Post-rock progenitors Slint have long enjoyed near-mythic status among alternative circles, but the announcement of a 2014 reunion tour — nearly than 25 years after their last album — launched them from cult favorite to one of the year's biggest buzz bands. The group's trademark wash of guitar textures, alternately hushed and blistering, create a wall of sound that can only be fully comprehended in live concert, a treat fans have rarely been able to experience — until now. The wait has been long, but it's been worth it — riding high off the 2014 re-release of their seminal 1991 album Spiderland, Slint are set to slay on their upcoming tour dates.
Brian McMahan and Britt Walford began playing music together in middle school, forming several bands before recruiting guitarist David Pajo and forming Slint in the late '80s. Their debut full-length Tweez was released to relative obscurity in 1989, but 1991 follow-up Spiderland was a different story. The album's sparse guitar lines, off-kilter drums, and weighty subject matter were a hit with critics and fans alike, eventually earning the release recognition as the first true post-rock album. Despite Spiderland's warm reception, the group would disband shortly after its release, laying dormant for 15 years before resurfacing to curate 2005's All Tomorrow's Parties festival. Reuniting sporadically since then, the band's rare live appearances have become the stuff of legend, making the announcement of a full-blown 2014 reunion tour cause for celebration among fans both new and old.