Fame is fleeting and fickle, and the favor of taste-makers even more so. Ask British shoegaze progenitors Slowdive, whose first album in 20 years birthed a much-anticipated new tour. Critical darlings upon the release of its 1991 debut, the band found itself a victim of the alt-rock backlash that "If it doesn’t sound like Blur or Oasis, it's most certainly naff."
The non-stop critical drubbing had an effect on the band's decision to call it a day at the end of the 1990s. Today, in one of the most compelling rebirth stories of recent rock history, the band regrouped to release what is its strongest album, ever, "Slowdive." The slightly hazy, woozy wash of gauze-wrapped guitars is still there, but the melodies are robust, the drive at once unfussy and propulsive, the songs memorable and vibrant.
One can hear echoes of Slowdive's influence in a new generation of bands including the likes of Tame Impala and Grizzly Bear. Ticket demand on this current tour has been considerable which proves the point, for the umpteenth time, that good music endures, whatever the tastes of the moment may be.
Slowdive: 8 p.m. Nov. 9 at the Town Ballroom (681 Main St.). Tickets are $29 to $32 (box office, Ticketfly.com).