Kings of slacker rock hit Berlin as part of their reunion tour to promote their wonderful best of and outtakes collection “Quarantine The Past” which has just come out on Domino.
[audio:02 Elevate Me Later.mp3]The fact that the gig has already been relocated from Astra to the Columbiahalle is proof if proof was needed of the bands continuing popularity. Support comes from a great two-piece indie band and Domino label mates Quasi who are also not to be missed.
Pavement / Shady Lane
Pavement mark the point when post-punk turned into alternative rock. When their first EP, Slay Tracks (1933-1969), was released in 1989, it sparked a back-to-the-garage movement in the American underground. While there were a number of hardcore and punk bands in the U.S. during the late ’80s, Pavement brought guitar pop back into the underground lexicon.
Pavement / Cut Your Hair
Combining ringing guitar hooks with mumbled, cryptic lyrics and a D.I.Y. aesthetic borrowed from post-punk, the band simultaneously sounded traditional and modern. Though there were no overt innovations in their music, Pavement had an identity and sense of purpose that transformed the American underground.
Columbiahalle C Halle | Columbiadamm 13-21 | 10965 Berlin