Monday, January 20, 2014

Culture: Pixies @ The Capitol Theatre, Port Chester, New York

(Drivebycuriosity) - Finally. I got the chance to see "The Pixies". They are a legend and influenced the alternative rock scene in the late 1980s and the 1990s. They disbanded in 1993, but reunited in 2004, still lead by founder Black Francis (pixies  wikipedi).

Yesterday`s show at the Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, a suburb of New York City, was quite something. I was impressed how powerful and fresh the band performed after all these years. Frontman & founder Black Francis presented his somewhat quirky but catchy compositions with force. His voice, which often climbed to falsetto, gave the songs their characteristic life.

The founder, who also played rhythm guitar, got congenial support from Joey Santiago (lead guitar), Paz Lenchantin (bass) and David Lovering (drums). I remember especially Santiago`s  mesmerizing solo which showed what rock musicians are capable off. Together they delivered a virtuous mixture of pop melodies, surf and death metal attacks. The swinging "Where is my mind" and other pieces provoked the audience to dance ignoring the seating in the theater house.

The light show translated the songs into cinematic tableaus and created surrealistic pictures. Some of the illumination effects reminded of the beginning of the film "Alien" when spaceship "Nostromo" is approaching an unknown planet and the machines are slowly starting to awake.

Thanks a lot to Black Francis & Pixies.

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