Here's kind of a crazy realization: Stephen Malkmus has been performing and recording with The Jicks longer than he played and recorded with Pavement. But following Pavement's reunion (I saw them at Coachella 2010, and had one of those mythic "Brochella Moments" with a complete stranger during "Cut Your Hair"), all anyone could say in response to the Jick's 2011 release Mirror Traffic was how much it sounded like Pavement.
Of course the record doesn't sound entirely unlike Pavement, especially light of Real Emotional Trash's heavy, prog-rock intricacy. In comparison, Mirror Traffic is lighter, breezier, and spunkier. It doesn't sound like exactly like Pavement, but given Malkmus' singular voice, it's hard not to draw parallels.
"I like Real Emotional Trash, I love that record, and I think the songs are great, but after touring it heavily I think we got a little burnt on playing a bunch of nine-minute songs," says Jicks bassist Joanna Bolme. "They were kind of darker or something. I think we were feeling a little bit lighter, and wanted to express a more sunny side of the band, I guess."
Up on the Sun caught up with Bolme to discuss Malkmus' relocation to Berlin, the future of the Jicks, and "jamming out."
Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks are scheduled to perform Friday, February 24 at Crescent Ballroom.