The Breeders' Last Splash 20th Anniversary Tour Brought the '90s Back at Grand Central Miami

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Check out Crossfade's full 34-photo slideshow of the Breeders at Grand Central.

The Breeders
With Beach Day
Grand Central Miami
Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Break out your jelly shoes, your well-worn flannel, your youthful discontent -- the '90s are back.

It's not just some fashionable truth. The classic music of the '90s is still relevant. And that's cause for celebration. Some of the most influential albums of the era are nearing drinking age, including the Breeders' breakout, surprise smash, Last Splash.

In celebration of the record's 20th anniversary, the band got together at Grand Central to recreate the whole sonic experience as authentically as possible -- down to the same damn wind chimes used in the recording studio -- and played the whole album from beginning to end.

See also: Breeders' Josephine Wiggs on 20 Years of Last Splash and the Future of Women in Rock

Photo by Alex Broadwell
Check out Crossfade's full 34-photo slideshow of the Breeders at Grand Central.

The dream of the '90s isn't only alive in Portland. Miami came out to represent hard, some fans even bringing their original record pressings to be signed by Kim Deal and the gang. The lineup today is the same group of lovely ladies (and one lad) who put the album together in '93, originally touring in support of Nirvana on the In Utero tour.

Photo by Alex Broadwell

They hit the stage rather promptly at 10 p.m., their crunching guitars still in need of a bit of tuning. The drinkers and smokers milling around the porch sprang to attention and pushed through the heavy doors to fill the floor.

They started their set with "an oldie but goodie," a song that wasn't from the Last Splash, "When I Was a Painter" from the POD EP. Then after a couple last minute tunings and some passive-aggressive banter, they got right into it.

Photo by Alex Broadwell

They ripped through the whole record, as promised and it was just as magical as one might expect. Of course, the fans went crazy for the big hits, but they sang along mostly to everything. Between songs, the band would tell stories from back in the day, tease each other, tease the venue crew, apologize for not having the original mini-Moog from '93, though they did dig up the old, aforementioned wind chimes. We're hoping they didn't wear the same underwear.

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Not everything was the same, of course. The alt queens and king have aged, though their love for the music is undiminished. They seemed rather invigorated, even if they weren't all that animated on stage.

But then, you have to figure, '90s bands were kind of listless and absent in the first place. That's part of the charm, man.

See also: Sigur Ros' Kveikur Tour Made Us Cry (Literally) in Miami

Location Info


Grand Central

697 N. Miami Ave., Miami, FL

Category: Music

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Matthew McClure
Matthew McClure

Breeders AND Sigur Ros on the same night, and only a few blocks from each other?! These are the kind of problems that routinely affect Chicago, New York & LA, but rarely here. Choosing which awesome show to attend on a given night is the sort of problem I would love to see more of. Keep the great shows coming, GC.

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