The Breeders was the result of a side project by Kim Deal, who balked when Black Francis (guitarist, vocalist and leader of their then-group, the Pixies) gave the compositions by the bassist (and future vocalist) short shrift.
But what were meant to be a few seasons of freedom and respite from Francis, resulted in a band capable of achieving the kind of commercial success that the Pixies only garnered after splitting up and returning years later, capitalising on the band’s cult status.
Deal’s comeback began with Last Splash, The Breeders’ second album, which she recorded with twin sister Kelley (guitar/vocals), Josephine Wiggs (bass) and Jim MacPherson (drums). Since it’s often considered one of the most important records of the 1990s, label 4AD has released LSXX, a bonus-filled edition commemorating its 20-year anniversary. And to promote the recent reissue, the band is set to play the beloved album in its entirety at its 24 July performance at Cine Joia.
This is the third trip to Brazil for the Deal sisters and company following visits in 2003 and 2008. Local fans will be rocking forward to two of The Breeders’ biggest hits, ‘Cannonball’, with its hypnotic, unforgettable bass line and the dulcet and heartfelt longing of ‘Divine Hammer’. Beside these alt-rock staples, expect strong tracks like the equally catchy ‘Invisible Man’, the sweet rustic swing of ‘Drivin’ on 9’, and the punk-pop feel of ‘I Just Wanna Get Along’.
In addition to the first album, 1990’s Pod, The Breeders recorded three more albums. But none of them mirrored the success of Last Splash, which showcased the strength of Kim’s compositions, previously ignored by Francis Black’s reign over the Pixies. Incidentally, Deal left the group permanently last month to devote herself exclusively to The Breeders. For those who want to relive or possibly experience this treasure of 1990s indie rock for the first time, this is a must-see event.