Pavement Reunion Confirmed for 2010: “It Happened Naturally” Says Kannberg in Exclusive Interview

September 17th, 2009 by Rob Sheffield Leave a reply »

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Every year, that “Pavement reunion” rumor comes around, and every year it’s a load of hooey, right? Right. Until now. Because this time it’s true. Via an exclusive Rolling Stone interview, in a late-night call from Australia, Pavement guitarist Scott “Spiral Stairs” Kannberg confirms that the Nineties’ finest indie rockers are finally going back to those gold soundz. “It’s been a long time coming,” Kannberg says. “I think in the back of our minds, we always thought we’d do something again. But we never really talked about it until the last couple of months. It’s come together fast.”

Typically for Pavement, the decision to get back together was made in a lackadaisical way. Says Kannberg, “Steve [Malkmus] and I just had a conversation on the phone, and we’d never talked about it before at all. We’ve talked over the years, but the subject never came up. Then our agent asked us about these New York shows, so we went around to everybody in the band, and they said, ‘Yeah, the time is right If everybody’s ready to do it, then we’ll do it and see what happens.’ There was no real impetus — it just kind of happened naturally.”

Right now, there’s only one gig booked, a benefit at Central Park Summerstage on September 21, 2010. Says Kannberg, “We’ll do some rehearsing in the new year. The Central Park shows, we’ll probably end up doing one or two of those. There’s festivals and stuff that we’re talking to, like Coachella. After that, anything that happens in the future is in the future.”

Pavement played their last show in 1999, but since then, they’ve inspired constant wishful-thinking buzz about reunion shows, much like the Smiths or the Stone Roses. Their catalog has grown with the deluxe Matador editions of their maddeningly awesome Nineties records — Sla...

Article Source: Rolling Stone : Rock and Roll Daily


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