Last Monday night GoINDEEpMusic was out at the Comerica Theatre in Downtown Phoenix. I took my act on the road to see my beloved Pixies for the tenth time since the band reunited in 2004, and eleventh overall. I’m not sure if that’s something I should be proud of, or embarrassed.
The band whipped through a 31-song set that lasted the better part of an hour and 45 minutes. The set featured seven of the eight new songs that have surfaced recently on EP-1 and EP-2. In addition, they played the single “Bagboy,” along with a new song “Silver Snail,” that has yet to see an official release. Many of the tunes that fans have grown accustomed to hearing at Pixies shows over the last ten years were present, however there were many glaring omissions. Moving forward, get used it, this is what it’s going to sound like, thankfully I dig most of the new stuff.
New bassist Paz delivered a solid performance, even if she needed a laminated cheat sheet. Ms. Lenchantin’s behavior seemed right in line with what’s expected of a Pixies bassist, at no time did she act in a way that was unbecoming of a Pixies bassist. I didn’t spend as much time analyzing Paz as I would’ve liked, that’s because I kept staring at David Lovering’s beard. When they first took the stage I said to myself, why did the roadie take the stage with them? Man, It took me a second to even recognize him, but then I realized… they just played Portland.