Artists and bands have traditional ways of releasing their news that include press releases, Facebook posts, and tweets. Interviews, also common, can reveal even more. Kim Deal, former Pixies bassist, used Marc Maron’s podcast, WTF With Marc Maron, as a news outlet to announce new work coming from her new group, The Breeders, of which she is the lead vocalist and guitarist.
Maron’s podcast goes for an hour or more and leaves no stone left unturned. He has aired grievances and resolved beefs; he occasionally mentions his ex-wife, but tonight the show revealed less about him and more about Deal’s new album. The reveal, which told Maron’s audience about an album coming out next year, was confirmed by The Breeders’ official representatives. Maron’s announcement suggests the whole thing had been planned. Some artists go on Kimmel, others skip the cameras and call up Marc.
In an interview that discussed Deal’s career and upbringing, she mentioned that Steve Albini “recorded two of the songs drum-wise” on the upcoming album. Albini is one of those guys in the industry who does it all—writes, records, plays—you name it. He’s been endlessly praised for the sound he helped Nirvana to achieve on their final album, In Utero, as well as for other of his recording and producing projects. It comes as no surprise that Deal and Albini are acquainted because of their involvement in the world of punk and hard rock.
The Breeders have not released an album in eight years, since Fate To Fatal. They did however release a new song earlier this year in October, “Wait in the Car.” Started in 1989, The Breeders have undergone several lineup changes that have left Deal as the sole consistent thread. Their first album, Pod, reached the gold standard of punk: limited commercial success despite wide critical acclaim. Three years later in 1993 The Breeders released an album that did experience mainstream success. Last Splash was made famous by its hit single, “Cannonball.”
Deal left The Pixies for the same reasons Kyrie Irving left Cleveland for the Celtics. Fed up with a subordinate role despite great talent, the two went on to start their own groups with themselves at the center. Deal began writing new music with Throwing Muses guitarist Tanya Donelly while The Pixies promoted Surfa Rosa on tour. Their music and group took off and The Breeders became a bonafide rock band that could survive on its own merit. All these years later, they’re making a new album. Find Marc Maron’s interview with Deal here.