The dissolution of the Pixies--reportedly rooted in some of the other band members' dislike of leader Black Francis--has produced 1) a profoundly uninteresting solo album by the renamed Frank Black and 2) one of the best albums of the year: Last Splash, from bassist Kim Deal's side project, the Breeders. The band--which includes Deal's twin sister Kelley, bassist Josephine Wiggs, and a boy drummer named Jim MacPherson--thoughtfully totes some of the Pixies' sci-fi sound (nost notably on "S.O.S.") and lots of pop foofaraw (surf rock Ohio-style on "Flipside") along on the band's giddy search for a girl-rock, um, nirvana. What they find is something not so final, nor so avowedly a statement of generational angst: just a state of mind where they can produce thumping, fractured hymns to summer ("Saints") and sexy found-sound singles whose choruses snap your head right around ("Cannonball"). Cruise director is Deal, who shrieks Sonic Youthfully and phrases fantastically in this tour de force exposition of rock 'n' roll verve, ambition, and chops. This show is part of a short tour by the group before it goes out on the road with Cobain and company later this year. Wednesday, Metro, 3730 N. Clark; 549-0203.
Art accompanying story in printed newspaper (not available in this archive): photo/Danny Clinch.