Watery, Domestic

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Watery, Domestic
EP by
ReleasedNovember 25, 1992
GenreIndie rock, noise pop
LabelMatador (US), Big Cat (UK)
Pavement chronology
Slanted and Enchanted
Watery, Domestic
Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic2.5/5 stars[1]
Christgau's Consumer GuideA–[2]
Entertainment WeeklyB–[3]
The New Rolling Stone Album Guide4/5 stars[4]
Spin1/1 star[5]
Spin Alternative Record Guide6/10[6]

Watery, Domestic is an EP by Pavement.

The record marked the recording debuts of both Bob Nastanovich and Mark Ibold on percussion and bass respectively - although both had been touring members for some time, the debut album, Slanted and Enchanted and the preceding EPs had been recorded by a trio of Stephen Malkmus, Spiral Stairs and Gary Young. This EP came to mark the final time Young would record with the band. All four songs can also be found on Slanted and Enchanted: Luxe & Reduxe, the liner notes to which identify a further 3 songs as having been recorded during the same session. As well as the standard CD and 12" vinyl releases, the record was also available as a 12" picture disc in the UK.

The image of the rooster on the cover was created by defacing the cover of the self-titled album by Ambergris.

"Texas Never Whispers" was sampled by Placebo for their song "Slave to the Wage" from their 2000 album Black Market Music.

"Frontwards" has been covered by both Cardiff-based indie-pop band Los Campesinos! and Hamilton Leithauser[7].

"Shoot the Singer (1 Sick Verse)" is often covered live by Yoni Wolf of the band Why?.

"Texas Never Whispers" was the inspiration for the name of Austin, Texas indie rock group Texas Never Whispers.

"Texas Never Whispers" was recorded by Deadsy for their debut demo in 1995.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Texas Never Whispers" – 3:08
  2. "Frontwards" – 3:16
  3. "Feed em to the Lions (Linden)" – 1:49
  4. "Shoot the Singer (1 Sick Verse)" – 3:15


  • Stephen Malkmus – guitar, lead vocals
  • Scott Kannberg – guitar, backing vocals
  • Gary Young – drums
  • Bob Nastanovich – percussion, vocals
  • Mark Ibold – bass


  1. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "Watery, Domestic". AllMusic. Retrieved 2018-03-02.
  2. ^ Christgau, Robert (2000-10-15). "Pavement". Christgau's Consumer Guide: Albums of the '90s. Macmillan Publishing. ISBN 9780312245603.
  3. ^ Browne, David (1993-02-19). "Watery, Domestic". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 2018-03-02.
  4. ^ Brackett, Nathan; Hoard, Christian David (2004). The New Rolling Stone Album Guide. Simon and Schuster. p. 624. ISBN 9780743201698.
  5. ^ Aaron, Charles (January 1993). "Pavement: Watery Domestic EP". Spin. SPIN Media LLC. p. 67.
  6. ^ Weisbard, Eric; Marks, Craig (1995). Spin Alternative Record Guide. Vintage Books. ISBN 9780679755746.
  7. ^ KEXP live session.