The Breeders

"Last Splash" 20th Anniversary Tour

The Breeders

Parquet Courts

Thu, May 9, 2013

8:00 pm

Royale

Boston, MA

$25

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The Breeders
The Breeders
Kim Deal, Kelley Deal, Josephine Wiggs and Jim Macpherson, the iconic Breeders line up that made the classic 1993 album Last Splash, have announced nine additional U.S. dates and four U.K. dates as part of the band's "LSXX Anniversary World Tour." European dates for May and June are already announced. Tickets for the band's preview show at Brooklyn's Bell House scheduled for March 29 sold out within two minutes of going on sale. More dates to follow.

Kim, Kelley, Josephine, Jim, and Breeders' violinist Carrie Bradley will perform the album live at select shows and festivals in the U.S. and Europe through 2013, playing together for the first time since 1994. The tour is in support of the release of LSXX, a deluxe edition of Last Splash, on 4AD.

At the center of the album is the infectiously appealing, instantly recognizable “Cannonball,” which, propelled in part by the video directed by Kim Gordon and Spike Jonze, was voted Single of the Year by the NME, and declared "one of the best pop songs of the nineties" by the UK's Drowned in Sound. Pitchfork said of Last Splash, "...anyone open-minded to experimentation and the advancement of the form reveled in its brilliant, boundary-breaking melodies. Even its B-sides are classic."
Parquet Courts
Parquet Courts
Little was said about Parquet Courts’ debut effort, American Specialties. Released exclusively on cassette tape, the quasi-album was an odd collection of 4 track recordings that left those who were paying attention wanting more. A year of woodshedding live sets passed before the Courts committed another song to tape. The band’s first proper LP, Light Up Gold, is a dynamic and diverse foray into the back alleys of the American DIY underground. Bright guitars swirl serpentine over looping, groovy post-punk bass lines and drums that border on robotic precision. While the initial rawness of the band’s early output remains, the songwriting has gracefully evolved. Primary wordsmiths A. Savage and Austin Brown combine for a dynamic lyrical experience, one part an erudite overflow of ideas, the other an exercise in laid-back observation. Lyrically dense, the poetry is in how it flows along with the melody, often times as locked-in as the rhythm section.

“This record is for the over-socialized victims of the 1990’s ‘you can be anything you want’, Nickelodeon-induced lethargy that ran away from home not out of any wide-eyed big city daydream, but just out of a subconscious return to America’s scandalous origin,” writes Savage in the album’s scratched-out liner notes. Recorded over a few days in an ice-box practice space, Light Up Gold is equally indebted to Krautrock, The Fall, and a slew of contemporaries like Tyvek and Eddy Current Suppression Ring.

Though made up of Texan transplants, Parquet Courts are a New York band. Throw out the countless shallow Brooklyn bands of the blasé 2000’s: Light Up Gold is a conscious effort to draw from the rich culture of the city - the bands like Sonic Youth, Bob Dylan, and the Velvet Underground that are not from New York, but of it. A panoramic landscape of dilapidated corner-stores and crowded apartments is superimposed over bare-bones Americana, leaving little room for romance or sentiment. It’s punk, it’s American, it’s New York… it’s the color of something you were looking for.
Venue Information:
Royale
279 Tremont St.
Boston, MA, 02116
http://royaleboston.com/