Posts Tagged ‘Josephine Wiggs’

Image002

Being released this November as part of Record Store Day’s sister Black Friday event is a faithful repress of the 12” version of The Breeders’ Safari EP, complete with Shinro Ohtake’s 1983 charcoal drawing Nairobi VIII adorning its cover. Originally released in April 1992, sandwiched between their first two albums (Pod and Last Splash), The Breeders’ Safari EP came at a time when Kim’s Pixies commitments were winding down and her new band were on the cusp of releasing a platinum-selling album.

Their first record to feature Kim Deal’s twin Kelley, the EP was recorded in two studios with the bulk coming from a session in New York, which provided an early version of Do You Love Me Now?, Don’t Call Home and a cover of The Who’s So Sad About Us. The title track, Safari, was recorded separately in London by Kim, Josephine Wiggs and drummer Jon Mattock (Spacemen 3 / Spiritualized).

Advertisements

The Breeders - All Nerve

Richard Ayoade, the BAFTA-nominated film director (Submarine, The Double), actor (IT Crowd, Garth Marenghi’s Darkplace), TV presenter (Travel Man, The Crystal Maze) and comedian, has been a long-time fan of The Breeders.

As a young teen in 1990, Ayoade recalls travelling from his Ipswich home to London to buy the band’s first album Pod.  Today, nearly 30 years after making that journey, he has teamed up with his favourite band to create an eerie short story for their latest single, ‘Space Woman’.

Described by The Breeders’ Kim Deal as “a sci-fi thriller with the soul of [deceased fiction writer] Harlan Ellison,” Ayoade’s visual treatment depicts Deal in a spacesuit navigating a woodland landscape.  Shot on 35mm film and in one seamless take, she encounters fellow Breeders members Jim Macpherson, Josephine Wiggs and Kelley Deal in various states of trauma.

New album, ‘All Nerve’, featuring ‘Spacewoman’ is out now:

‘Space Woman’ is taken from The Breeder’s latest album All Nerve, their first album in a decade and their first in 25 years reuniting the iconic Last Splashline-up of the aforementioned Deal sisters, Wiggs and Macpherson. Also featuring the singles ‘Wait In The Car’, ‘All Nerve’ and ‘Nervous Mary’, It’s the band’s fifth studio album

Image may contain: 2 people, people smiling, people on stage

Earlier this year, record label 4AD announced the long awaited release of The Breeders‘ fifth album ‘All Nerve’, out on 2nd March. It’s an album five years in the making, with work beginning after a string of shows to celebrate the 20th anniversary of their second album ‘Last Splash’. Since this is their first album release in 10 years, and marks the reunion of the ‘Last Splash’ lineup of Kim and Kelley Deal, Josephine Wiggs, and Jim MacPherson,

The Breeders‘ first four albums will be reissued on vinyl by 4AD next month. All of the Breeders’ previous albums  Pod, Last Splash, Title TK, and Mountain Battles – will be re-issued on vinyl on 18th May.

With their new album All Nerve released last month, The Breeders have now confirmed plans to reissue their first four albums on vinyl . The reissues will arrive via 4AD, with their debut Pod from 1990, 1993’s Last Splash, Title TK from 2002 and their last album before their extended hiatus, 2008’s Mountain Battles all the subject of the reissue plans.

The band will play a handful of shows in the UK and Ireland in late May folllowing the release of the reissues taking in dates in Belfast, Dublin, Edinburgh, Leeds and London, before returning for a further few shows in July.

The Breeders continue to tour their latest album All Nerve with further European dates announced for November.  The group will also play two shows before FYF Festival in July.  Currently on the road in North America,

Pod

Pod,

The 1990 debut featuring the line-up of Pixie’s Kim Deal, Throwing Muses’ Tanya Donelly, the Perfect Disaster’s Josephine Wiggs and Slint’s Britt Walford, was recorded by Steve Albini.  Kurt Cobain listed the record as one of his top three favourite albums saying, “the way they structure [the songs] is totally unique.”  Critically acclaimed when it came out, Pod’s legacy lives on It was “blissful mindfuck of a record,” and ranked it in their Best Albums of the 90s.

