BARCELONA – The often-disturbing music of alt-rocker PJ Harvey seemed especially appropriate for Wednesday night’s concert in Barcelona, a city still reeling from the impact of terrorist attacks that left 15 people dead.
Though she made no explicit reference to last week’s violence, Harvey’s performance evoked all of the pain, rage and confusion felt by Barcelonans over the last seven days.
Harvey opened with three songs from her latest, Grammy-winning album, “The Hope Six Demolition Project,” before going on to sample her 1992 debut disc, “Dry.”
The set also included tunes from “Let England Shake,” such as anti-war anthem “The Words that Maketh Murder.”
As usual, Harvey and her band – Alain Johannes, Alessandro Stefana, Enrico Gabrielli, James Johnston, Jean-Marc Butty, Kenrick Rowe, Mick Harvey and Terry Edwards – wore black, a reminder of the grief that weighs on Barcelona as residents try to return to normal.