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The hazy new song is the final preview of the shoegaze band’s new album ‘Everything Is Alive’, which is out Friday (September 1) via Dead Oceans.
Alongside the single announcement, Slowdive have announced a new string of UK and European dates for January 2024, which will see them kick off the run at Paradiso in Amsterdam on January 16, 2024.
From there, they’ll perform shows in Paris, Oslo, Berlin, Munich and more, before starting their UK run at Dome, Brighton on February 14. Following stops in cities including Birmingham, Liverpool, Glasgow and more – along with a show at London’s Eventim Apollo on February 17 – they’ll wrap up at Manchester’s Academy on February 27.
— Slowdive (@slowdiveband) August 30, 2023
Speaking about new single ‘alife’, singer, lyricist and guitarist Neil Halstead said: “‘alife’ is one of the first tunes we finished for the record. Shawn Everett did a really nice job with the mix. We tried so many times to figure out a good mix by ourselves and couldn’t do it . . . it sort of had us beaten until Shawn stepped in.
“We decided if he could handle that one he could probably do the whole record. Our friend Jake Nelson did a really nice animation for this song; it takes some of the imagery from the artwork and digs a little deeper into that.”
Listen to it below.
Slowdive announced their new album with the single ‘Kisses’ back in June alongside news of a massive tour of Ireland, the UK and North America.
Dedicated to singer Rachel Goswell’s mother and drummer Simon Scott’s father, who both died in 2020, ‘Everything Is Alive’ will be a record that explores the theme of life and hope.
Neil Halstead shared in a press statement: “It wouldn’t feel right to make a really dark record right now. The album is quite eclectic emotionally, but it does feel hopeful.”
Check out the full schedule of shows for 2023 and 2024 below. Tickets for UK shows go on sale Wednesday, September 16 at 10 BST and you can purchase them here. Ticket sale details for the European dates are currently TBA. You can also purchase tickets to US shows here.
Slowdive’s 2023/2024 tour dates are:
23 – Toronto, ON, Queen Elizabeth Theatre [SOLD OUT]
25 – Boston, MA, Citizens House of Blues Boston [SOLD OUT]
27 – New York, NY, Webster Hall [SOLD OUT]
28 – New York, NY, Webster Hall [SOLD OUT]
29 – Philadelphia, PA, Union Transfer [SOLD OUT]
30 – Washington, DC, 9:30 Club [SOLD OUT]
2 – Cleveland, OH, The Roxy @ Mahall’s [SOLD OUT]
3 – Chicago, IL, Riviera Theatre [SOLD OUT]
4 – St. Paul, MN, Palace Theatre
6 – Denver, CO, Cervantes’ Masterpiece Ballroom [SOLD OUT]
7 – Salt Lake City, UT, The Union
9 – Portland, OR, Crystal Ballroom [SOLD OUT]
10 – Seattle, WA, Showbox SoDo [SOLD OUT]
12 – San Francisco, CA, The Warfield [SOLD OUT]
14 – Los Angeles, CA, The Bellwether [SOLD OUT]
15 – Los Angeles, CA, The Bellwether [SOLD OUT]
16 – San Francisco, CA, The Warfield
30 – Glasgow, UK, QMU [SOLD OUT]
31 – Manchester, UK, Ritz [SOLD OUT]
1 – Bristol, UK, SWX [SOLD OUT]
3 – London, UK, Troxy [SOLD OUT]
5 – Belfast, UK, Mandela Hall
6 – Dublin, IR, National Stadium
25-26 – Buenos Aires, AR @ Primavera Sound
4 – Santiago, CL, Teatro Coliseo
7 – Asunción, PY, Primavera Sound
9-10 – Bogotá, CO, Primavera Sound
16 – Amsterdam, Netherlands, Paradiso
17 – Paris, France, La Cigale
18 – Cologne, Germany, Live Music Hall
20 – Hamburg, Germany, Grosse Freiheit 36
21 – Copenhagen, Denmark, Vega
22 – Oslo, Norway, Sentrum Scene
23 – Stockholm, Sweden, Munchenbryggeriet
25 – Berlin, Germany, Columbiahalle
27 – Warsaw, Poland, Progresja
28 – Prague, Czech Rupublic, Divaldo Archa
29 – Munich, Germany Muffathalle
16 – Brighton, UK, Brighton Dome
17 – London, UK, Eventim Apollo
18 – Birmingham, UK, O2 Institute Birmingham
19 – Norwich, UK, LCR UEA
21 – Liverpool, UK, O2 Academy Liverpool
22 – Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, UK, NX
23 – Glasgow, UK, Barrowland Ballroom
24 – Edinburgh, UK, Liquid Rooms
26 – Cardiff, UK, Cardiff University Great Hall
27 – Manchester, UK, Manchester Academy
At the start of 2022, the Slowdive confirmed that they were working on their first new album since 2017’s self-titled effort.