Neil Halstead is “one of Britain’s greatest songwriters” Time Out Magazine
“Slowdive delivers nearly everything their fans desire in a return: familiarity, innovation, and vast atmospheres to get lost in” Consequence of Sound
Formed in 1989, Neil Halstead is the vocalist and guitarist for rock band Slowdive, as well as being the band’s sole writer. Known for their dream pop, shoegazing and ambient music style, Halstead said that he wanted “to create something big and beautiful and sort of timeless”. Early musical influences for Halstead include David Bowie, the Rolling Stones and the Jesus and Mary Chain’s album ‘Psychocandy’.
Once the band dismantled in 1995, Neil and two other band members (Rachel Goswell and Ian McCutcheon) created the group Mojave 3. After moving to a more folk and indie rock musical identity, the band signed to 4AD Records, where Simon Rowe and Alan Forrester joined.
Slowdive then announced a 20-date summer world tour in 2014, after the band’s 20 year sabbatical, performing at festivals across the globe such as Fortress Festival in Texas, Off Festival in Poland and Roskilde Festival in Denmark. This led to the release of their 2017 single “Star Roving” and their album ‘Slowdive’, released four months later. Metacritic gave the album a score of 82/100 and their single Sugar of the Pill has gained over 5 million YouTube views to date.
Studio albums include:
Just For A Day 1991