglas blvd. louisville, ky. 40205". They were serious about it and did some auditions, but disbanded before they could do anything about it. They never clarified the matter, but there's a pretty popular rumour that one of the auditionees was a Slint fan called PJHarvey.