PAVEMENT – ” Harness Your Hopes “

Posted: July 16, 2022 in MUSIC

It was only meant to be one show. If you’ve been following the Pavement reunion, you’ve probably heard Stephen Malkmus—the band’s fetishized chanteur—temper the significance of reunion número dos. He’s right, of course. They agreed to a Spanish sojourn, Primavera Sound, in order to shoot the breeze with old friends (Yo La Tengo, Dinosaur Jr., and Kim Gordon were among the alternarock greats from the stacked line-up) and, as Malkmus half-joked before anything further was announced, “I’m staying in a hotel right across the street, and I have immediate entrance, and there’s beer on tap anywhere I walk, and everyone likes me and stuff.” 

Asserting his trademark disinterest maintains self-preservation for both himself and his bandmates should the calls of “nostalgia bait” start to percolate. Thankfully, that’s not been the case. Indeed, unlike the perfunctory reunions of some of their peers , Pavement’s is off to an uncharacteristically auspicious start. “Originally we were going to play one show and then see if we fell in love again,” they told Primavera’s radio program, but with shows in 13 countries booked throughout the fall, it looks like the third iteration of Pavement gets the honeymoon that never was.

The “Harness Your Hopes” official music video, directed by Alex Ross Perry and starring Sophie Thatcher. “Harness Your Hopes” is featured on the upcoming re-issue of the ‘Spit on a Stranger’ EP, out April 8th on Matador Records.

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