Abstract pop rockers Pavement plan to hit the road in support of their
fifth album, Terror Twilight (June 8), in early June, touring
nightclubs for one month in most major U.S. markets.
With many of the dates open to all ages, the tour will kick off with a
pair of shows at First Avenue in Minneapolis on June 7 and 8. Then it
will wind through Detroit, Toronto, Boston, New York, Philadelphia,
Washington and Atlanta, concluding with a swing of West Coast dates in
The venues of the Atlanta and West Coast shows will be announced soon,
according to Matador Records spokesperson Deborah Orr.
Terror Twilight was produced by Nigel Godrich (Beck, Radiohead)
and features the languid tune "Spit on a Stranger," with the striking
refrain: "Now I see the long, the short, the middle and what's in between/
I could spit on a stranger, you're a bitter stranger." The atmospheric
"The Hexx" is reminiscent of the band's last album, Brighten the
Corners (1997), which opened with the infectious, anthemic
The new album opens with images of Capistrano, Calif., swallows: "God
installed that radar in your pointy little beak so you'd return," sings
frontman Stephen Malkmus.
Pavement are expected to launch their new official website
(www.pavementtheband.com) within the week. The site is expected eventually
to include downloadable MP3 files taken from live Pavement bootlegs,
guitarist Scott Kannberg said. The guitarist also said the group may
post live recordings from its upcoming tour while still on the road.
"There's lots of stuff we want to offer eventually," Kannberg said.
"We're going to bring a digital recorder with us on tour. So we were
thinking if there's a good version of some song we play one night, we'll
just download it to the site."
The group -- which also includes drummer Steve West, bassist Mark Ibold
and percussionist Bob Nastanovich -- was born in Stockton, Calif., in
the late '80s and has blazed its own trail over four full-length albums
and several EPs. With a mix of cryptic lyrics, off-kilter time signatures
and untraditional pop structures, Pavement have released a number of
critically acclaimed albums, including their 1992 full-length debut,
Slanted and Enchanted and 1994's Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain,
which featured the radio semi-hit "Cut Your Hair."
The new 11-track album features the songs "Folk Jam," "You Are The Light,"
"Cream of Gold," "Major Leagues," "Platform Blues," "Ann Don't Cry,"
"Billie," "Speak, See, Remember" and " ... and Carrot Rope." The "Spit
On a Stranger" CD single will contain the bonus tracks "Harness Your
Hopes," "Roll At the Wind" and two songs that are still untitled.
Pavement Tour Dates:
June 7-8; Minneapolis, Minn.; First Avenue
June 10-11; Chicago, Ill.; Metro/Smart Bar
June 12; Detroit, Mich.; St. Andrew's Hall
June 13; Toronto, Ontario; The Guvernment
June 15; Boston, Mass.; The Roxy
June 16-17; New York, N.Y.; Irving Plaza
June 18; Philadelphia, Pa.; Trocadero
June 19; Washington, D.C.; 9:30 Club
June 22; Atlanta, Ga.; to be announced
June 23; Atlanta, Ga.; to be announced
July 7-8; Los Angeles, Calif.; to be announced
July 9-10; San Francisco, Calif.; to be announced
July 13; Portland, Ore.; to be announced
July 14; Vancouver, British Columbia; to be announced
(SonicNet Staff Writer Chris Nelson contributed to this report.)