It is never easy to hop right back into the performance groove when you have not performed as a unit on stage for nearly a year. However when Kim and Kelley Deal and their band The Breeders hit the Beachland Ballroom stage this past Thursday, they proved that practice can be over-rated. True, while Kim had toured recently in the Middle East with the Pixies, Kelley had not played live since December. The Deal twins were coming through NE Ohio en route to Monticello, New York for All Tomorrow’s Parties annual event with a stop in Philly in between. So being the first of a three-gig mini-tour could have been considered a practice to work out those kinks. From the time the Deal sisters hit the stage, it was abundantly clear, they were not perfect, but screw perfection. Through 22 songs from its catalog, including a four-song encore, the band worked it out, and more importantly the smiles on the Deal sisters’ faces showed just how rewarding a return to the stage can be. Joining the Deal sisters, were their most enduring rhythm section of drummer Joes Medeles and bass player Mando Lopez. The addition a few years back of the more-than-able talents of guitarist/keyboardist Cheryl Lindsey allowed the Deal sisters to switch off from guitar to bass to keys and even drums. The key to the Breeders sound has always been about the unique dynamics melodies which lull you into a state of buoyant euphoria and then blast you out of the water with unadulterated and sharp tempo changes.“Overglazed” and “Bang On” got the set off on the right foot as Kim Deal opened on keyboard. The crowd predictably responded mostly readily to “Divine Hammer” “No Aloha” and “Cannon Ball” fromSplash. The diehard Deal fans responded to a four-pack of songs from Kim Deal’s side project The Amps, namely “Pacer, Tipp City”, “I Am Decided” and “Hoverin”. The band also debuted one new track that is expected to be on its next album, upcoming. The song “Happy” and performed one song from last year’s EP the title track of “Fate to Fatal”. After a quick breather, the band came back out to play a rousing 15-minute encore set. The Deal sisters led their band mates through fuzz-guitar lo-fi numbers from Title TK. The TK extra session, included “Off You”, “Sons of Three”, and The Amps “Empty Glasses” to set up the finale, “The She”. Rock and roll is not about perfection, it is about live performance. If you want to hear the album, stay home. The near-capacity gathering at the Beachland got to witness a solid jam session with the real Deals, raw and ready.