As I mentioned in my previous post, last night I was at The Tivoli to witness the strange magic of Pavement. Malkmus, Kannberg, Ibold, West and Nastanovich were in rare form, taking me back to heady memories of when I had last seen them at the same venue in 1998.
Malkmus’ strangley hip calisthenics and off-kilter guitar were mesmerising; Nastanovich’s college-boy attitude was youthful and vibrant, his banter, hilarious (much talk of the ‘Bingle Bungle’); Ibold’s bass playing the embodiment of shoegazing-stoner-cool; West’s drumming the splashy mess that I first fell in love with; and Kannberg, who from what I can gather from last night’s banter has family in Brisbane, looked like he was playing to a home crowd.
The set list was killer, cramming in just about every song you could have dreamed of hearing… Better known tracks such as Stereo, Cut Your Hair, Shady Lane & Gold Soundz were featured alongside album favourites Rattled by the Rush, We Dance, Silence Kid, Grounded, Trigger Cut & Date w/ Ikea to name but a few.
Last night was more than nostalgia… music like this never ages and will continue to influence generations. Their twisted, lo-fi guitar masterpieces oozed charm and enchanted the sold out crowd.
For those who wanted to, but didn’t get there and for those who did and want to relive it a little, here is a podcast of their recent Sydney show – Pavement live in Sydney 4.3.2010.