Experimental four-piece Slint have often been cited as the fore-fathers of post-rock. Given the release of the punky, gripping Tweez, produced by the legendary Steve Albini, in 1989, I can only imagine the anticipation among hardcore fans that surrounded this album before its release. Needless to say, Slint met and, in the eyes of many, exceeded the expectations set by their debut on this seminal underground classic.
Breadcrumb Trail: The math rock masterpiece that is Spiderland opens with a soft, spoken word narrative from vocalist Brian McMahan, full of cryptic, surreal metaphors describing a run in with a carnival fortune teller. The soft, jangly guitar lead, played by David Pajo, soon descends into a thick, abrasive assault of grungey, distorted heaviness which automatically brings to mind the various contemporary acts that have drawn influence from Slint, namely La Dispute and Shellac, but not, for me, a single predecessor.