Slowdive is a British shoegazing band formed in 1989. It signs a contract with Alan McGee's Creation label which publishes three albums. In 1995, Creation did not want to keep the group, so some members of the group (Goswell, Halstead and McCutcheon) formed Mojave 3.
The musical style of the band clearly belongs to the shoegazing movement, at least on the first two albums. Pygmalion is more sparse and more electronic, but the pieces of the group are still very melancholic. The group is reforming in 2014 for a series of concerts and the development of a fourth album to be released in May 2017.
Rachel Goswell, a big fan of the Smiths, and Neil Halstead have known each other since childhood. Christian Savill was previously in the Eternal group. The name of the band comes from two consecutive events: a dream that the bassist Nick Chaplin did and a conversation that followed with Goswell, who suggested Slowdive, the name of the eponymous single of one of his favorite bands, Siouxsie and the Banshees >>>.
The first demos come out at the same time as the EP Slowdive at the end of 1990 in England. The sound of the band is influenced by the Cocteau Twins and their label neighbors My Bloody Valentine, with intensive use of guitar effects and ethereal voices. The critics (NME and Melody Maker) are enthusiastic and two more EP are released in 1991. The first album Just for a Day is written and recorded in 6 weeks. He enters the top 40 albums in England.