Opening with "Off You," Kim's guitar and voice bounced around the hall with minimal accompaniment. Kelley stood in the corner of the stage, surrounded by guitars as she shuffled papers on a music stand and sipped a Coca-Cola. Everything Kelley was feeling shone on her face -- throughout the night when she clearly thought she was messing something up, she would wince and look at her sister for approval. It was like peeking in on band practice, the inner-workings of just how the Breeders' work together exposed.
Drummer Jim Macpherson remained vocally silent the entire set, but bassist Josphine Wiggs was perhaps the most talkative. She explained that the Joy Division shirt she was wearing was in honor of the Rocky Mountains, comparing the Peter Saville design to our state license plate. She also later explained that for this tour, each of the band members designed a shirt for sale at the merch table. But it was the man in the crowd holding up a '90s Breeders t-shirt with the cover art from the "Cannonball" single while they actually played "Cannonball" who had the one I think we all secretly wanted.
What was most interesting about the evening was the extremely positive reaction from the crowd to new material. In fact, I've never heard an audience be as vocally supportive of a band's new stuff as they were the veritable classics. As Kim announced fresh, unreleased tracks like "Skinhead Number Two" and "All Nerve," voices from the audience shouted "You're doing great!" and "We love the new stuff!" The new stuff was indeed great, flowing seamlessly with songs like "Doe," "Lime House," "Hellbound" and the band's cover of "Happiness is a Warm Gun" from Pod. Again, it was less like a show and more like an intimate look at your favorite band in rehearsal as they worked things out together live.