The Breeders

Q&A: The Breeders’ Kelley Deal on the 20th anniversary of Last Splash

The Breeders: LSXXThe Breeders: LSXX (4AD, 4/23/13)

When The Breeders released the classic Last Splash in 1993, the band still was congealing into a new state. Begun as a side project by Pixies bassist Kim Deal in 1990, the rock quartet was transitioning to being a primary focus, and twin sister Kelley Deal had joined the band just a year prior, taking the place of guitarist Tanya Donelly (Throwing Muses) despite limited six-string experience.

Together, however, the Deal sisters made something special that capitalized on their vocal-and-guitar interplay. Aided by their history, Last Splash was a minimal, quirky rock gem. (“Do You Love Me Now?” dates back to 1970s, when the teenage Kim and Kelley played cover songs in bars.)

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The Breeders Announce Tour, Ready for Album

The BreedersThe Breeders, the on-and-off project from Pixies bassist Kim Deal and her twin sister Kelley, have announced dates on the 4AD website for their tour in support of their coming April release, Mountain Battles. After an appearance at Coachella and a handful of West Coast dates, the group will make their way across the country to the East Coast. The Breeders will also be offering a single not available in the U.S., featuring “We’re Gonna Rise” (previously found for .2 seconds on their Myspace page) and “German Demonstration” — a preview of the linguistic endeavors on the new album.