Aidin Vaziri | The Breeders are on the road to promote a deluxe 20th anniversary reissue of “Last Splash,” the breakthrough second album that launched the irrepressible hit single “Cannonball.” Just like the first time around, the group’s leader, Kim Deal, left her position as bass player with the Pixies for the occasion, hooking up with twin sister Kelley, as well as the original personnel from the record – bassist Josephine Wiggs and drummer Jim Macpherson. We spoke with Kelley ahead of the band’s concerts at the Fillmore this week.
Q: What were your first impressions of “Last Splash” going back to listen to it 20 years later?
A: I was fairly impressed with the sequencing. You don’t listen to albums straight through like that anymore. At least I don’t. It’s more singles or YouTube or whatever. It used to be a big deal to make a record. They were scientific. They cost a lot of money, you pored over all these decisions, and you can really tell.
Q: Were you pleased that “Last Splash” outsold all of the Pixies albums and especially Frank Black’s?
A: We were on 4AD – this tiny little art label in England. I was too immature to understand sales – and not interested. Comparing it to somebody else – you couldn’t just Google sales figures. Nobody knew about that stuff.