Scene & Heard
’90s slow-core pioneers Codeine return
Codeine (bassist-singer Stephen Immerwahr, guitarist John Engle, and drummer Chris Brokaw) was a Sub Pop band during the heyday of alternative rock, and carved out a small niche that created its own legacy. The trio’s supremely understated tempos, pinpoint precision, dissonant guitars, and numbly recited vocals gave rise to a style eventually called “slow-core,” exemplified in different ways by bands such as Bedhead, Low, and the Boston-based Galaxie 500. Codeine has reunited for a tour that comes to Brighton Music Hall on Saturday.