Pavement Drummer Gary Young Retires : Pavement drummer Gary Young has retired. His age was 70. Pavement lead singer Stephen Malkmus recently posted a touching statement on X, formerly Twitter. He contemplated the event and asked, “Pavement drumming? Press record and “let it flow”… He had absolute control.”
The band officially stated on Instagram, “Garrit Allan Robertson Young is the soul that put Pavement on the music map.” All songs from ‘Slay Track’s 7’ through ‘Watery, Domestic’ EP was made in his Louder Than You Think studio and have his mark.
He was destined to play drums in music. Because of their odd rhythms, his Mamaroneck, New York-born beats sounded like they were from another planet. Born on May 3, 1952, the writer remarked, “Pavement would have remained hidden without Gary’s aura. He was mysterious. He was magnetic, charming, and straddled reality and imagination. We never had a bigger brother or sister like our spiritual grandfather. Gary, affectionately known as “The Rotting Man,” was distinctive.
Pavement’s company, Matador Records, posted on Instagram, “We were lucky to meet Gary Young, a drummer, producer, and solo genius. We pray for his family, friends, and fellow artists during this difficult time.
The reason he left is unknown. Young’s life documentary Louder Than You Think premiered at SXSW and earned an audience award. The film explores Gary Young’s world well. It examines his drug problems, odd stage antics, and unintended role in lo-fi music. The documentary recounts how he helped Pavement become famous and what led to his downfall.
Young told Vice 2015 how he met Stephen Malkmus and Scott Kannberg when Pavement started. They met at The Fall of Christianity gigs and collaborated on their debut EP and album, Slanted and Enchanted (1992), at Young’s home studio. No drummer was in their band when they started. So I ran, “Young said. “I wasn’t sure what to make of their sound at first. I told my New York pals about this bizarre record I helped create but couldn’t classify it.
After reflecting, he stated, “I realized years later that we had made something very important.” But it needed time and effort to realize its size.