Country of Origin: United States
Evolving from ramshackle pioneers of the burgeoning lo-fi movement after first forming as a studio project in 1989 into “the finest rock band of the ‘90s” (Robert Christgau, Village Voice), Pavement came as close as any band to conquering the independent rock scene of the 1990s, with critics and audiences united in a love affair with the band stretching across five studio albums. The titles alone read like a shorthand for high-points in late 20th Century American independent rock: “Slanted and Enchanted”, “Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain”, “Wowee Zowee”, “Brighten the Corners”, “Terror Twilight”.
Founded in Stockton, California in 1989 by Steven Malkmus and Scott Kannberg, Pavement recorded a string of seminal EPs starting with “Slay Tracks (1933-1969)”, Pavement emerged as a live band in 1992 just prior to the release of their debut LP “Slanted and Enchanted”. Settling on the long-term lineup of Malkmus, Kannberg, Ibold, Nastanovich and West in 1993 with “Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain”, Pavement’s legend was cemented with breakthrough singles including “Cut Your Hair” and a formidable live reputation.