“I wanted to play like Johnny Marr, but I lacked the ability – or was too lazy. So we ended up with these big, beautiful drones”: Slowdive are one of shoegaze's most important bands – here's how they shaped a genre (and the pedal market)

Christian Savill performs with Slowdive at the Tomavistas Festival in Madrid, Spain on May 20, 2022
(Image credit: Mariano Regidor/Redferns/Getty Images)

It's been 30 years since the release of Slowdive's Souvlaki, a sublime amalgam of shoegaze and dream pop that shook the world and remains influential today.

Of course, no-one knew Souvlaki would amount to a transcendent statement, including Slowdive's guitarist, Christian Savill. “I knew Souvlaki was a good record,” he says. “And I remember being happy with that because it took us so long to reach that point.”

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Andrew Daly

Andrew Daly is an iced-coffee-addicted, oddball Telecaster-playing, alfredo pasta-loving journalist from Long Island, NY, who, in addition to being a contributing writer for Guitar World, scribes for Rock Candy, Bass Player, Total Guitar, and Classic Rock History. Andrew has interviewed favorites like Ace Frehley, Johnny Marr, Vito Bratta, Bruce Kulick, Joe Perry, Brad Whitford, Rich Robinson, and Paul Stanley, while his all-time favorite (rhythm player), Keith Richards, continues to elude him.