We’re still not sure how we feel about the Breeders
’ Mountain Battles
. It’s a tough listen, especially since many of the songs lack any sort of melody. A lot of them don’t really seem to go anywhere. Still, it’s an intriguing listen – an alt-rock lullaby that sorta takes stock of the band’s last eight years.
The band’s history is one filled with turbulence
. Kim Deal originally formed the Dayton group while in the Pixies. After those post-punk heroes broke up in 1993, Kim recruited twin sister Kelley and a few pals and got serious about the Breeders. Later that year, they released Last Splash
, which remains one of alt-rock’s milestones from the era ...
In concert, the band looks back on the past 15 years and the three albums it released during that time. But those expecting “Cannonball”-style sonic assaults will be a bit disappointed in the relatively laid-back sounds on Mountain Battles
. Still, it makes for good settling-in music that could very well light up onstage. --Michael Gallucci
The Breeders perform at 7 p.m. Tuesday, June 3, at House of Blues, 308 Euclid Avenue. Tickets are $18.50, available by calling 216-523-2583. For a preview, listen to “Here No More” below.