If you’ve not heard of Slint then you probably have been missing a whole chunk of life, Louisville’s seminal band are a bench mark in history so if this is the first time you’ve heard the name, keep reading.
SLINT formed in 1986 and their first album Tweez was recorded with Steve Albini the following year. It was released on the minuscule Jennifer Hartman Records and Tapes label in 1989 (later reissued by Touch and Go Records in 1993). In the fall of 1989, the members of SLINT scattered to various colleges throughout the Midwest. Over four days in August of 1990, SLINT recorded their second album, Spiderland, and the world would never again sound the same. Produced by Brian Paulson at River North Recorders in Chicago and released by Touch and Go Records in April of 1991, the six songs on Spiderland methodically mapped a shadowy new continent of sound. The music is taut, menacing, and haunting. The eerie, now-iconic black and white cover photo of the four band member’s heads breaking the surface of the water was taken by their friend Will Oldham. PJ Harvey was among the respondents to the band’s call for interested female vocalists on the back cover.
On April 15th, SLINT will release a deluxe box set version of Spiderland on Touch and Go Records. Spiderland (Remastered) Box Set is now available for pre-order and the box set (see track listing below) will include:
Slint’s 1991 album, Spiderland, remastered from the original analog master tapes by Bob Weston and pressed on 180 gram vinyl.
Fourteen previously unreleased outtakes & demos personally selected by Slint, mastered by Bob Weston, and pressed on two 180 gram vinyl albums
A 104 page book with over 100 never-before-seen photos documenting Slint’s entire history, as well as lyrics to the songs on Spiderland, and a foreword by Will Oldham
CDs of all the music: remastered Spiderland on one CD and the 14 bonus songs on a second CD
Breadcrumb Trail, a brand new, never-before-seen, 90 minute DVD documentary about Slint and the making of Spiderland; directed by documentarian Lance Bangs. Includes extensive interviews with the members of Slint, as well as interviews with Steve Albini, James Murphy, David Yow, Ian Mackaye, and Matt Sweeney.
Hand numbered limited edition of 3,138 copies worldwide
All packaging printed in the USA at Stoughton, including heavyweight, “tip-on” gatefold LP jackets
All three albums pressed at RTI in the USA on 180 gram vinyl
Packaging concept and design by Louisville native Jeremy deVine (of Temporary Residence fame)
Pre-orders received prior to March 8 will receive a free T-Shirt created from the recently discovered silk screen that Slint personally used to hand print their one & only 1989 tour T-shirt. These shirts will only be available with box set pre-orders from Touch and Go Records.