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Slint is a rock band consisting of Brian McMahan (guitar and vocals), David Pajo (guitar), Britt Walford (drums), Todd Brashear (bass on Spiderland) and Ethan Buckler (bass on Tweez). They formed in Louisville, Kentucky in the late eighties from the remains of Squirrel Bait.

Slint's first album Tweez, produced by Steve Albini and released in obscurity on the Jennifer Hartman label in 1989, was followed two years later by the critically acclaimed Spiderland. Released on Touch and Go Records (which also re-released Tweez), Spiderland is considered a seminal work and considered the first true post rock album. It is a largely instrumental album characterised by its dark, syncopated rhythms, sparse guitar lines and haunting subject matter. Spiderland ushered in a new wave of bands who sought a move away from the unfettered aggression of hardcore punk but not its underlying ethic. Spiderland culminates in the baleful "Good Morning Captain," perhaps their most recognised track (it would later feature on the soundtrack to the Larry Clark film Kids, though not in the film itself). In 1994, Slint released a brief untitled EP.

Members of Slint have since appeared in a number of bands. David Pajo, Slint's former guitarist, currently performs under the moniker of Papa M and is the current bass player for the NYC street metal band Early Man. Pajo also was a member of Tortoise, Palace, and the Billy Corgan-fronted rock band Zwan before their breakup in 2003. Guitarist Brian McMahan formed The For Carnation in 1996 and also played with Palace. Britt Walford played drums in Evergreen, and, under the name Shannon Doughton, for The Breeders on the album Pod. Ethan Buckler plays in King Kong.

Long since disbanded, three members of Slint — Brian McMahan, David Pajo, and Britt Walford — reunited to curate at the 2005 All Tomorrow's Parties music festival in England, and played a small number of shows in the U.S.

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