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Breeders Stay Proudly Indie

Of the Oakland Press

Posted: Friday, August 14, 2009

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It’s been more than a decade-and-a-half since The Breeders made their big splash with “Last Splash.” But Kim Deal, who co-founded the group in the late ’80s during down time from Pixies, finds that platinum album made a lasting impressing.

“People remember the song ‘Cannonball,’ so they imagine a bigger life for us or something,” says Deal, 48, who, along with her sister Kelley, has kept The Breeders alive despite occasional lengthy hiatuses. “But it’s really just indie music, small-time, you know? We love it, but there really are people who think of us as bigger than we are.”

The Breeders released its first album in six years, “Mountain Battles,” in 2008, as well as an EP, “Fate to Fatal,” in April. But Deal also has been balancing The Breeders with Pixies, who have been playing intermittently since reuniting in 2004. The group has been particularly busy this year, despite initially planning to be off; it performed at the Isle of Wight festival in Britain, will perform its 1989 album “Doolittle” in Europe and North America this fall and is releasing a box set called “Minotaur” in October.

“It’s kind of like, ‘Great, we’re gonna do some stuff ... ’ ” Deal says. “We got offered the Isle of Wight, and they were telling us some other band, some other band, then us, then Neil Young, and we were like, ‘OK, whatever, sure, we’ll be there,’ and that put us back in motion.”

The Breeders perform Friday (Aug. 14) at The Crofoot Ballroom, 1 S. Saginaw St., Pontiac. Doors open at 8 p.m. Tickets are $17. Call (248) 858-9333 or visit www.thecrofoot.com.

Web Site: www.thecrofoot.com

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