The Breeders @ Tut’s 19-05-09

May 26, 2009

THE BREEDERS
King Tut’s, Glasgow, May 19 * * *

Fresh from their role as curators of All Tomorrow’s Parties, The Breeders appeared tonight to play the first show of a two-date stint at Tut’s. Both nights sold out easily with fans of the quartet eager to catch the band in more intimate surrounds. Not surprisingly then it was a performance observed in revered silence and one which the faithful happily lapped up.
For the rest of us however their 90-minute, 21-song set did drag by at times, especially as it neared its conclusion, but even so there was still much to enjoy.
No Aloha got proceedings off to a good start but like most of the set, former Pixies’ bassist Kim Deal struggled to be heard, her vocal getting lost in the mix. However on tracks like the hypnotic N Of J and crowd favourite New Year, the band – rounded out to a five-piece with the addition of Cheryl Lyndsey on guitar and keys – soldiered on undeterred.
As it transpired the LA-based outfit peaked halfway through on the excellent Cannonball, the song still potent sixteen years on. Rough around the edges they may have been but this only added to their charm and although the latter stages didn’t prove as engaging they managed to shine on Tipp City and Safari.

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