Spiderland is mythic in the telling of its creation: months spent rehearsing, with hours at a time spent practicing a single riff so that one guitar would strum a chord upwards precisely as the other was strumming downwards; lyrics neither written nor committed to until they entered the studio; a mere four days spent recording; and stories of band members institutionalised due to the stress and trauma of the creative process. As with all modern myths, some elements are apocryphal, others slight exaggerations, but all underlined by the true and the extraordinary. Throw into this mix the fact that by the time of Spiderland’s release in 1991, Slint had already disbanded, you have more than enough material to spin an intriguing yarn.
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