The Breeders, Koko, London, April 2008
Those Deal Sisters. Never fail to induce a good rock n roll night out. Their kooky need to really banter with a crowd, in those drawly accents of theirs, get a bit loose… tear it up. Even Wellington has been lucky enough to have The Breeders play a couple or three times over the years, and a show at the San Fran a few years back was brilliant - seeing one of your favourite bands, in a local venue, packed with equally into it fans. And their show at the first ever NZ Big Day Out in 1994 was epic. I have flashbacks just thinking about it. Magic. This show at Koko was after they had released Mountain Battles in 2008, and I did like that venue for seeing bands in. Yes, it was smallish on the downstairs level, but if you wanted to watch from upstairs, you could; if you wanted to squeeze and thrash on the main floor, you could. We went in a little posse and had a great time. The thing that has always struck me at their shows, and I have always seen them with a group of pals, is that at Breeders gigs everyone has their favourite songs, and they all differ. At the first strains of something from Pod, one of us goes mental. A Last Splash tune like ‘No Aloha’ will send someone else off. Chuck in a tune by The Amps and someone else goes bonkers. We all come back, reset, go again. Mountain Battles, kind of starts slow-ish, but picks up - not to say the songs are not cool, actually a bit off kilter if anything, and a bit slower until ‘German Studies’ really launches it. The set though was all good. Their surf rock, kitschy take on rock means they can construct a really good show, weighted with slow ‘uns and with punkish belters. And whatever the tempo of the song, the Sisters Deal have great harmonies that add a bouquet of ‘girliness’ to it all. A little bit of shambolicbeahviour helps ot all too - lots of talking over tunings and guitar changes. “How y’all doing?”. Brilliant night out. Those chicks rule. Song choice? Off Mountain Battles, yes… but coz’ it has that Last Splash feel: ‘It’s The Love’.