Pavement, Brixton Academy, London
Also intact is the band's ability to temper their slacker sound with an acerbic twist. Range Life's bitchy references to Stone Temple Pilots and the Smashing Pumpkins are preserved as an anachronistic reminder of the perils of grumpiness on tour, but there are plenty more growls and grumbles from percussionist Bob Nastanovich that lead the night's entertainment from the softer territory of Gold Soundz through to heavier numbers like Elevate Me Later. In the latter song, a crescendo of screaming guitars crashes upon a willing audience before the band regroup for a final, sober verse, as the band showcase their ability to change gears, and styles, at a moment's notice.
Throughout the 31-song set the Academy reverberates with the sound of former greats creaking back into life, with all the squeaks of missed notes on vocals and guitar a more-than-forgiveable infelicity when braced against the thrill of seeing their classics reimagined - understandably creaking, that is, since the number of shows they've played since announcing their reunion is barely in double digits. As it happens, their decade away is about how long it would take to piece together the material from which tonight's set was drawn, a mixture of tracks from the group's five full albums and eight EPs with enough rareties thrown in to satisfy even the most esoterically inclined fan's appetite. With favourites like Cut Your Hair and Spit On A Stranger on hand too though, the audience were left firm in the knowledge that the band's residency, which concludes on Thursday with a support slot from Broken Social Scene, will be one to remember.
Father to a Sister of Thought
In The Mouth A Desert
No Life Singed Here
Fight This Generation
Trigger Cut/Wounded-Kite at :17
Starlings of the Slipstream
Spit on a Stranger
Ell Ess Two
Rattled by the Rush
Cut Your Hair
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