Towards the end of the ’80s and early ’90s, shoegaze had fallen out of favor with the heavyweights of music criticism. By the time grunge rolled around, it had just about gone the way of the dodo. But, there was staying power. Not a well populated genre by any means, there are only a few heroes within, and though they never had the mainstream visibility they once did, their followers are fierce and loyal.
Any doubt about that should be put to rest with the reunion tour of one of the heavyweights, Slowdive. The UK natives caught a lot of bad press because of the attacks by the press, but the sold out crowd at Union Transfer alone should be enough to hush any detractors. Bringing it low, slow, and dripping with reverb, not only did they sound great, they honestly looked great. Not that looks have anything to do with talent, but, seriously, they haven’t aged poorly by any means. Back to the show, as attractive as they all are, there was a lot of great music. Crashing guitars, soothing vocals, and a lovely light show all brought down the house.
Opening act Low, the definitive slower group, brought its A-game as well. I would have preferred a longer, more career-spanning set, but the songs played were all on point. While they haven’t really changed up their sound in the 20 or so years they’ve been around, they do it better than anyone.