Back in 1989, and with tension mounting in the Pixies between Kim Deal and Black Francis, The Breeders‘ first demo’s were recorded between Kim and Throwing Muse‘s Tanya Donnelly after they met while touring together in their respective bands. This would lead to the release of debut album ‘Pod’ in 1990, an album which would receive critical acclaim from the music press. It’s rough, visceral, owing largely down to the simplistic production which allows the attitude with which the band play their instruments to carry through the record. No where is this more apparent than on the incredibly original interpretation of The Beatles‘ ‘Happiness Is A Warm Gun’, a track injected with attitude here. The true strength of this album is in listening to it as a collective whole, as each song lends something to the experience. Their best was yet to come however…

Last Splash,

Recorded in 1993 by what is now regarded as the ‘classic’ Breeders line-up of Kim and Kelley Deal, Josephine Wiggs and Jim Macpherson.  Including the twisted pop singles ‘Cannonball’ and ‘Divine Hammer’, it has become one of the defining albums of the 90s.

What else? The Breeders‘ quintessential 1993 album ‘Last Splash’ followed on from the warped and jagged ‘Pod’ by throwing caution to the wind, producing an erratic, distorted, and yet intensely textured masterpiece of 90’s alt-rock. The results of their almost sarcastic jab at the crossover between chart success and the alt-rock/grunge movement landed Kim and the band with unexpected commercial success; ‘Last Splash’ would eventually go platinum in the United States, and lead single ‘Cannonball’ filled dance floor’s up and down the country. While ‘Cannonball’ is still their most recognisable song, ‘Last Splash’ delivers throughout, taking a number of detours along the way; ‘Invisible Man’, with it’s grinding, hazy guitar hooks and string arrangement; ‘Do You Love Me Now?’, with it’s brooding, chugging guitar in ode to feeling lovesick; and ‘Flipside’, a sub 2 minute instrumental blast of sheer joy, with a playful guitar line and copious amounts of cymbal smashing. ‘Last Splash’ presents The Breeders at their best; inventive, eccentric, effortlessly cool, and full of a vigour lost among the grunge crossover bands of the early 90’s.

Title Tk [Explicit]

Title TK

2002’s Title TK saw the band work with Steve Albini once more, with the Guardian saying it was “a welcome return to punky pop that knows how to flex some melodic muscle.”  The album has been out of print on vinyl since its release. Ending a 9 year hiatus, The Breeders came back in 2002 with ‘Title TK’, a tuneful yet melancholy and skeletal album at odds with their previous work. It drifts between different tones seemingly on a track by track basis, a little unsettled and unsure of itself, yet there are moments here of brooding which are reminiscent of early work by PJ Harvey; in the dark punk sounds of ‘Little Fury’ and ‘Son Of Three’, and in the soft ballad ‘Off You’.

On release, critics weren’t as enthralled with ‘Title TK’ as they had been with previous album ‘Last Splash’, lamenting the albums lack of creative flare and citing an unoriginal re-recording of ‘Full On Idle’ (originally recorded by Kim Deal’s other side project The Amps) as evidence of this. Retrospective listeners, however, have noted that ‘Title TK’ works more under the pretext of a concept album; a record about the absence of things, or about losing things and making do in order to move forward.

Mountain Battles

Fourth album Mountain Battles, a perfectly formed album of 13 miniatures in 36 minutes engineered by Steve Albini, was originally released in 2008.  Like Title TK before it, Mountain Battles has been out of print since its release.

Another gap followed the release of ‘Title TK’ before The Breeders were ready to release their most recent album ‘Mountain Battles’. With a more stable lineup this time around, ‘Mountain Battles’ sees progression from ‘Title TK’ in terms of attitude; it’s more optimistic, defiantly so, and finds the band willing to return to throwing in tracks from left field. ‘Istanbul’ is an understated eastern-style chant, while ‘Regalame Este Noche’ provides a hint of Spanish slow-dance to the proceedings. Although it takes a little time to warm up, ‘Mountain Battles’ is a largely successful return to the spiky, inventive sound The Breeder‘s had used so effectively during their earlier years.

All Nerve

All Nerve

The Breeders’ fifth studio album, saw the iconic line-up of Kim and Kelley Deal, Josephine Wiggs and Jim Macpherson reunite for the first time since the release of the platinum-selling album Last Splash. Released earlier this year, critics and fans welcomed them back with open arms and they scored their highest chart positions – including top 10 in the UK – in 25 years.

