Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks
With Pavement, Stephen Malkmus emerged as an unmistakable voice in nineties alternative rock: his wry lyricism and slapdash guitar licks became a guiding light for every purist who couldn’t identify with machismo stage poses and long gruff hair. But even for slacker savant Stephen Malkmus, the years are mounting: with his Jicks, his witty contrarianism gradually makes way for sincere sentiment. Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks’ latest LP Sparkle Hard counts eleven deft well-arranged pop songs, without losing the innate quirkiness of those yonder Pavement years.
It’s more flattering now than ever for young bands to be compared to Pavement, particularly Amsterdam’s very own Canshaker Pi, whose debut album Malkmus co-produced. Yet Stephen Malkmus remains one of a kind, and this year he is finally performing with The Jicks at Best Kept Secret!