Slint is an American Alternative Rock
band from Kentucky, usually given credit for jump-starting the Post-Rock
genre along with Talk Talk
, as well as the Math Rock
genre. The band formed in 1986 from the ashes of Hardcore Punk
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
, My Bloody Valentine
, and so on, and became very influential to Post-Rock
alongside Talk Talk
's Laughing Stock
After the album the entire band went through a Creator Breakdown
. 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 Tortoise and Zwan for a while after that, and Walford was briefly a member of The Breeders
They've had three 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. A third reunion began in 2013, and the band has hinted at the possibility of new material. Spiderland
has been reissued with two bonus discs.
Slint contains examples of the following tropes:
- all lowercase letters: The liner notes of Spiderland.
- Brown Note: Spiderland was this for the band.
- Buffy Speak: In the lyrics for "Breadcrumb Trail" - "I pulled back the drape thing on the tent..."
- Careful With That Axe: The ending of "Good Morning, Captain" and the chorus of "Nosferatu Man."
- Cloudcuckoolander: Britt, as Breadcrumb Trail memorably demonstrated.
- Call Back: The raging guitars toward the middle of "Good Morning, Captain" echo the guitar part of the chorus of "Breadcrumb Trail."
- Creepy Monotone
- Darker and Edgier: Spiderland.
- Epic Rocking: "Breadcrumb Trail", "Nosferatu Man", and "Good Morning, Captain".
- Gainax Ending: Spiderland. What exactly is happening at the end of "Good Morning, Captain"?
- Genre-Busting: Even for post-rock.
- Idiosyncratic Episode Naming: 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.
- I Love the Dead: "Nosferatu Man." Maybe.
- New Sound Album: Spiderland.
- Non-Appearing Title: Almost none of their songs feature song titles in the lyrics. "Washer" being the lone exception.
- Perishing Alt Rock Voice: 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".
- Rockumentary: Breadcrumb Trail.
- Shrouded in Myth: Due to the band's semi-reclusive nature, creepy sound, nearly limited info, and their reputation as Short-Lived Big Impact Spiderland sounds all the more mysterious.
- Spoken Word in Music: Like narration drawn out as the music gets darker with the narration? You're in luck.
- Step Up to the Microphone: "Don, Aman" has vocals and guitar by their drummer Britt Walford.
- Team Shot: The iconic album cover of Spiderland.
- Trope Maker: Of Post-Rock (along with Talk Talk) and Math Rock.
- Uncommon Time: They are also labeled "Math Rock" for a reason.
- The Un-Smile: Spiderland's 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.
- Whole Plot Reference: "Good Morning, Captain" is based on The Rime of the Ancient Mariner.