Dean Wareham plays Galaxie 500

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Dean Wareham plays Galaxie 500

Back in the pre-internet dark ages of indie music, it was commonly accepted that many of the best bands wouldn't be properly appreciated until after they'd split up. So it was with Galaxie 500, who despite enjoying a cult following in their native USA – and a rather more substantial audience in the UK – never really amounted to all that much in the course of their short lifetime. In retrospect, the group's dreamy, narcoleptic jams were the missing link between post-punk and later developments like shoegaze and slowcore. After a far-from-amicable breakup, husband-and-wife rhythm section Naomi Yang and Damon Krukowski went on to form the duo Damon & Naomi, while frontman Dean Wareham spent most of the '90s rocking out with Luna. He's recently returned to the songs of Galaxie 500, albeit without his former bandmates – that's what you get for splitting up over the phone. Wareham stops off in Tokyo before playing at Asagiri Jam this weekend.