It’s hard to believe that 20 years have passed since Kim Deal, Kelley Deal, Josephine Wiggs and Jim Macpherson, collective known of course as the Breeders, released the classic album “Last Splash”, but it has been that long. Yes, 20 years have gone by since the band’s biggest hit, “Cannonball” was a mainstay on college radio stations and everywhere you turned that summer. So what’s the good news for fans, who probably are now feeling a little older think about where they were when they first heard Deal’s post-Pixies project? Well that would be a reunion tour and a fully loaded reissue of the album, this time around dubbed “LSXX”.
So how did all of this come about? With a simple text message from Kim Deal sent to fellow band mates last fall saying, “Should we get together to play Last Splash for its twentieth anniversary?” The answer was unanimous and they met up last November to start rehearsals. The tour kicks off in May, with many dates selling out in moments. For the rest of the fans who can’t make the trek to see the band, there is still something to celebrate, which is the album reissue, which is being released in two formats, the limited edition seven LP boxed set or a three CD set. The limited edition set is accompanied by a 24-page book which collects photos from the Last Splash sessions, plus the band’s personal tour photos and anecdotes written by the Breeders, Kim Gordon, J Mascis, and others.
The Breeders’ “Bang On”
Along with the original record, which is not remastered, the box set will also include four 10″ EPs, Safari, Cannonball, Divine Hammer, and Head to Toe, in addition to a live album on 12″, Stockholm Syndrome, recorded in Stockholm in 1994. The box set’s final 12″ contains a July 24, 1993 BBC radio session, as well as the original Last Splash demos from November 1992. The 3xCD format contains the same material.
Many of the recordings that are included in the set have never been released before, and for some of the tracks, it will be the first time they receive a worldwide release. So basically, enough rarities and unheard gems to satisfy even the most critical of fans of the band.
Written by Christina Lawler
OurVinyl | Contributor
The Breeders’ “Cannonball”
You can try your hand at catching the band live at any of the following dates.
3rd – Mr. Smalls Theatre, Pittsburgh PA
4th – 9:30 Club, Washington, D.C.
5th – The Trocadero, Philadelphia, PA
6th – Webster Hall, New York, NY (SOLD OUT)
9th – Royale Nightclub, Boston, MA (SOLD OUT)
11th – Danforth Music Hall, Toronto, ONT Canada
12th – Majestic Theatre, Detroit, MI
14th – Mercy Lounge, Nashville, TN
15th – Variety Playhouse, Atlanta, GA
17th – Hangout Festival, Gulf Shores, AL
24th – Primavera, Barcelona, Spain
27th – Le Bikini, Toulouse, France
28th – Le Rocher De Palmer, Bordeaux, France
30th – Primavera, Porto, Portugal
1st – Trianon, Paris, France
2nd – Ancienne Belgique, Brussels, Belgium
3rd – Paradiso, Amsterdam, Holland
14th – Vicar Street, Dublin, Ireland
17th – ABC, Glasgow, Scotland
18th – Ritz, Manchester, England
19th – Forum, London, England
21st – ATP Festival, Camber Sands, UK
For more details on the band, the tour and of course the album release, check out the website at http://thebreederslsxx.com/
Written by Christina Lawler