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go­ing through.”

Just be­fore the lat­est round of protests erupted, Pavé re­leased a sin­gle, “Gangsta Party Reloaded,” that ac­tu­ally had a more per­sonal mean­ing than a po­lit­i­cal one. “I haven’t even been fo­cused on it, given re­cent events,” he says.

The song is a re­work­ing of “Gangsta Party,” a 2006 track by vet­eran Mem­phis rap­per Yo Gotti. The record finds Pavé re­work­ing and rhyming over the orig­i­nal beat — which was pro­duced by Gotti’s and Pavé’s mu­tual col­lab­o­ra­tor, Car­los Broady. Both North Mem­phi­ans, Pavé and Gotti met this past March at the South by South­west mu­sic con­fer­ence in Austin, in­tro­duced at an Ap­ple Mu­sic party.

“It was 10 years on from when I was skip­ping school to go to his ‘Gangsta Party’ video shoot,” re­calls Pavé. “A few weeks ago, I was go­ing through some North Mem­phisstyle beats, and said I should ac­tu­ally rap on this. It’s a big con­nection and big lin­eage there.”

Since then, Pavé has moved on to his next sin­gle — one he says is a re­turn to top­i­cal form — called “Best Be­lieve.” It will come out in Septem­ber, along with an ac­com­pa­ny­ing video.

In the next cou­ple of months, Pave will tour the South paired with New Or­leans rap­per Al­fred Banks (“We’re calling it the River Kings tour since we’re both from cities on the Mis­sis­sippi,” says Pave) be­fore an Oc­to­ber slot open­ing for Tech N9NE at the New Daisy Theatre.

Found Sounds

Mem­phis no-wave band Lost Sounds is back — in a sense, at least. Sweet Knives, a group fea­tur­ing three-fourths of the group’s lineup — gui­tarist/key­boardist Alicja Trout, drum­mer Rich Crook and gui­tarist John Gar­land — is set to play Satur­day night at Rocket Sci­ence Au­dio, ahead of a new dou­ble 7-inch re­lease and tour in Au­gust.

The miss­ing mem­ber, of course, is the late Jay Lind­say, aka Jay Reatard, who died in 2010. Since his death, in­ter­est in Lost Sounds — which ran from 1999 to 2005 — has re­mained high. In 2011, Fat Pos­sum put out a best-of com­pi­la­tion called “Blac Static,” while Goner Records re­leased the rar­i­ties set “Lost Lost” last year, with both projects su­per­vised by Trout.

In the process of sort­ing t hrough their old record­ings and de­mos, Trout re­al­ized she was sit­ting on a cache of un­re­leased Lost Sounds songs she’d writ­ten. “For me, I felt like I was never gonna write songs in that style again,” Trout says. “For the last 10 years or so, I’ve been writ­ing songs that are eas­ier to sing and play and are more poppy. But it was in­ter­est­ing to get back into that (Lost Sounds) mind­set, and it seemed like there were songs that had fallen by the way­side and maybe it was worth play­ing them again.”

She pro­posed the idea of get­ting to­gether with her for­mer band­mates Crook and Gar­land. “The guys were pretty psyched about it — es­pe­cially Rich, be­cause he wanted to play drums again, since he plays gui­tar in all his bands now,” says Trout. “In Lost Sounds, I used to sweat and be ex­hausted by the end of the show. When we got to­gether, it still turned out to be that hard — we all had to re­fig­ure out to play these songs and sur­vive it.”

The group made its live de­but last year play­ing Gon­er­fest with bassist Johnny Valiant round­ing out the lineup. “Johnny likes to say this is a ‘Lost Sounds reboot’ rather than a reunion — and that’s prob­a­bly the best way to de­scribe it,” Trout says. “Since Jay is no longer around, it didn’t seem right to try and call it Lost Sounds and redo his songs, get some­one else to play them and sing them. So we de­cided we’d change the name.”

Sweet Knives recorded an EP’S worth of ma­te­rial this past win­ter. The self­ti­tled record is be­ing re­leased by Ger­man la­bel Red Lounge next month, just in time for a 10-day tour that will take the band through the Mid­west and along the East Coast.

Trout isn’t com­mit­ting just yet to mak­ing a Sweet Knives full-length fol­low-up. “It’s hard for us to make a full record and be a real band be­cause we don’t live in the same city,” she says (while Gar­land is in Mem­phis, Crook re­sides in Mid­dle Ten­nessee, and Valiant lives in Raleigh, North Carolina).

“Once we get through this tour, we’ll try and go overseas where Lost Sounds were al­ways the most pop­u­lar. If all that goes well, then we’ll take it from there. I want these songs to be heard again.”

Sweet Knives play Rocket Sci­ence Au­dio (Madi­son) on Satur­day at 10 p.m. Overnight Lows will open. Cover is $7.


Lost Sounds re­born: The Sweet Knives. From left, Johnny Valiant, Rich Crook, Alicja Trout, and John Gar­land.

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