The impossibly influential and somewhat mysterious Slint established its earliest roots when, in 1981, at the ages of eleven and twelve, guitarist Brian McMahan and drummer Britt Walford began playing together in Louisville, KY. In 1984, Britt Walford and guitarist David Pajo started collaborating musically at the ages of fourteen and sixteen. 1985 saw the origination of Slint itself, the band then comprising Britt Walford, David Pajo, and bassist Ethan Buckler. Brian McMahan joined the following year.

In 1987, Slint recorded their debut album, "Tweez", with Steve Albini behind the board in Chicago and released it on the short-lived and enigmatic Jennifer Hartman Records and Tapes label. At this time, Ethan Buckler departed and was replaced on bass by Todd Brashear. 1989 saw the recording of their untitled EP, engineered by Steve Albini, mixed by Brian Paulson, and eventually released by Touch and Go Records.

In 1990, Slint recorded the landmark "Spiderland" album in Chicago with Brian Paulson both engineering and mixing. This release, in particular, became an independent music touchstone, loved and admired by hundreds of thousands of fans and emulated by a generation of musicans. The following year, the year in which "Spiderland" was issued by Touch and Go, Slint broke up. For almost fourteen years, the members did not perform together as Slint.

In 2005, however, the band reformed for a brief series of very special appearances. The October 2004 confirmation of their intent to headline and curate the All Tomorrow's Parties festival event in Camber Sands, UK in February 2005 caused the quickest sell-out in ATP history. A run of headline dates was added making the full itinerary for this one-time event as follows:

February 22, 2005_Louisville, KY_W.L. Lyons Brown Theatre

February 26, 2005_Camber Sands (UK)_All Tomorrow’s Parties

March 1, 2005_London (UK)_Kentish Town Forum

March 2, 2005_London (UK)_Kentish Town Forum

March 3, 2005_Reims (F)_La Cartonnerie

March 4, 2005_Bologna (I)_Teatro Polivalente Occupato

March 6, 2005_Dublin (IR)_Vicar Street

March 9, 2005_San Francisco, CA_ Great American Music Hall

March 10, 2005_San Francisco, CA_Great American Music Hall

March 11, 2005_San Francisco, CA_Great American Music Hall

March 12, 2005_Seattle, WA_The Showbox

March 13, 2005_ Los Angeles, CA_ Avalon

March 17, 2005_New York, NY_ Irving Plaza

March 18, 2005_New York, NY_Irving Plaza

March 19, 2005_New York,_NY Irving Plaza

March 20, 2005_Boston, MA_ The Roxy

March 21, 2005_Philadelphia, PA_ Theatre of the Living Arts

March 22, 2005_Washington, DC _9:30 Club

March 24, 2005_Chicago, IL_Metro

March 25, 2005_ Chicago, IL_Metro

March 26, 2005_Chicago, IL_Park West