“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.”
“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.”
(quotes via Rolling Stone.)
Predictably, this makes me as excited as a little girl. It’s not quite as titillating as last year’s My Bloody Valentine reunion, simply because it seemed like that amazing band was going to be lost to history forever. Nor do I expect it to be as fulfilling, ultimately, as the original lineup of Dinosaur Jr.’s return in 2005, because those three dudes know how to put on a live show. And of course the second coming of Pavement would be tiny tomatoes next to confirmation that the Smiths were getting back together—which I have finally accepted will never happen. But this is an exciting development for a lot of people. More importantly, me.
So what other bands are we waiting on to re-form now? The only answer: Ride. And Archers of Loaf. And Guided By Voices. And Kyuss. And Soundgarden. But mainly just Ride.
Here is a live performance of my favorite Pavement song. Enjoy.