The Breeders – live at Biggest Weekend, Bristol – May 2018 – BBC 6 Music
The Breeders in concert – an excerpt from their 2018 appearance at Biggest Weekend in Belfast from BBC 6 Music.
Certainly one of my favorite American bands, The Breeders have always been a few cuts above what else has been going on. The writing is gritty, raw, intensely personal and deeply satisfying on a lot of levels and I confess to being a fan from their first album on.
There is something about this band that makes for compelling listening. Maybe it’s their point of view; the unvarnished glimpse of life on life’s terms – the uncanny resilience of the human spirit – laying everything out, exposed nerve-endings and all. I think that’s what’s attracted me to The Breeders (and the offshoots, side-projects and alumni) – the level of reality and clear vision is so much a part of their sound and their whole approach. Plus they’ve been a stepping off place to discoveries of sister bands; Throwing Muses, Belly, Kristen Hirsh, Fifty Foot Wave. It’s a whole sub-genre, one that’s quintessentially American.
Sadly, this is only an 8 minute snippet of the whole set, it’s all I have at the moment, but it’s memorable. It’s evocative and memorable, even for this short a sample .
If you’re not familiar – I would urge you to take the next 8 minutes and do nothing – just hit the Play button and listen. Nobody quite like them – and they certainly don’t prompt ambivalence.
Go exploring. You’ll thank me in the morning.
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