Shoegaze pioneers Slowdive made an explosive return this year after a two decade hiatus from making music as a band.
Sugar For The Pill is the second single we heard from their brilliant new self-titled LP, which came out just a few months back, and in an instalment of the podcast Song Exploder, singer/guitarist from the band, Neil Halstead has broken down how the track came together.
Listen to Slowdive pull apart the making of ‘Sugar For The Pill’: the influence of Wuthering Heights, the gulls that inhabit singer/guitarists hometown and guitar pedals.
Halstead explains how the opening line from the track describing a “blizzard of gulls , drumming in the wind” was inspired by his hometown of Newquay in Cornwall. He also talks about how the central riff came to fruition on an acoustic guitar before he added the all-important wash of delay that gives the song its character.
Check out the chat below.
We spoke with Halstead recently for issue 5 of Happy Mag – as well as Ride’s Mark Gardener – about the return of shoegaze in 2017.