THE PIXIES + EAGLES OF DEATH METAL + THE ORWELLS @ THE HOLLYWOOD PALLADIUM

December 14th, 2017 | Photos

Photos and words by Stephanie Port

Beloved indie-rock veterans Pixies rolled into LA for a sold out show at the Palladium last night. The Hollywood crowd was treated to a massive 35 song setlist that featured a variety of classic, influential favorites and many newer tracks, like those from their 2016 release Head Carrier.

Dissonant guitar riffs, atypical time signatures, and tight stop-start rhythms made up the mix of noise pop and alt rock that one would expect from a Pixies show. The band, comprised of singer/guitarist Black Francis, guitarist Joey Santiago, drummer David Lovering, and bassist Paz Lenchantin, sounded incredibly tight and rehearsed, like a well oiled machine that moved swiftly from song to song with tactful precision.

Ne’er a word of stage banter was spoken all night, which appeared in stark contrast to that of opening band Eagles of Death Metal, whose engaging frontman Jesse Hughes can banter a crowd’s ears off. Apart from the occasional roar for a popular fan favorite and some slight mini-moshing on the crowded floor, the vibe in the Palladium felt particularly mellow despite the level of devotion Pixies fans seem to proudly wear on their sleeves.

Still, what we saw was last night was a band who, despite playing together for 30 years and enduring a lengthy breakup, does not rest on any laurels. Instead, with every key change and every snare fill they give it their all, ensuring a well played, reliable show that features new material in addition to the classics.

The Orwells, in addition to Eagles of Death Metal, got the night kicked off before Pixies took the stage.

Setlist:
Gouge Away
U-Mass
Wave of Mutilation
Um Chagga Lagga
Head Carrier
Monkey Gone to Heaven
Caribou
Classic Masher
Bone Machine
I’ve Been Tired
Bel Esprit
Cactus
Subbacultcha
Magdalena 318
Tenement Song
Dead
Crackity Jones
Isla de Encanta
Planet of Sound
All the Saints
Here Comes Your Man
Silver Snail
Motorway to Roswell
Velouria
Havalina
Snakes
Wave of Mutilation
Nimrod’s Son
Vamos
Where Is My Mind?
Winterlong (Neil Young cover)

Encore:
Hey
All I Think About Now
Debaser