The Pavement revival continues apace with Chicago’s Clearance. Rapid Reward is their debut album packed full of youthful pop guitar hooks and a objective lyrical wit. An absorbingly addictive and well crafted album despite the obvious derivation. Out on vinyl LP on Tall Pat Records / Unsatisfied Records.
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7/10 Clinton Staff review, 18 January 2017
Well we all like Pavement don't we? And all the bands that sound like Pavement. And all the bands that sound like bands that sound like Pavement. It's very possible that Clearance fall into the latter category but by gaw do they sound like Pavement. Often this is not a band thing at all. The voice of singer Mike Bellis is a dead ringer for Malkmus as it spouts words over the skewed indie-rock. It's all well and good just sounding like Pavement but Clearance have good songs too. A few minutes in you might think 'You've Been Pre-Approved' was just standard Velvet's influenced indie-rock but it then bursts into a cracking chorus before the whole thing ends before you turn around and wonder what happened.
But this lot are versatile. They don't just do fast Pavement, they do slow Pavement too on 'No Glance You Took' which has that almost Christmassy feel that happens on some of Pavement's more tear-drenched numbers. So if you miss Pavement then this is the perfect substitute. I reckon if this was the new Pavement album you'd be pretty happy with it. In fact at a couple of points I forgot that I wasn't listening to Pavement. They rarely veer from their vision. Perhaps 'Parlance Quote' (check that title) has a bit of the 3Ds in it but then the vocals come in and again it's Pavement.
Recommended to fans of Pavement. Also the artwork is recommended to Pavement fans. Type set definitely has a huge Pavement influence. Come to think of it the band photo looks a little like Pavement.
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