This begins back in the winter when I heard that one of my all-time favorite bands Codeine was getting back together for a handful of shows, after being drafted out of dormancy for a Mogwai-curated ATP appearance.
Codeine, you may or may not remember, existed from about 1990-94 and put out 2 albums, an EP, and a few singles of the slowest, bleakest, most pathetic, most intense and in an odd way heaviest music of all time, before breaking up at their peak. They were Sub Pop's first non-grunge act, and they left a lot of people scratching their heads...but others like me at 19 were floored. They spawned many imitators, and well after their demise the word slowcore was coined by the sort of people who come up with dumb words. Calling Codeine a slowcore band is a bit like calling Joy Division a goth band, and at any rate they have a lot more in common with contemporaries like Slint, Bastro, Bitch Magnet and for that matter Joy Division, than with Low or Idaho.