Pavement frontman Stephen Malkmus visits Brighton & Hove, on Mon 25 Aug 2014, to dish some liberal helpings of his much-adored slacker rock.
There’s still a sense of continuity between his current output and the classic sloppy indie rock of his previous outfit. Not many acts can simply shrug off receiving a torrent of abuse on 90s cartoon Beavis and Butthead. It’s certainly an occasion that still gets referenced to this day (and this article) But Malkmus and Pavement shrugged it off, because they’re not really concerned if everyone doesn’t get it.
Roughly 20 years later, his next band operate under a similar state of single-mindedness. Across his whole back-catalogue, there exists a state of mind that shows they know what they’re making is wonderful, it’s just up to the rest of the world to realise it.
Coming across as a garage band trying out a new prog rock direction, Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks continue to pretend they’re not trying. But they are really. Any fans of scuzzy, haphazard, twisting melodies will find a lot to love here.
Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks play The Old Market, on Mon 25 Aug 2014.