Pixies 2023 Summer Tour featuring Franz Ferdinand and Bully rocked a sold out Friday evening at The Met Philly
Alt rock stalwarts Pixies made the 3rd stop of their 2023 US Summer Tour at the Met and left the crowd asking a rather obvious question – “where is my mind?”. Post-punk revivalists Franz Ferdinand added their own Scottish flair to the evening, while the relative newcomer on the bill, Bully (Alicia Bognanno), displayed a unique and welcoming sound to her opening set.
The lineup may have changed slightly over the years, with Paz Lenchantin (A Perfect Circle, Zwan) joining the group in 2014, but the signature sound and style of Pixies remains as solidified as ever. This has been particularly true on this 2023 Summer Tour as the setlist runs about 30 tracks deep. It was the perfect blend of classics and new material, as crowd favorites ‘Wave of Mutilation’, ‘Hey’, and ‘Here Comes Your Man’ were joined by tracks from their 2022 album Doggerel – ‘Get Simulated’, ‘The Lord Has Come Back Today’, and the epymonyous ‘Doggerel’, among others. No matter how many times I’ve heard it, there was something incredibly visceral hearing ‘Where Is My Mind?’ live for the first time to close out the evening.
Franz Ferdinand is also no stranger to chart topping, genre-bending hits. Anything off the self-titled first album is going to rip, but ‘The Dark of the Matinee’, ‘Take Me Out’, and ‘This Fire’ always garner an added response from the crowd. From the flair of frontman Alex Kapranos to the stoic nature of Dino, Bob, Julien, and Audrey – this is definitely going to be one of the highlights of our summer schedule.
Bully is the brainchild of guitarist and singer Alicia Bognanno. While she boasts some notable covers in her repetoire, Nirvana’s ‘About A Girl’ and Orville Peck’s ‘Turn To Hate’, it’s the most recently released ‘Lose You’ and ‘Days Move Slow’ that are starting to truly distinguish Bully’s discography.