Formed in Boston, Massachusetts in 1986, Pixies were one of those rare bands that did better in the UK than they in their native United States. The original line-up consisted of Black Francis (lead vocals, guitar), Joey Santiago (lead guitar), Kim Deal (bass), and David Lovering (drums). Deal left the band in 2013 and was replaced on a permanent basis by Paz Lenchantin in 2016.
A band that embraced several different musical genres their sound is hard to pin down. It has been called hard rock, psychedelia, surf rock, and alternative rock. What can be said is that they sound like no other and influenced bands like Nirvana, Radiohead, Weezer, and Blur. They themselves have named Iggy Pop, Talking Heads, Husker Du, and The Cars as influences. Their dreamlike lyrics are also not run of the mill as they deal with subjects like aliens, violence in the bible and incest. Black Francis is the band’s primary songwriter.
The band went along smoothly until 1993 when they broke up with plenty of hard feelings involved. After over a decade apart they got back together in 2004. Despite their absence music fans’ hearts only grew fonder of the band and their popularity grew even more. During the fall of 2016 the band released their sixth studio album entitled Head Carrier.
Weezer have been around for ages, and managed to be a successful rock outfit throughout. They have gotten older (the band members are now twenty plus years into their careers) but not less fun. Over the years Weezer has had four different lineups, but singer and lead guitarist Rivers Cuomo has been with the band the entire time. Known for making the nerd look cool, Cuomo has in fact become a rock legend.
Rivers (vocals) again plays the part of the withdrawn and reluctant star, telling us about his continuing insecurities that are still with him. The songs hold together extremely well with repeated play. They don’t go for that easy commercial sound, but rather make music that is interesting. It’s quirky, funny, sarcastic, and inherently Weezer.
-Date: March 13, 2019
-Venue: Bell Centre
-Ticket Purchase: www.evenko.ca
-Ticket Prices: $41.50, $58.50, $78.75, $96.75 (plus handling charges)
-Show Time: 7:00 p.m.
-Opening Act: Basement