Even though lo-fi rockers Pavement are returning to the studio to record
their fifth album in June, guitarist and songwriter Steve Malkmus has no
illusion that their new collection will be released in '98. A proposed
collection of live recordings by the band has also been shelved for the
"Matador Records has gotta work that Liz Phair album into the ground," he
deadpanned, referring to the anticipated summer release by Pavement's
Still, Malkmus said he hopes that his band's follow-up to the well-received
Brighten The Corners (1997) will be completed by November. That's
when he expects to hit the road as part of David Berman's Silver Jews,
whose forthcoming CD, The Late, Great Silver Jews, Berman and
Malkmus recently finished recording in New York.
Demos for the upcoming Pavement record are now circulating among
bandmembers, although lyrics are far from complete. The five-piece band --
Malkmus, Scott "Spiral Stairs" Kannberg (guitar), Mark Ibold (bass), Bob
Nastanovich (percussion) and Stephen West (drums) -- will head into Larry
Crane's Jackpot!! Studio in Portland, Ore., next month.
"We're going to rehearse there and hopefully get some good tracks there,
then we're going to go somewhere else that's probably a little more
high-tech to do the big rock thing," said Malkmus, 30, from New
York while on a break from mixing the Silver Jews album.
Shelved for the time being is any hope for a Pavement live album, which had
been discussed as a possibility for a summer release. Malkmus said that the
single European show that was to be the basis of the proposed album was
good, "but it didn't blow me away."
"We all decided it could be better," he said. "While die-hard fans would
like it, not everyone that hears it is gonna be a die-hard fan. We want to
turn some other heads, give them a wider representation of the band than
For now, the respected alt-rock band will concentrate on its next studio
effort while mulling the possibility of soliciting tapes from fans for a
future live release.