The Breeders Hitting The Road

(HER) The Breeders are set to kick off a series of summer tour dates starting Wednesday, August 5 in Newport, KY. The band, comprised of Kim Deal/lead vocals, guitar; Kelley Deal/guitar, backing vocals; Jose Medeles/drums, percussion, Mando Lopez/bass, and Cheryl Lindsey/guitar, will play fifteen dates on this run, including two at New York's Bowery Ballroom on August 18 and 19. Between the Breeders' European tour plans and Kim Deal's Pixies tour schedule, these dates will be the only U.S. dates for the band this year. A full itinerary is below.

The tour dates are in support of The Breeder's recent 4-song EP, Fate To Fatal, which was released this past April as both a digital download via iTunes and a limited-edition 12-inch vinyl EP. The cover art for Fate to Fatal was designed by Chris Glass who also created the logo for President Obama's "American Recovery and Reinvestmant Act," and was personally hand-screened by Kim and Kelley. The limited edition vinyl sold out in a matter of days, prompting the band to have more made, this time with full-colour art (although not hand-screened by the Deal sisters) and available - at least for right now - only at these upcoming shows.

On these August dates, fans can expect to hear some of the songs from Fate to Fatal as well as other songs that the band hasn't played in years. This past May, The Breeders performed and curated the "All Tomorrow's Parties festival in the UK, organizing a line up that included Bon Iver, Gang of Four, the Foals, X, J-Zone and Heartless Bastards, among others. This December, the band will return to Britain to perform on the "10 Years of All Tomorrow's Parties," sharing the stage with the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Modest Mouse and a host of other artists who have been part of ATP's past decade.

About Fate to Fatal, Kim Deal says, "We started with a song called 'Fate to Fatal.' The Breeders were on tour all of last year, so we booked time at a place called the Fortress in London, England, and worked with a guy named Gareth Parton. At the beginning, Gareth and I were really snitty towards each other, which can turn out bad or good. And it turned out really good. The second song, 'The Last Time,' I wrote, but I recorded it in my basement - we have a guest vocalist on it, Mark Lanegan [Screaming Trees, Queens of the Stone Age, The Gutter Twins]. The third song is a cover of a Bob Marley and the Wailers song, 'Chances Are.' Kelley and I recorded it live in Chicago at Steve Albini's. And the last song, 'Pinnacle Hollow,' I did in my basement on a four-track - tape hiss and all."

Dates for the Breeders tour are as follows:

5 Southgate House, Newport, KY (Times New Viking supports)
6 The Vogue, Indianapolis, IN (Times New Viking supports)
7 Blueberry Hill, St. Louis, MO (Times New Viking supports)
8 Bottleneck, Lawrence, KS (Times New Viking supports)
9 Showdown, Omaha, NE (Times New Viking supports)
11 Fine Line Music Cafe, Minneapolis, MN (Whispertown 2000 supports)
12 Majestic Theatre, Madison, WI (Whispertown 2000 supports)
13 Metro, Chicago, IL (Whispertown 2000 supports)
14 Crofoot Ballroom, Pontiac, MI (Whispertown 2000 supports)
15 Lee's Place, Toronto, ONT (Whispertown 2000 supports)
17 Paradise Ballroom, Boston, MA (Whispertown 2000 supports)
18 Bowery Ballroom, New York, NY (Whispertown 2000 supports)
19 Bowery Ballroom, New York, NY (Whispertown 2000 supports)
21 Black Cat, Washington, D.C. (Whispertown 2000 supports)
22 Diesel Club Lounge, Pittsburgh, PA (Whispertown 2000 supports)
23 Newport Music Hall, Columbus, OH (Whispertown 2000 supports)

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