Scott Kannberg

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Scott Kannberg
Birth name Christopher Scott Kannberg[1]
Also known as Spiral Stairs
Born (1966-08-30) August 30, 1966 (age 50)
Stockton, California[1]
Genres Indie rock
Instruments Guitar, vocals, Bass guitar
Labels Matador Records, Domino Records, Drag City
Associated acts Pavement, Preston School of Industry

Christopher Scott Kannberg (born August 30, 1966), known professionally as Scott Kannberg and Spiral Stairs, is a musician best known for being a founding member of the indie-rock band Pavement. He also headed the band Preston School of Industry, and has been a solo artist.


Kannberg was a childhood friend of Stephen Malkmus, both of them growing up in Stockton, California. Together they would form the band Pavement under the pseudonyms "Spiral Stairs" and "SM", respectively. Kannberg wrote and sang lead vocals on several Pavement songs, including "Painted Soldiers", "Hit the Plane Down", "Kennel District", "Date With IKEA", and "Passat Dream". After Pavement disbanded he formed a new band called Preston School of Industry on Matador Records. The band released two albums and an EP, but became inactive in 2004.

He released his first solo album in 2009.


With Pavement[edit]

See Pavement discography.

With Preston School of Industry[edit]

Solo (as 'Spiral Stairs')[edit]

External links[edit]


  1. ^ a b California Births, 1905 - 1995, Christopher S. Kannberg