Whole lotta Doolit­tle

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - Listings - TONY CLAY­TON-LEA

We’d like to think that there is an­other Amer­i­can band with the same – or even sim­i­lar – abra­sive melodic power of Pix­ies, but to be hon­est we’re stumped. When they first came to no­tice in or around 1987/88, their “quiet-loud” tech­niques (quiet verses fol­lowed by loud and jagged cho­ruses, for those who re­quire clar­i­fi­ca­tion) were viewed with arched eye­brows, but come the ar­rival of Surfer

Rosa (1988) and Doolit­tle (1989) it be­came ob­vi­ous that their time had come.

Nir­vana’s Kurt Cobain would read­ily ad­mit that without Pix­ies, his band would not have sounded they way they did ( Smells Like Teen Spirit, for in­stance, is rip-off Pix­ies par ex­cel­lence).

Back on the tour tread­mill again, fol­low­ing a pre­vi­ous re­union sev­eral years ago, this time out the band will be play­ing Doolit­tle – widely re­garded as a clas­sic – in its en­tirety, which is surely enough to send any of their diehard fans into rap­tures.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Ireland

© PressReader. All rights reserved.