Could Matador birthday show be Stephen Malkmus' band's final gig?
Pavement hinted about their future during a gig in Las Vegas last night (October 1).
The California band brought the first day of indie label Matador‘s 21st birthday celebrations to a close with an 18-song set plagued by sound problems at the Pearl Ballroom in the Palms Casino.
There was an icy atmosphere on stage, with frontman Stephen Malkmus and the other four members barely acknowledging each other, while guitarist Scott Kannberg kicked his monitor and smashed his guitar into his amp in frustration at not being able to hear what he was playing.
Speaking during the set, Malkmus appeared to hint that it may be the reformed band’s last gig together.
“It’s great that Matador organised this event,” he said. “I think it’s going to be important that you came here.”
The band reformed in 2009 for a string of dates, but have yet to announce further plans.
Playing their first gig in the city since 1994, the band were on fine form when not plagued by technical difficulties, rolling out hits ‘Shady Lane’, ‘Cut Your Hair’ and closer ‘AT&T’.
Malkmus later picked out a member of the front row he recognised, saying: “I remember you. You were a bad girl in New York. You threw up in our bathroom,” before breaking into ‘She Believes’.
‘Elevate Me Later’
‘Conduit For Sale’
‘Starlings Of The Slipstream’
‘Cut Your Hair’
‘Shoot The Singer’
Earlier in the evening, Japanese power punk trio Guitar Wolf kicked things off, followed by Chavez, Fucked Up and Sonic Youth, who delivered a mesmerising set which included ‘Candle’ and ‘The Sprawl’ from their 1988 classic ‘Daydream Nation’.