Tape Archive #19: Private interview with Rachel, Nick and Christian on 8 April 1994

This interview was taped at Club Babyhead in Providence, Rhode Island, before Slowdive played their set that night. The interview is approximately 25 minutes long and topics covered include Christian’s pre-Slowdive band Eternal, the suicide of Kurt Cobain (who was found dead earlier that day), their current favourite bands, their songwriting process, tour stories, and whether they prefer cats or dogs. Starting at the six minute mark you can hear the opening band Difference Engine — one of the best American shoegaze bands of the early 90s– playing their set in the distance.

Tape Archive #18: Live at Birmingham University on 1 March 1991

This is one of the better sounding audience recordings from Slowdive’s early days, with rich bass and clear vocals. There’s some crowd chatter and a bit of tape hiss in the quiet parts, but it is not too bad (this tape is second generation from the cassette master).

Tape Archive #17: Live at Logo in Hamburg on 21 October 1993

This is another high quality recording from their October 1993 tour. This gig is noteworthy for a wonderful version of Melon Yellow as well as the infamous version of Morningrise introduced as Dolly Rocker by Rachel (as documented earlier here).

This is a digital transfer of a DAT clone from the DAT master (@32khz/12-bit).

Tape Archive #16: Live at the Kantine in Köln on 12 October 1993

Archiving Slowdive’s October 1993 tour continues with this excellent recording of their gig in Köln, Germany on the 12th. Another fine performance by the band only slightly marred by some feedback during the first half of Machine Gun and a false start on Souvlaki Space Station.

This is a digital transfer of a DAT clone from the DAT master (@32khz/12-bit).

Tape Archive #15: Live at Gino in Stockholm on 17 October 1993

This is another recording from their October 1993 tour supporting Cranes. Unlike the other extant recordings from this tour, the sound quality is not that great. The audience seemed disinterested in the band, which Rachel noticed at the start (and commented on). However, they still put on a great show. This had been a somewhat rare recording, but now it can be enjoyed by all.

Tape Archive #14: Interview with Neil on Radio 1 on 3 September 1991

This backstage interview was conducted shortly before Slowdive’s set at the Marquee Club on the same date. Lasting just four minutes, it focuses on Neil’s influences, namely The Jesus and Mary Chain and The Cure. Neil also reveals his dislike of “Greatest Hits” albums.

Tape Archive #13: Live at Café Q in Gävle on 9 February 1992

Not many bands play in Gävle, Sweden. Slowdive have yet to return since their one and only visit on 9 February 1992, but at least we have a recording of their performance that day. This recording is special because it captures a very vocal female fan expressing her adoration before many songs (her favourites appear to be Spanish Air and Catch The Breeze). Most Slowdive recordings capture the screams of male fans (many trying to get the attention of Rachel), but this recording shows there were also some hardcore female fans in the early days of the band, even if they might have been hidden away in places such as Gävle.

The recording quality is rather poor, and there are various parts marred by tape speed fluctuations, but they performed a great setlist (including the unreleased gem Silver Screen), and ended the show in a very cool noisy jam.

Tape Archive #12: Private Interview at Café Q in Gävle, Sweden on 9 February 1992

The below 21 minute recording is one of the more interesting private interviews with Slowdive, conducted about an hour before their gig at the venue. It captures a buoyant, optimistic band full of opinions (and not afraid to share them) coming off the successful release of their first LP. They begin the interview with a short, goofy cover of My Bloody Valentine’s When You Sleep, and proceed to cover topics including details on their formation, their outlook on the UK music scene (including gems like “hey look at my haircut, look at my trousers”), and their opinion on their labelmates. They also reveal they were not too keen on their music videos and discuss their optimism about signing with SBK (their opinion on this record label would soon sour).