Just two days after allegedly being involved in a fatal pedestrian accident near their hometown of Stockton, California on May 22nd, 2019, the band posted a mysterious billboard along Interstate 5 promising “Good Music is Coming” with no further explanation. Since then they have made several more announcements over social media.
On May 30th they tweeted from the official account: “We can confirm that Bob Nastanovich hit a man while driving and he died later that day.” The same day they also tweeted a photo from the band’s album Wowee Zowee with a caption reading “We decided to tour anyway.”
The band has since also tweeted a photo of their frontman Stephen Malkmus at the wheel of a car, and an image from the cover art of their debut album Slanted and Enchanted that reads “Slanted and Enchanted: Several Items Sold”. Lastly they have tweeted several photos over the past week from guitarist Scott Kannberg’s project Preston School of Industry including one reading “Preston School is In” and another featuring him with “stop sign” written on his hand.
In addition to multiple billboards across Los Angeles, New York City, Chicago, Philadelphia, Athens, GA, Austin TX and Brooklyn (home base of the band’s label Matador Records), Pavement has also announced a new album titled Wowee Zowee: Sordid Sentinels Edition that will be released on July 3rd, 2022.
As of press time, rumors are circulating that Kannberg and drummer Steve West were involved in an altercation at SXSW earlier this year when they were sideswiped by a vehicle containing members of Arcade Fire. Stay tuned to the Weekly for more details as we receive them.