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The Breeders


Fri 8 Aug 2008, 7:30pm

Where: Bruce Mason Centre, Cnr Hurstmere Rd & The Promenade, Takapuna, Auckland

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  • Adult: $57.50
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Solid Entertainment are thrilled to announce the return of the incomparable Breeders.

“The Breeders are a beguiling force. New songs are seamlessly layered with old favourites, the quicksand rhythm of Overglazed nestling next to the fireworks of No Aloha and of Divine Hammer. The sisters' vocals bounce and swim around one another like sulky schoolgirls on the Beatles' Happiness Is a Warm Gun, and are wise and warm as matriarchs on the acoustic Here No More. Naturally, it's Kim's distorted yelping on indie anthem Cannonball that sends the moshpit mad, and as her gaze flashes from the crowd to her sister, she's left in no doubt that she is still both cool and loved” (The Guardian, Live Review, 23 April 08).

With roots stretching back to the late 80s, through ground breaking releases in the 90s and connections with some of the most influential acts and musicians of recent times, the Breeders and Kim Deal have consistently played an integral part in making and shaping alternative music.

Now in 2008 there are three rather excellent reasons for celebration. The Breeders return with a brand new album Mountain Battles, they’re back on the road to great acclaim and yes they’re returning to New Zealand! The Breeders span several generations and remain as relevant and vital as always. Maybe more so now than ever before - an achievement that can only come with quality and time.

Mountain Battles, is a musical and critical tour de force. It is by turns goofy, groovy, melancholic, strung-out, catchy, atmospheric and impossibly lovely. It captures wonderfully all the bittersweet electricity of classic Breeders records like Pod and Last Splash, whilst still managing to break new ground. The Breeders are constantly evolving, always interesting and their story just grows and grows. They are a band that command huge respect.

“Kim Deal remains one of the sexiest women in rock, and it’s all in her voice. A voice that, for 20-some-odd years, has been more crucial to the alternative rock universe than Courtney Love, Cat Power, and Jemina Pearl combined. A voice that made you really wish she sang lead on more Pixies songs than she did. A voice that, when combined with initially Throwing Muses/Belly chanteuse Tonya Donnelly and later her twin sister Kelley, creates one of the most heavenly sounds to emerge from the late ‘80s/early ‘90s as The Breeders”. (Pop Matters).

The sold out Breeders shows of 2003 are remembered as reverential experiences and thrilling gigs. There is every reason to think 2008 will transcend everything that has gone before. With an album that stacks up next to their very best and Kim’s recent high profile sojourns on Pixies touring duties these upcoming Breeders shows are sure to be celebratory, unmissable events.

The Breeders delighted the crowd at the main stage Coachella just two weeks ago on 27 April 2008. “I’d forgotten how amazing the Breeders are; they quite literally stopped me in my tracks. The quality and depth of their songs, the repartee between the band, the sense of history; there really aren’t too many around like this” (Alfie, Real Groovy).

Kim Deal is an iconic singer/songwriter going from strength to strength. The live touring line up includes Title TK veterans Jose Medeles (drums) & Mando Lopez (bass), plus Cheryl Lindsey (keys and guitar). As always the presence of her twin sister and comrade in arms Kelley Deal (guitar and vocals) only adds to the sense that these shows will be by turns, exciting, fragile, noisy, beautiful, timeless, unpredictable and magical affairs!

“Mountain Battles is off the wall, catchy, and adorable all at once”. (NZ Herald)

“With material as good as this, we can bear to do without Pixies for a while yet”. (OMH)

“The Pixies may have had the greater impact on music in their brief pomp, but it's The Breeders who are proving to be the more rewarding over time. Like their three previous records, "Mountain Battles" is a record to return to again and again, like an old and dear friend who can still somehow surprise you”. (Yahoo Reviews).

“Deal's bass is one of the most comforting sounds in rock, her tender, bruised-violet voice being another, and hearing her again is like meeting a good friend after a long hiatus.” (The Guardian)


Tickets on sale from 15 May from Ticketmaster and Real Groovy Records.

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