Photos & review by Raven Divito
The Pixies took the stage at Monterey’s Golden State Theater for their second Northern California sold out show, delivering a dynamic 37-song set that dived into their vast catalog. It was a night of musical revelation as the band unleashed hits from over three decades, leaving no sonic stone unturned. And while they’ve continued to release new albums, including last year’s ‘Doggerel,’ tonight was an exploration of both the fresh and the timeless.
The crowd erupted in joyous sing-alongs as the Pixies launched into their beloved classics, with hits like “Here Comes Your Man,” “Monkey Gone to Heaven,” and “Mr. Grieves” igniting the room. Throughout the night, the Pixies continued to dish out a feast of memorable rock anthems, punctuated by the thought-provoking lyrics of tracks like “Bone Machine.” And then there were the retro-infused guitar solos courtesy of the masterful Joey Santiago, each note capturing nostalgia and artistic brilliance.
As always, Black Francis held the stage with a mysterious and commanding presence. The band, always stoic and concentrated, rarely uttered a word between songs. But their music said it all, carrying the weight of their legacy and the fervor of their creativity.
Hailing from Boston, Massachusetts, the Pixies have long been associated with the alternative rock boom of the 1990s. Taking inspiration from punk rock and surf rock, their music is renowned for its dynamic shifts in tone and structure. Since their formation in 1986, with the lineup consisting of Black Francis, Joey Santiago, Kim Deal, and David Lovering, the Pixies have left an undeniable mark on the musical landscape.
While their journey hasn’t been without its bumps, the band’s reunion in 2004 breathed new life into their storied career. Following Deal’s departure in 2013, the Pixies welcomed Kim Shattuck as a touring bassist before ultimately finding a permanent member in Paz Lenchantin in 2016. With each incarnation, they have continued to captivate audiences with their distinctive sound and spirit.
Inside the Golden State Theater, the Pixies reminded us all why they are revered as icons of alternative rock. Their performance was a testament to their relevance, a sonic odyssey that transcended time and space. And as the final notes reverberated through the venue, it was clear that the Pixies had once again left an indelible mark on our collective musical consciousness.