Well goddamn, will you look at this: It appears there may actually still be a few reasonable people left in the world. When Pam Berry and Mike Schulman of Black Tambourine—the legendary short-lived, D.C. indie-pop band you’ve been hearing so much about of late, because of a new compilation of their work, and also because of their clear influence on bands like the Pains of Being Pure at Heart and Dum Dum Girls—were asked about the possibility of a reunion, here’s what they had to say:
Pam: A reunion show would be fun for me, because I miss the guys and it would ensure we were all in the same room again. I’d love to play the songs again, too! But it would be kinder to think of the audience in this instance. And realistically, we live too far away from each other for a reunion to happen easily. We all have really young kids that aren’t yet strong enough to come along as our roadies, and I’m still a nervous wreck when it comes to performing in front of people. If it didn’t go well, it would be such a bring-down! So I feel A-OK about not having a reunion show planned. A reunion BBQ would probably be better for all involved.
Mike: Yeah, I’m with Pam here. I think it would be super fun but it would be a huge bummer if we weren’t really great, which is more than a possibility. I do think one of the things that attracts people to the band is the mystery of not knowing what we might be like live. I’d hate to spoil that by getting our balding, paunchy selves (the guys that is, Pam is still her lovely self!) on stage and making a sub-standard racket.
I acknowledge that there’s probably not as much money on the table for a Black Tambourine reunion as there might be for a band like the Pavement or the Pixies, but it sure is refreshing to hear artists speak respectfully about the music they’ve made and how they’d like it to be remembered. Also, I would like to host BBQs for Jawbreaker and the Replacements.