Pavement have announced details of their new album and have talked about their role as racehorse owners!
Frontman Steve Malkmus said that the album, called ‘Terror Twilight’, will be released on June 8 on Domino, with a single, ‘Carrot Rope’, preceding it in May.
He had hoped the first single would be ‘Spit On A Stranger’, the first track to be released from the LP in the US, but radio pluggers in the UK disagreed.
“We think ‘Carrot Rope’ is a bit of a novelty hit,” he said. “Well, more annoying than novelty. It irritates me anyway. I like ‘Spit On A Stranger’ but apparently (adopts English accent) it’s not a summer cracker!”
Pavement plan to play a “small, intimate” London gig around the single’s release, before returning to the UK to appear at festivals later in the year. The band have yet to decide which to plump for.
The album, the band’s fifth and the follow-up to 1997’s ‘Brighten The Corners’, was produced by Nigel Godrich, who worked on Radiohead‘s ‘OK Computer’. It is the first time Pavement have let anyone take control of the desk.
The album was recorded over the past two months at RPM in New York and at Mayfair and RAK in London. It comprises 11 tracks, including the two singles, plus ‘Major Leagues’, ‘Platform Blues’ and ‘The Hex’.
Malkmus explained: “It’s kind of psychedelic compared to some of our other things – more delays and reverb. We’ve always had a stoner quality in our music and some of it has been brought to the fore, so it’s more trippy.”
He continued that they had adopted more studio gimmickry rather than rely on guitar effects, so that the sound was more “in your face”, yet “more polished”.
He added: “It’s still us. I don’t think Pavement fans are going to be freaked out when they hear it. We’re just trying to make an interesting album.”
Meanwhile, Malkmus explained that they had decided not to appear at next month’s Bowlie Festival at Camber Sands because they did not want to miss their favourite horse race The Kentucky Derby, and also they wanted to see their own horse, Speedy Service, make his debut on the racetrack, albeit in a lower-class gallop than the Derby.
He said the two-year-old gelding had cost ‘3,000 and the band had owned him since he was a foal. “That’s why we can’t do the Bowlie. We’ve got to stay for the horse! And who knows, in 2015 we might have a horse racing in the Derby too.”