The culture and music of the ’90s has been experiencing a renaissance for the past few years, and it seems everyone wants on the bandwagon. Friday, one of the seminal alternative bands of the ’90s plays The Bell House in Brooklyn. Yes, The Breeders are back.
Led by Kim Deal, best known then as the bassist in the Pixies, The Breeders made a name for themselves with their riff-heavy pop and their MTV hit “Cannonball.”
The Breeders toured behind their platinum album “Last Splash” for two years in the ’90s, and then disbanded. 2002’s “Title TK” and a few other tour dates notwithstanding, The Breeders have existed purely in memory.
But now, 20 years later, they’re back with LSXX, the “Last Splash” reunion tour and the deluxe reissue of the album.
amNY spoke with Kelley Deal, guitarist and twin sister of Kim, from their home in Ohio.
Reflecting on the past 20 years, how do you feel? Excited? We’ve known about it [the tour] for awhile, but I’m glad [other] people are hearing about it. It’s like we’ve been in a lab.
Why does playing an album that’s 20 years old appeal to you? I really like the idea of playing an album from beginning to the end. It’s really exciting. We’re even having Jim MacPherson [the drummer] play the wind chimes, the same ones that he even had in San Francisco \[where “Last Splash” was recorded\]. I love that s---. ... There’s also a five-minute dirge in the middle of the record. We’ve never played that live.... I’m thrilled to play it.
What are you looking forward to on this tour? I’m just looking forward to spending time with Jim and Carrie [Bradley, violin]. They were here last week, we were meant to go to ... practice, but we spent an hour talking. It’s like a new relationship again.
I saw a picture of you and Lil Bub, the Internet cat, on your website. Tell me the story. R-Ring [Deal’s band with Mike Montgomery] did a show in Bloomington, Ind. We were doing a show at the Russian Recording Studio and Mike, the guy who owns it, was like ‘I’ve got a cat’ and he said her name was Lil Bub and I was like ‘the Lil Bub?’ And he invited us over to Lil Bub’s apartment! She was such a great spirit. It was totally the highlight of the tour.
If you go: The Breeders are at The Bell House Friday at 9 p.m., 149 Seventh St., Gowanus, 718-643-6510, sold out.