Pavement: Captains Of Industry

[caption id="attachment_157601" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Left to right: Scott Kannberg (sandals), Mark Ibold, Bob Nastanovich, Gary Young (hat), Stephen Maklmus, circa 1992. Photo courtesy Spiral Stairs Archive.[/caption] This article appears in the November/December 2015 issue, now available on newsstands.   Pay to the order of: _______Pavement_____ Pavement made their parents launder money. Back when the iconic ’90s band was just starting out, they would accrue great piles of cash on the road. When all those bills grew too unwieldy to manage, for reasons of pragmatism as well as security they would devise creative ways to deal with the problem. “I remember making my mom go to the bank with $8,000 of Pavement money,” recalls Bob Nastanovich, the band’s auxiliary drummer, multi-instrumentalist, hype man, and occasional tour manager. “The band was standing there in line with my mom as she deposited our $8,000 in ones, fives, tens, and twenties, and then she would write the band a check. She kinda sorta laundered money for us.” Nastanovich laughs genially at the memory of five road-weary musicians engaged in such a petty crime, but that was life for a midlevel rock band in the early 1990s, even for one that would define the indie…

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