History has treated Codeine well. The trio formed in the immediate wake of Slint, taking cues from that band’s slowest moments. Pioneering a style that would later be called slow-core, Codeine’s sound is a haunted swirl of suspended guitar tones, crawling tempos defined by negative space and hushed vocals. Stark and minimal, yet passionate and aggressive, the band’s albums have aged very well, marking the trio as one of the 1990s most intriguing art-rock groups.
Formed in New York City in 1989 by bassist and singer Stephan Immerwahr, guitarist John Engle and drummer Chris Brokaw, the band’s genius lies in its approach to tempo. Taking the obvious indie rock influences of the Velvet Underground, early Sonic... Read More