One of the tough things with this "reunion" is that many of the bands fans are relatively newcomers over the past 10 years (and have never seen the band live, though they've probably seen SM do his thing). I'm not sure how the live experience is coming across as the songs are not exactly faithful versions of the bands songs (the sound is somewhat muddled and the tuning/playing rather lazily sloppy). It's not slacker rock. It's I'm getting paid rock. It's sort of a sound version of what I call "festival terrorism", which is when a band plays songs that their fans don't know or are not as familiar with. It's not a Phish concert, right? It's all about entertainment, right? Give the fans what they want.
Some of the videos culled from the website below seem rather lackluster.
I checked out the show at the Fox Theater in Pomona. I've seen Pavement about 5 times. Best one was when they filmed the Reverb show at Cane's. The worst was Coachella. This was the longest I've ever ... more
...They sold out here 4,500 Brixton venue x 4 nights here...with the vast majority standing. Some songs were 4 or 5 rows deep bouncing up and down....but strangely, after chanting for debris slide... more
Well was I all shite! That was one awesome show. It was almost as if I was transported to June 1997 (when they played the Glass House a street over). Like you say, that was the longest show I've seen ... more
So much energy on stage, I can't get over how they didn't dissapoint at all, songs are mostly early stuff ( absolutley no tt) over three gigs in Melbourne. Amazing to here sm and spiral singing... more