The Breeders Are Still Virile After All These Years

Bunkhouse Saloon, Sept. 15

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Photo by Glenn Brogan

“Guess who rode the zipline today?” Kim Deal asked. She grinned and pointed to her Breeders bandmates on either side, bassist Josephine Wiggs and twin-sister guitarist Kelley Deal. Kim apparently opted out, meaning that our fantasies of the Deal twins in angel costumes flying over Fremont Street and harmonizing on “Divine Hammer” will have to remain unfulfilled.

Not that we could ask them for much more than they’ve already delivered. The Breeders have been playing for more than 20 years, but they still attack their songs like puppies with a sugar rush, and the audience still bobs their heads and howls for more. Kim unleashed overwhelming torrents of guitar on “Safari,” while Kelley rendered “I Just Wanna Get Along” in a tone that was part contemptuous teen, part bitter grandma.

The Breeders also tried out a few new tunes from their upcoming album, including the coolly bass-driven “Skinhead No. 2” and the vaguely Cash-ish “Walking With a Killer.” Toward the close of their set, they delivered the knockout punch of a rocket-launch rendition of “New Year” flying right into the irresistibly throbbing bassline and melodic cacophony of “Cannonball.” It’s been two decades since the Deals gave us two of the greatest songs a human being has ever pogo-ed and none of us have stopped bouncing yet. ★★★★✩

SET LIST
Off You
Saints
Hag
Skinhead #2
SOS
Do You Love Me Now
Simone
Doe
Limehouse
Walking With A Killer
Fortunately Gone
I Just Wanna Get Along
Happiness
New Year
Cannonball
All Nerve
No Aloha
Divine Hammer

Encore:
Glorious
Safari
Hellbound
Iris

Photos by Glenn Brogan