CRACKS IN THE PAVEMENT

Stephen Malkmus confirms the news to NME.COM after months of speculation...

PAVEMENT have split, frontman STEPHEN MALKMUS has told NME.COM – ending months of speculation about the future of the band.

He said he realised the end was in sight for Pavement after a gig at the Liverpool Lomax in March 1998. “The Lomax tries a man’s soul, plumbs the very core of his being. Needless to say, I came out of that gig a changed man.”

Malkmus’ statements run contrary to the official Pavement line, which claims the band are merely taking a break. In a recent chat with NME.COM, founder member Scott Kannberg also refused to confirm the band had split.

Malkmus said: “Pavement is definitely finished, as for why Scott would not comment…it is a hard one for me to figure out. Maybe he hadn’t figured out how to say it the right way.”

Malkmus’s first solo release is titled ‘Swedish Reggae’ and will be released on February 12, 2001 through Domino.

The 14-track album boasts all new material and was recorded with new band mates Joanna Bolme on bass and John Moen on drums.

Describing the record, Malkmus said: “I hate to say it, but it is the same as Pavement but with a different rhythm section. I wish it was a big departure but is hard to depart from yourself without being a poseur! The live show won’t be as fun – at least at first. But maybe I can step out more on the guitar. Just what the world needs – more guitar solos.”

It’s likely that Malkmus will return to the UK to promote the album next year, though no dates have yet been confirmed.