Slint – Tweez

ARTIST: Slint                      220px-Tweez

TITLE: Tweez

YEAR RELEASED: 1989

CHART ACTION: None

SINGLES: None

OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: HAHAHAHAHAHAH

LINEUP: David Pajo, Brian McMahan, Britt Walford, Ethan Buckler

WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: Noisy Louisville band releases almost unheard and obscure record, but it gets them noticed in the Indy circles.

SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: Slint got together as musical friends in Louisville, where they seemed to be about the only people who had an ear for bands such as the Minutemen. As teenagers, they developed originals, and by 1987 went up to Illinois to record with Steve Albini.

The music definitely sounds like Big Black’s cousin band, with shrieky, shreddy guitars and a rumbling bass. The lyrics, though, were written in studio or just conversations, such as the opening where Brian McMahan complains about his headphones. The song titles were the first names of each band member’s parents, plus a pet.

Slint would later record their classic album (not that they knew it at the time), and Tweez is just an interesting afterthought.

NOTES & MINUTIAE: The album was released on their own label, paid for by a fan, Jennifer Hartman.

IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: No

GRADE: B: If you like Albini’s guitar and don’t mind some oddball meanderings and sounds (like someone drinking a glass of water), then by all means…

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