One of the most frabjous things that I have done in the part fortnight is see Pixies play at The Roundhouse in Camden as part of the iTunes Festival. Add in that darling Ayla came with me (she is an equally rabid fan), and I think it would be harder to have a more perfect evening.
As we buzzed into the space to the opening chords of Wave of Mutilation, we looked at each other, screamed, and bounced along on a wave of pure exhilaration.
We had THIS much fun:
It helps that they played an epic 28-song set, with songs from each of their studio albums, including large chunks of Doolittle, which surely must be an All Time Top Five Album: Gouge Away, Hey, This Monkey’s Gone to Heaven, plus Where is My Mind?, and a cover of The Jesus And Mary Chain’s Head On.
We were sad that Kim Deal left the band in June, but new bassist Kim Shattuck was seamlessly integrated.
The Roundhouse is a spectacular gig venue: a Grade II* listed, National Heritage Site in Chalk Farm, whose past life was a former railway engine shed, which has been converted into a performing arts and concert venue. It was originally built in 1847 as a roundhouse, a circular building containing a railway turntable, but was only used for railway purposes for about a decade. You can read more at Wikipedia here.
We had major issues collecting our tickets from the third party vendor, so enormous thanks to the really lovely and helpful Roundhouse staff who helped us out, especially Amber, who eventually managed to find wristbands for us.