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Dig the Old Breed(ers) David O'Byrne gets transported to the Big Sur of our Dreams

Dig the Old Breed(ers)

David O'Byrne gets transported to the Big Sur of our Dreams

by David O'Byrne, International Desk
first published: June, 2024

approximate reading time: minutes

...if anything The Breeders are improving with age, and a new found low fi, modus vivendi.

THE BREEDERS
Live in Big Sur video
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The Breeders should need no introduction. Founded by former Pixies bassist Kim Deal, the band is now 31 years on from the release of their platinum selling second album Last Splash, 11 years on from a 20th anniversary extended edition and a year on from an "original analogue" reissue with extra tracks.

Now with no new product to promote and having just embarked on a 26 date tour of Europe and the US, The Breeders have released a video of themselves performing four tracks from that seminal album, in a semi acoustic set recorded in the Big Sur redwood forest in north California.


Ostensibly an ad hoc jam, brought about by the cancellation of a nearby gig, the sound quality and multi camera set up suggest it may not have been quite as impromptu as claimed.

But what the hell. What we get is four musicians the wrong side of sixty (plus an unnamed violinist), sans studio and stage trickery, plugging away at four songs they've been playing live for well over 30 years and clearly enjoying every moment. The guitars are acoustic - as is the violin, and the drum kit reduced to a single snare and a selection of upturned flower pots. The stripped down sound more than complements the four songs from Last Splash - ‘Do You Love Me Now’ ‘Divine Hammer’, ‘Invisible Man’, and a stunning raw, but tender take on ‘Drivin’ on 9’.

Did I say "The wrong side of sixty" ? My bad, if anything The Breeders are improving with age, and a new found low fi, modus vivendi.

Check it out for yourself - the result is simply delightful.

THE BREEDERS TOUR DATES:
June 24 – LEEDS, UK, O2 Academy Leeds +
June 25 – LONDON, UK, Troxy + (SOLD OUT)
June 26 – MANCHESTER, UK, Albert Hall + (SOLD OUT)
June 28 – NOTTINGHAM, UK, Rock City +
June 29 – PILTON, UK, Glastonbury Festival
June 30 – BRISTOL, UK, Bristol Sounds
July 2 – AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS, Paradiso = (SOLD OUT)
July 3 – COLOGNE, GERMANY, Live Music Hall +
July 4 – BERLIN, GERMANY, Huxleys Neue Welt + (SOLD OUT)
July 6 – BELFORT, FRANCE, Les Eurockéennes
July 7 – WERCHTER, BELGIUM, Rock Werchter
July 9 – PARIS, FRANCE, La Cigale + (SOLD OUT)
July 11 – BARCELONA, SPAIN, Razzmatazz *
July 12 – MADRID, SPAIN, Mad Cool Festival
July 13 – LISBON, PORTUGAL, NOS Alive
August 13 – LOS ANGELES, CA, USA, The Kia Forum ^ (SOLD OUT)
August 14 – LOS ANGELES, CA, USA, The Kia Forum ^ (SOLD OUT)
August 16 – LOS ANGELES, CA, USA, The Kia Forum ^ (SOLD OUT)
August 17 – LOS ANGELES, CA, USA, The Kia Forum ^ (SOLD OUT)
August 20 – LOS ANGELES, CA, USA, Intuit Dome ^
August 21 – LOS ANGELES, CA, USA, Intuit Dome ^
September 21 – ST AUGUSTINE, FL, USA, Sing Out Loud Festival 
September 23 – CHICAGO, IL, USA, The Salt Shed #
September 24 – MINNEAPOLIS, MN, USA, Uptown Theatre #
September 26 – DENVER, CO, USA, Mission Ballroom #
September 29 – DANA POINT, CA, USA, Ohana Festival #

+ with Big Joanie
= with Lewsberg
* with Pinpilinpussies
^ with Olivia Rodrigo
# with MAN ON MAN

David O'Byrne
International Desk

David O'Byrne is a former fanzine writer and indie band manager, turned full time freelance journalist, travel writer and occasional fiction author based in Istanbul.


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