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Pavement’s Scott Kannberg: ‘We start rehearsals in the new year!’

Pavement guitarist Scott ‘Spiral Stairs’ Kannberg has explained how the reunited band are going to prepare for their first gigs in over a decade.

The band yesterday (September 16) confirmed they are to reunite, and announced their first date, which will take place in New York on September 21, 2010 in Central Park.

Kannberg said the reunion came about naturally after a recent phone conversation between him and singer Stephen Malkmus.

“Steve and I just had a conversation on the phone, and we’d never talked about it before at all. We’ve talked over the years, but the subject never came up,” he told Rolling Stone. “Then our agent asked us about these New York shows, so we went around to everybody in the band, and they said, ‘Yeah, the time is right. If everybody’s ready to do it, then we’ll do it and see what happens’. There was no real impetus – it just kind of happened naturally.”

The guitarist added that the band are now planning to reconvene in early 2010 for rehearsals.

“We’ll do some rehearsing in the new year,” he said. “The Central Park shows, we’ll probably end up doing one or two of those. There’s festivals and stuff that we’re talking to, like Coachella. After that, anything that happens in the future is in the future.”

Speaking about what he wanted from the reformation, Kannberg said the band are all adamant that the gigs shouldn’t seem forced.

“It’s not gonna be like Echo And The Bunnymen, where they don’t talk to each other, yet they tour every year. I flew in to see them do ‘Ocean Rain’ at Radio City last year, and it was good, but it wasn’t the same, you know? I don’t think we’ll be that way. We’re not still trying to flog a record or anything. It’ll probably feel like we’re just starting again. It’ll be fun to play these songs.”

He also revealed that original drummer Gary Young may make an appearance with the band, saying: “Eventually it might be fun to do something with Gary at some point as well. We love Gary.”

In the meantime, Scott ‘Spiral Stairs’ Kannberg will be releasing a solo album, ‘The Real Feel’, on October 4