Last night in London, Pixies rattled through a mammoth set list containing deep cuts from their back catalogue, and gave their audience a glimpse of what to expect from their forthcoming sixth studio album Head Carrier.
O2 Academy Brixton was in an expectant mood when Frank, Santiago, David and most recent band addition Paz took to the stage, opening with the timeless “Bone Machine”, the opening track from their debut album Surfa Rosa they quickly followed with their cover of The Jesus and Mary Chain’s “Head On”. The lyrics, “And the way I feel tonight, I could die and I wouldn’t mind” sung back to them by an audience with such gusto, that you believed if an asteroid did hit the planet last night, watching Pixies wouldn’t be a bad way for it all to end.
If you hadn’t heard, the band dropped newest single “Um Chagga Lagga” last week to much buzz online. The new tune perfectly slotted into the set and went down a storm.
The only real shame of the evening; a photo posted to Instagram of the night’s intended set list revealed that the band had to cut their set short due time constraints, and thus the infamous “U-Mass” (my favourite Pixies tune) fell out from the set. The band played 32 tunes in total, so any complaints that they weren’t good value last night would likely fall on deaf ears.
Pixies and O2 Academy Brixton have a symbiotic relationship. The band bring out the best in the venue, and vice-versa. Last night proved (and anyone who’s seen them there before will attest) that when Pixies come to Brixton, it feels like a hometown show. Let’s hope they don’t leave it too long until they come back.
Couldn’t make it to the show, or just want to relive it? Listen to the set list below.