[[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 MathRock 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, ''Music/{{Spiderland}}'', which came on the heels of a year of landmark albums along with {{Music/Nirvana}}'s ''Music/{{Nevermind}}'' for {{Grunge}}, Music/MyBloodyValentine's ''Music/{{Loveless}}'' for {{Shoegazing}}, and so on, and became very influential to PostRock alongside TalkTalk's ''Music/LaughingStock''.

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 Tortoise and Zwan for a while after that, and Walford was briefly a member of Music/TheBreeders.

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:

* [[AllLowercaseLetters all lowercase letters]]: The liner notes of ''Spiderland''.
* BrownNote: ''Spiderland'' was this for the band.
* BuffySpeak: In the lyrics for "Breadcrumb Trail" - "I pulled back the drape thing on the tent..."
* CarefulWithThatAxe: The ending of "Good Morning, Captain" and the chorus of "Nosferatu Man."
* {{Cloudcuckoolander}}: Britt, as ''[[{{Rockumentary}} Breadcrumb Trail]]'' memorably demonstrated.
* 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: "Glenn" (6:17), "Washer" (8:50), and "Good Morning, Captain" (7:39).
** "Don, Aman" (6:28) seems like it fits the trope on paper, but the track is actually just vocals and guitar.
* 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.]]
* LyricalColdOpen: 'Don, Aman': "Don stepped outside"
* NewSoundAlbum: ''Spiderland''.
* NonAppearingTitle: Almost none of their songs feature song titles in the lyrics. "Washer" being the lone exception.
* 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".
* {{Rockumentary}}: ''Breadcrumb Trail''.
* ShroudedInMyth: Due to the band's semi-reclusive nature, creepy sound, nearly limited info, and their reputation as ShortLivedBigImpact ''Spiderland'' sounds all the more mysterious.
* 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 (along with Music/TalkTalk) and MathRock.
* 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.
* WholePlotReference: "Good Morning, Captain" is based on ''Literature/TheRimeOfTheAncientMariner''.