Talking Hull City with… Stephen Malkmus

The erstwhile Pavement hero tells us why Hull City need a new striker in the January transfer window.

Stephen Malkmus & the Jicks
Stephen Malkmus & the Jicks… “Kiss and tell and make life Hull”

Did you know Stephen Malkmus is a Hull City fan? We didn’t, and he’s one of our all-time favourite musicians.

Once the front man of Pavement, Malkmus is now redoubling his legend with his band the Jicks, who release new album Wig Out at Jagbags on January 6th before swiftly embarking on a string of UK dates.

In amongst it all, he’ll look out for his beloved City, currently embroiled of course in the midst of a controversial rebranding to Hull City Tigers.

Speaking to the Grantland podcast, Malkmus had this to say of the plans:

I want to talk about the ownership. Football is not a typical commodity – but it is to the owner. People are grateful for the cash influx as long as they don’t go the way of Cardiff where they have to change the colour because red is lucky in Asia. That’s extra extreme.

Utterly thrilled by the twin revelations of forthcoming new album and Hull City fandom, we caught up with Malkmus for a conversation we simply couldn’t have envisaged until very recently…

First things first – would you consider changing the title of your song “Wow Ass Jeans” to “Windass Jeans”?

Absolutely, I’ll do that right now!

Aside from all the furore over the name change, what have been your thoughts on Hull this season?

Buying Tom Huddlestone from Tottenham has been a stroke of genius. He’s really improved the midfield.

I really like Sone Aluko too – he was a brilliant steal on a free from a bankrupt Rangers. He’ll light up the Premier League if he can avoid injuries, but unfortunately he’s out until February with a torn Achilles.

Robbie Brady is another young player who’s shone. He takes a great free kick.

What parts of the team would you like to see improved during the January transfer window?

Basically, we need a striker or we’re completely f*cked. We’ve had Danny Graham on a season-long loan from Sunderland but he’s yet to score. He’s been close, but not close enough.

Is it true that you did some recording in Hull with local band Salako? I’m not sure, but I think they might have been named after former Coventry City and Crystal Palace winger John Salako…

I’ve never recorded there but we were friends with the Salako people. Steve West, the drummer from Pavement, has his own band called Marble Valley that features Salako members and all these Hull guys. They’re basically a Hull band with one Pavement guy.

Andy Dimmock, a guitar tech to the stars, is a good friend of mine and probably why I’m a Hull City. He turned me like the MI5.

He started with Elastica and The Beautiful South and then became a guitar tech with Pavement. He works with Franz Ferdinand, Mogwai, Jarvis Cocker, all cool bands.

Are you a fan of cricket as well? I ask of course because of the reference to a wicket keeper in the Pavement song “Carrot Rope”.

I’m a fan of the game from being out on tour and being a bit of a sports junkie. When we were in Australia or England, there were times when that was the only game that was on in town.

I like watching it but if you wanted to watch a game in America then you’d have to stream it illegally. There were some Indian restaurants that would pay for the games, but other than that there’s not much cricket going on here.

Stephen Malkmus, thank you.

Wig Out At Jagbags will be released January 6th on Domino.

You can buy Wig Out At Jagbags on iTunes and on Amazon.

Further reading: check out Stephen Malkmus discussing the new album, and more besides, with our sister site Rocksucker!

Stephen Malkmus & the Jicks - Wig Out at Jagbags