The Return of The Breeders

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For fans of early nineties indie and alternative, there is not a lot of room for building excitement from “New Music from Kim Deal.” However, when you add that said new music is written and recorded with her beloved side-project The Breeders, the bands first release in 10 years, the excitement builds. Then when you add that the release was written and recorded by the bands original lineup, who last appeared on album together 20 years ago and are the group responsible for the legendary album Last Splash including the slide hook driven hit Cannonball, you have finally reached peak indie-freak-out level excitement.
All Nerve, the band’s fifth studio album, was released last month on 4AD. Though the band members are now all in their fifties with nearly three decades of adult life between the band’s formation and present day, the album sounds as energetic and urgent as if it had been released side by side with earlier albums Last Splash and Pod. The album’s first single Wait in the Car has been widely accepted as a return to form for the band since its early release last October.
Though The Breeders have had a reputation for clashing inter-band personalities and members past struggles with substance use, the band put all of these concerns behind them reuniting in 2013 to tour in support of the reissue of Last Splash. It was during this reunion that the band began to get interested in creating new music together. While few could have predicted it, this interest bloomed into a full-length album that sounds undeniably like classic Breeders while avoiding sounding stale, even featuring a collaboration with current indie-rock star Courtney Barnett.
The Breeders are currently touring in support of All Nerve and can be seen playing shows around the globe this spring.

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