Kim Deal chose Santa Cruz's Catalyst nightclub to debut a new
version of the Breeders last night. She strode out onto the stage in plaid
pants, a yellow CAT t-shirt (short for Caterpillar; makers of fine earth moving
equipment), followed by her almost entirely new band, quickly did a sound check
of her voice and announced the first song, "Mom's Drunk."
The song knocked
me back in my seat. It was fast, edgy and totally aggressive. The crowd of
about 200 went crazy with energy, and collectively thrust themselves towards
There was a brief pause after the song ended, in which Kim Deal,
jovially conversed with the crowd. Someone called out for the song "Freebird,"
to which Deal smilingly replied, "You want 'Freebird?' Here's your freebird,"
and gleefully flipped the audience off. Then the band launched into, "I Am
Decided," another rousing song.
With the aid of two new guitarists, Nathan
Farley and a woman Deal referred to as "Katy," a new bassist, Louis Lerma, and
the only remaining original member of the band, drummer Jim MacPherson, Deal
kept the pace frantic. Even the band's slower songs seemed to positively
radiate with latent, fervent energy. Many of the staple radio songs seemed to
have actually improved since last I heard them.
from having three guitars wail away at it. "No Aloha" exhibited Kim Deal's solo
talent on the guitar. The sound was tighter and more complex than in Breeders'
shows past. One of the new guitarists, Katy, has taken over Kelly's job of
singing and her voice nicely complemented Kim's low throaty sound. Matching
highs for lows. She can also play guitar, something her predecessor struggled
Sadly enough, the Breeders only played for an hour before
calling it a night. But this was a solid hour of a new style of Breeder, one
only hinted at in shows past.