Boomkat Product Review:
We love The Breeders. In fact at times it's bordered on obsession.
Their first record "Pod" must surely rank as one of the finest debut albums of all time, their "Safari" EP is in our opinion prime desert island disc material, and while "Last Splash" left us a little cold, their last album "Title TK" was exceptional and kinda overlooked.
After a six year break, Kim & Kelley Deal finally get around to putting together a new batch of songs, something possibly spurred on by the sudden jolt of activity initiated by the recent Pixies comeback. It was the documentary film associated with that reunion, loudQUIETloud, that gave the first evidence of new Breeders material surfacing (you get snatches of Kim laying down vocals for "Walk It Off" on her four-track), so we've been waiting in anticipation for the last year or so.
While the essential sound of the band hasn't deviated too far from the blueprint drawn up on Pod, there are times when it sounds like Kim and Kelley are recording on their own in some run down room together. Early single, 'We're Gonna Rise' is a textbook Deal sisters song, waltzing slowly through silky harmonies and rudimentary guitar arpeggios before 'German Studies' puts the grungy muscle back into their sound. More rough and ready fun is to be had with the primitive, distorted beats of 'Bang On', which presents a rawer, more garagey sound, and indeed, for all the sweet, dilapidated country of something like 'Here No More', or the melodious Latin American stylings of 'Regalame Esta Noche' it's always good to hear these two making a racket, especially on 'It's The Love', an exercise in pure '90s American alt. rock classicism, with a central fuzz-tone riff that could have been a Dinosaur Jr offcut from 'Where You Been' but for the fact that the guitar solo is packed with voluntarily rubbish technique and comically way off bum notes.
Nevertheless it rocks hard - let's not forget Kelley once took to the stage as part of Last Hard Men, alongside hair metal poster boy Sebastian Bach of Skid Row infamy. Now that's some pedigree, right? There's some classic Kim bass riffling on here too, as on 'Walk It Off', which on paper could be played by absolutely anyone, but the pacing and swagger is instantly recognisable as Kim's handiwork. Maybe its the fact that they don't appear to give a sh*t, maybe its just down to the songwriting, either way - the Breeders are still one of the finest bands you'll ever have the pleasure of spending 40 minutes of your life listening to...