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Pavement Open London Residency With 31-Song Set

Pavement began their four-night residency at London’s Brixton Academy in some style on Monday night, May 10, playing a mammoth 31-song set at the same venue that hosted their final show before breaking up 11 years ago.

The significance of the venue was not lost on the indie veterans, with guitarist Scott Kannberg — aka Spiral Stairs — remarking that the Academy is a “very special place for us,” also noting that “Liverpool is all right, too.” The between-song banter continued when Kannberg described seeing the Streets and EMF at the Academy, saying of the latter gig, “I tried to take Ecstasy, and it didn’t work.”

A packed house enjoyed a support set from seasoned New Zealand rockers the Clean, before Pavement appeared to plough through a set that concentrated on the early-to-mid period of the band’s original lifespan, which lasted from 1989 to 1999. Crowd-pleasers included ‘Gold Soundz,’ ‘Range Life,’ ‘Cut Your Hair’ and the only track from their final album, ‘Terror Twilight,’ ‘Spit on a Stranger.’

The 1990s slacker heroes reformed for the Brixton shows, from May 10 to 13, and will also play at the All Tomorrow’s Parties festival at Butlins, Minehead, this weekend of May 14 to 16, as well as Barcelona’s Primavera Sound on May 27 to 29.

The full set list from the first night at Brixton was:

‘Silence Kit’
‘Box Elder’
‘Father to a Sister of Thought’
‘Shady Lane’
‘In the Mouth a Desert’
‘Gold Soundz’
‘Summer Babe’
‘Kennel District’
‘No Life Singed Her’
‘Fight This Generation’
‘Range Life’
‘Two States’
‘Trigger Cut’
‘Starlings of the Slipstream’
‘Spizzle Trunk’
‘Spit on a Stranger’
‘Elevate Me Later’
‘Rattled By the Rush’
‘Cut Your Hair’
‘We Dance’
‘Date w/Ikea’
‘Debris Slide’
‘Give It a Day’
‘Stop Breathin”
‘Conduit for Sale’