"Pavement" was an American indie rock band in the 1990s. Although they experienced only moderate commercial success, they achieved a significant cult following, and their music has been a major influence on many bands of the late 1990s and beyond. They are largely considered as one of the first rock bands of the current age to gain a moderately wide degree of success without the support of a major label. In effect, the band gave rise to a deluge of indie rock bands who have succeeded on that same premise.
Beginnings and ''Slanted & Enchanted''
Pavement formed in Stockton, California, in 1989 as a studio project of guitarists and vocalists Stephen Malkmus and Scott Kannberg, known originally only as "S.M." and "Spiral Stairs," respectively. Their debut EPs were extremely lo-fi releases titled ''Slay Tracks (1933-1969)'', ''Demolition Plot J-7'', and ''Perfect Sound Forever''. They were recorded at Louder Than You Think, the home studio of infamous Stockton local and former hippie Gary Young. The eccentric and aging hipster also provided drums. Upon first hearing the duo's songs, Young was quoted as saying, "this Malkmus idiot is a complete songwriting genius." http...
|years active||1989 – 1999|
|country||Stockton, California, United States|
|music genre|| Indie Rock|
|current members|| (left to right)|
Scott Kannberg aka Spiral Stairs
Stephen Malkmus aka S.M.
Steve West (pavement)
|past members||Gary Young|