It’s been 20 years since the Breeders released “Last Splash,” the album that cemented their legacy in the anything-goes alternative ’90s, and almost as long since the band that made it played together. But if you’re going to celebrate the anniversary, rather than simply exploit it, it’s imperative to reunite the lineup in question. And at the sold-out Royale on Thursday, Kim Deal, Kelley Deal, Josephine Wiggs, and Jim Macpherson left zero doubt as to which Breeders lineup should be considered the “classic” one.
The band seemed to know it, too. Kim was practically beaming with joyous disbelief the entire time, and the band vibrated with the power that comes with everything coming together in exactly the right way. Playing “Last Splash” in its entirety (with an encore of other ’90s-era Breeders songs) meant dispensing with “Cannonball” two songs into the set, but instead of burning their biggest hit early, the familiar pogo bounce and the thick scratching of Kim’s distorted acoustic guitar locked everyone in.