By Uriel Gonzalez
Their career has spanned four decades, yet I still can’t help but resist giving my goodbyes; I’d rather drive my car into the ocean.
So goes the Pixies’ somber themes, dynamic lyrical delivery, chunky bass lines and beautifully distorted guitar riffs, which caught many people by surprise in the mid- to late 80s.
The juxtaposition between the deceiving, lulling singing followed by the sudden bursts of screaming and raw energy in tracks like “Monkey Gone to Heaven” greatly in_ÀåÂÛ_uenced the likes of Nirvana and Radiohead.
Since life is ever _ÀåÂÛ_eeting, it seemed necessary to see the in_ÀåÂÛ_uential group live at least once before they croak.
In light of their Head Carrier tour, the Pixies took a break from touring across Europe and played a sold out Friday night show in Pomona at the Fox Theater on April 21.
Pixies fans came in numbers, and the energy was electric prior to the show. People young and old formed in a single _ÀåÂ_Äle line that stretched down the sidewalk.
The parking was atrocious, with lots packed to the brim with commuting fans.
Once everyone was inside, the opening act, Public Access TV, played their set of nine songs to little fanfare.
They had a typical early 80s throwback look and sound, yet despite sounding good, every song seemed to be about a girlfriend.
When the opening act _ÀåÂ_Änished their set, anticipation started to build for the band everyone was there to see.
After what seemed like an eternity, it was time for the Pixies to do their thing. They came out stoically, with no crowd work whatsoever.
They kicked things off with “Doolittle,” fan favorite “Gouge Away” and “Wave of Mutilation.”
From that point on, the crowd was alive and, surprisingly, things started to get hectic. As soon as heavier tracks like “Crackity Jones” began blasting from the speakers, people instantly started _ÀåÂÛ_ying. The all too familiar meat hurricane formed; the mosh pit was in full effect.
From that point onward, once any song got heavy, people, beers and sweat instantly began smashing to the beat.
The Pixies played nearly all of their most acclaimed songs.
Fan favorites “Here Comes Your Man,” “Where is My Mind” and “Velouria” all had the crowd singing along, with only “Alec Eiffel” missing from the bunch.
The Pixies sounded great and performed beyond initial expectations. They maintained great energy throughout a 31-song set along with an encore of “Into the White.”
The band’s newest member and replacement for former bassist and backup vocalist Kim Deal, Paz Lenchantin, won the crowd over, despite having big shoes to _ÀåÂ_Äll.
The only thing missing was for the Pixies to throw the crowd a bone and do a little crowd work .
Overall though, the Pixies delivered one hell of a show. They didn’t overwhelmingly bombard the set-list with newer material, and the crowd maintained a pleasantly violent energy.
The Pixies concluded their California shows with a performance at the Ace Theatre in Los Angeles April 24 and will be touring through May.
Their next time in California will be in Dana Point for a Sept. 8 show.
Courtesy of Travis Shinn
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