are an America
n rock band, formed in 1988 by Kim Deal
and Throwing Muses
' Tanya Donelly
. After those original bands became less active, The Breeders became more important to both artists. A tape was sent of their original demos to Ivo Watts-Russell, who immediately signed the band to his 4AD
label in 1989. Their debut album, "Pod
", was recorded by Steve Albini
and released on 4AD in 1990. Deal's influence is obvious, but bassist Josephine Wiggs
drummer Britt Walford
(credited here as Shannon Doughton
) add to the ensemble sound.
By the release of the four-song EP "Safari
" in 1992, Deal was done with Pixies and had enlisted her twin sister Kelley Deal
to play guitar for the Breeders. Donelly exited the band to form Belly
, and drummer Jim MacPherson
joined in time for "Last Splash
" in 1993. The album spawned the hit "Cannonball
In 1995, Kelley Deal
was involved in a drug bust, so sister Kim formed the side project The Amps
with MacPherson, bassist Luis Lerma
(member of Dayton
band The Tasties
) and guitarist Nate Farley
, who later joined Guided by Voices
. The Amps released the album "Pacer
" in October of 1995. Following drug rehab, Kelley started the The Kelley Deal 6000
and also formed the unlikely Last Hard Men
with Skid Row
singer Sebastian Bach
, ex-Smashing Pumpkins
drummer Jimmy Chamberlin
, and Jimmy Flemion
of The Frogs
Rumours of Kim Deal reuniting with the original band continued to circulate in the 90s
, although the only material to surface was a cover of "Collage
," recorded for The Mod Squad soundtrack in 1999. The Deal sisters recruited new personnel to play several live shows in 2001, and returned to the studio with guitarist Richard Presley
, bass player Mando Lopez
and drummer Jose Medeles
to record the third Breeders studio album "Title TK
" with Steve Albini.
The Breeders were also recruited, in early 2002, to perform in an episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. They were approached by the production staff, after they had been performing the show's theme, originally written by Nerf Herder
, as a regular part of their concert set for a long time. The episode is entitled Him, and aired November 5th of 2002.
In 2004, Warner Music Group announced plans to drop the Breeders from their label following low album sales of "Title TK." The decision came with Warner's plans to drop several other artists as well.
The new album called "Mountain Battles
" was released in the first half of 2008. The band lineup is the same as Title TK, minus Richard Presley.
The Breeders' third EP, Fate to Fatal
was released on April 21, 2009. It contains a Bob Marley
cover ("Chances Are") and a song with vocals by Mark Lanegan
. The title track was recorded at The Fortress Studios, London, by The Go! Team
producer Gareth Parton. The music video featured the Arch Rival Roller Girls, a St. Louis roller derby league.
The Breeders were curators of an edition of the All Tomorrow's Parties festival taking place in May 2009 in Minehead, England. They played the ATP New York 2010 music festival in Monticello, New York, in September 2010.