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The Breeders


Mia Maclean

The Pixies may have changed the course of rock, but it was Kim Deal's side project as songwriter, singer and guitarist of The Breeders with breakout smash hit 'Cannonball' from 1993 album Last Splash that cemented their status as alt-rock heroes. Get to know the coolest band in the world.

The basics

The band

The definitive Last Splash line up are back together:

  • Kim Deal – lead vocals, guitar
  • Josephine Wiggs – bass, vocals
  • Jim Macpherson – drums
  • Kelley Deal – lead guitar, vocals

Former members:

  • Tanya Donelly – guitar, vocals
  • Carrie Bradley – violin
  • Britt Walford – drums
  • Nate Farley – guitar
  • Luis Lerma – bass
  • Richard Presley – guitar
  • Mando Lopez – bass
  • Jose Medeles – drums

The albums

The genre

One of the alternative-rock greats that emerged from the 90s

The song

One word: Cannonball

  • The bassline came from a mistake made by Josephine, a slip of the finger created one of the most iconic basslines of the 90s
  • #22 Pitchfork ‘Song of the 90s’
  • American filmmaker Spike Jonze and Sonic Youth frontwoman Kim Gordon directed the iconic video for 'Cannonball'

"A freewheeling, shaggyheaded, bighearted mess of a song"Rolling Stone

Who they've collaborated with...

Steve Albini

"A freak, a wonderful character." - Kelley Deal

One of the most prominent producers and sound engineers of his generation, Steve Albini has helped hundreds of bands realise their recorded sound over the past three decades including Nirvana, Pixies, and of course, The Breeders. Albini has engineered all The Breeders' albums except Last Splash (1993).

Richard Ayoade

"He’s been a fan of the Breeders since he was around 13, when he traveled from his home in Ipswich to London to get the band’s first album, Pod

Best known for his role in British sitcom The IT Crowd, the mutli-talented Richard Ayoade directed The Breeders post-apocalyptic video 'Spacewoman'. Having directed music videos for Arctic Monkeys, Vampire Weekend and Yeah Yeah Yeahs in the past, Ayoade was enlisted to help The Breeders create a sci-fi thriller world for their latest single from recent album, All Nerve.

Courtney Barnett

“I love them. They’re such a damn good band. I like Kim’s other projects too. I just think she’s a really inspiring person.” - Courtney Barnett

In 2015, Kim Deal and Opera House alumna Courtney Barnett met over a podcast for The Talkhouse, chatting about everything from obsessing in the studio to the relationship between drugs and creativity. Since then, Kim and Courtney have lent vocals to each other, Courtney appearing on All Nerve and Kim and Kelley Deal featuring in two of Courtney Barnett's songs from her new album Tell Me How You Really Feel.

Who they've influenced...

The Prodigy

“Since I own, like, a quarter of [Firestarter]…I root for them since they used a song of mine. It’s like I’m in the biology club and they’re in the football team, you know?” - Kim Deal

English electronic godfathers The Prodigy have sampled two of The Breeders’ tracks from their seminal album Last Splash. The iconic fuzzy guitar line from their 1997 global hit ‘Firestarter’ was a Kim Deal original, sampled from track ‘S.O.S.’.

Kurt Cobain

“I wish Kim was allowed to write more songs for the Pixies, because 'Gigantic' is the best Pixies song and Kim wrote it.” - Kurt Cobain, 1992 

Kurt Cobain was a big fan of Kim Deal from the beginning, so much so he took The Breeders on tour with Nirvana in 1992 helping launch the band into the spotlight before the release of their second album, Last Splash.

Neil Gaiman

“And then All Nerve arrives and it's as if no time at all has passed. Music slices us in time, and I get to remember what it means to be excited by music all over again.” - Neil Gaiman

The prolific English author Neil Gaiman wrote a heartfelt ode to The Breeders with the release of All Nerve this year. He explores how time, place and constant change play parts in our interpretation of the world but how music as honest and raw as The Breeders “slices us in time”. Read the full bio here.


The song that started it all...

“I tell you what, this had never happened before with the Pixies. I was in a bar and there was a dancefloor in the bar, and the DJ played 'Cannonball' and people rushed to the floor and it was the first time that I had ever been in a band where people actually danced to the song, any song, that the band had ever done. It was like, oh my God, people are dancing to this, it’s crazy… I rushed out there just so I could stand there whilst people were dancing to the song.” - Kim Deal

You can't miss The Breeders because...

It's their Opera House debut in the Concert Hall. Whoa!

This is the first time you'll hear songs live from their new album All Nerve.

They'd never say it, but ask around …they're pretty much the coolest band in the world.

The playlist

Experience The Breeders via our Spotify playlist. Spanning all parts of their career, featuring the greatest tracks from their 30 year career, Kim Deal's widespread collaborations and many side-projects of members past and present.

Check out members Kim Deal, Kelley Deal, Josephine Wiggs and original co-founder Tanya Donelly’s side projects that range from alt-rock to atmospheric.

Plus Prodigy samples, Beatles covers, and even a cover of the Buffy the Vampire Slayer theme song which landed the band a guest appearance on an episode of the show in 2002. Enjoy!

For your chance to win 1 of 3 copies of The Breeders' new album All Nerve on vinyl, please email with 'The Breeders' in the subject line, your full name and answer this question:

What American cult TV show did The Breeders appear on in 2002?

The first three correct answers win. Competition ends 5pm AEDT, Thursday 29 November. Read the terms and conditions.

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