The Breeders - New European Tour Dates, Back Catalogue Vinyl Reissues

No automatic alt text available.
‘All Nerve’ – the first new album from The Breeders in a decade – reunites band members Kim and Kelley Deal, Josephine Wiggs and Jim Macpherson, the lineup behind the iconic and platinum-selling record, ‘Last Splash’.
The quartet returned to the stage in 2013 to celebrate the album’s 20th anniversary and have been quietly working on new material since then.
Featuring the tracks ‘Wait In The Car’ and title track ‘All Nerve’, recording took place at Candyland, Dayton, Kentucky, with Mike Montgomery; Electrical Audio, Chicago, with Steve Albini and Greg Norman; and with Tom Rastikis at Fernwood Studios, Dayton, Ohio.
Artwork was conceived by Chris Bigg, who has worked with The Breeders since their first album, ‘Pod’. ‘All Nerve’ is released on CD and 180g black vinyl with digital download card. It’s also available to us pressed on 180g orange vinyl with alternate artwork and digital download code. Released via 4AD Records.

‘All Nerve’, the new album by The Breeders, will be released on March 2nd 2018 on 4AD Records.

The album is available on standard black vinyl, indie-exclusive orange vinyl (w/ alternative cover), CD and digital services. It is available to pre-order now. Bundle options are available from the band and 4AD, including the final ‘Wait In The Car’ 7” and t-shirts:

 Tracklist:
1.Nervous Mary
2.Wait In The Car
3.All Nerve
4.MetaGoth
5.Spacewoman
6.Walking With A Killer
7.Howl At The Summit
8.Archangel’s Thunderbird
9.Dawn: Making An Effort
10.Skinhead #2
11.Blues At The Acropolis
No automatic alt text available.

Breeders All Nerve Art.jpg

American alternative-rock heroes The Breeders have announced the details of their first new album in 10 years, “All Nerve”, out on March. 2nd,

The band’s classic lineup of Kim and Kelley Deal, Josephine Wiggs and Jim Macpherson will return for their new album. The Breeders returned to the stage in 2013 to celebrate the 20th anniversary of their LP, Last Splash, and have been working on new material since then. A 2018 album release was confirmed back in November.

Lead All Nerve single “Wait in the Car,” released back in October, is a vindictive alternative-punk track featuring The Breeders’ trademark bratty lead vocals and a “Teenage Kicks”-like guitar riff. “All Nerve” itself is a dynamic track that ping-pongs between subdued verses and crunching choruses.

Revisit “Wait in the Car” and check out venues for The Breeders’ world tour dates.

The Breeders have released two albums since the turn of the century, but their forthcoming record will be the first made with the lineup of Kim Deal, Kelley Deal, Josephine Wiggs and Jim McPherson since 1993’s Last Splash. They recruited Steve Albini to help out recording drums on a few tracks, and the album promises to feature a contribution from Courtney Barnett, too. If last year’s raucous “Wait in the Car” is any indication of what to expect, it should be a good time.

Image may contain: 2 people, people smiling, people on stage

The Breeders are back. You can watch the lyric video to their latest track, “Wait in the Car,” is their first new music since 2009’s Fate to Fatal EP, with their last full-length, Mountain Battles, came out the year before that. However, it’s not, as of now, scheduled for inclusion on an upcoming album

The barely two-minute track opens up with the sounds found on that tweet, some power chords followed by Kim Deal shouting, “Good morning!” Its video was directed by Chris Bigg and Martin Andersen, who created the video out of 800 still images.

The song will be released on three separated colored vinyl 7-inch singles. Fans attending their upcoming tour will be able to purchase an orange vinyl copy backed with a cover of Amon Düül II’s “Archangel’s Thunderbird” that they recorded with Steve Albini. Then on October 27th, a yellow vinyl version, with their take on Devo‘s “Gates of Steel” as the b-side, will arrive in select independent record shops. They have yet to announce details for the third single, a red vinyl 45 with a cover of Michael Nesmith’s “Joanne” on the flip side. Pressings of all three will be limited to 1,500 copies.

The Breeders are: Kim Deal (vocals and guitar); Kelley Deal (guitar and vocals); Jim Macpherson (drums); Josephine Wiggs (bass). They are currently recording a new album.

The Breeders will head to Europe for two weeks before returning home to open a pair of shows for Arcade Fire. Then, they’ll begin a headlining tour of the U.S. in November.