The Breeders circa 1993 | Photo by Kevin Westenberg
The Breeders will mark the 30th anniversary of their breakthrough second album Last Splash with a new reissue featuring unreleased music — and by playing the record in full on a tour that will include some dates opened by Belly, the band founded by ex-Breeder Tanya Donnelly.
The 4AD label will release Last Splash (30th Anniversary Original Analog Edition) on Sept. 22 in digital formats, on CD and on both black and clear vinyl. The album is remastered for the first time from the newly-found original analog tapes, the label says, and the vinyl was cut at half-speed at Abbey Road for a 45 rpm, 2LP pressing.
The vinyl edition of the new reissue will include a bonus one-sided, etched 12-inch featuring two previously unreleased tracks: “Go Man Go,” a song Kim Deal cowrote with her former Pixies bandmate Black Francis, and “Divine Mascis,” an alternate recording of “Divine Hammer” with Dinosaur Jr’s J Mascis on lead vocals. Both songs date back to the original recording sessions for the 1993 album, the label says, and “were left forgotten until the sessions were exhumed to create this new master.”
You can hear “Go Man Go” below via its new music video.
The CD edition is a single-disc affair featuring a Japanese vinyl replica sleeve with the original LP art that will include a “high definition master of the album” — and both of the previously unreleased tracks.
The Last Splash-era lineup of The Breeders — Kim Deal, Kelley Deal, Josephine Wiggs and Jim Macpherson — reunited in 2012 in conjunction with the 20th anniversary reissue of that album. After considerable touring, the group went on to record the band’s fifth album, All Nerve, which was released in 2018.
Since then, the band has released a cover of His Name Is Alive’s “The Dirt Eaters,” part of a 4AD collection of cover songs called Bills & Aches & Blues (40 Years of 4AD) that released in 2021.
To mark the 30th anniversary of Last Splash, The Breeders will play a special run of concerts in September and October during which they’ll perform the album in its entirety. They’ll be joined at those shows by Belly, Screaming Females and Horsegirl, depending on the date. The band is also opening a number of Foo Fighters shows and playing festivals.
Below, check out those tour dates and the reissue’s tracklist.
The Breeders, Last Splash (30th Anniversary Original Analog Edition)
A1. “New Year”
A3. “Invisible Man”
A4. “No Aloha”
B2. “Do You Love Me Now?”
C1. “I Just Wanna Get Along”
C2. “Mad Lucas”
C3. “Divine Hammer”
D3. “Drivin’ on 9”
D4. “Roi (Reprise)”
A1. “Go Man Go”
A2. “Divine Mascis”
The Breeders tour dates 2023
Aug. 3: Knitting Factory, Boise, ID
Aug. 4: Spokane Arena, Spokane, WA *
Aug. 6: Wildlands Festival, Big Sky, MT
Aug. 8: USANA Amphitheatre, Salt Lake City, UT *
Aug. 10: Lake Tahoe Outdoor Arena at Harvey’s, Stateline, NV *
Aug. 25: Ghost Ranch Music Festival, Albuquerque, NM
Sept. 7: Union Home Mortgage Plaza, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Cleveland, OH **
Sept. 8: KEMBA Live!, Columbus, OH **
Sept. 9: Fillmore, Detroit, MI **
Sept. 15: Riot Fest, Douglass Park, Chicago, IL
Sept. 17: Sea.Hear.Now Festival, Asbury Park, NJ
Sept. 19: Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater, Virginia Beach, VA *
Sept. 20: Fillmore, Philadelphia, PA ***
Sept. 21: Fillmore, Silver Spring, MD ***
Sept. 23: Kings Theater, Brooklyn, NY ***
Sept. 24: House of Blues, Boston, MA ***
Oct. 3: Talking Stick Resort Amphitheatre, Phoenix, AZ *
Oct. 5: Don Haskins Center, UTEP, El Paso, TX *
Oct. 8: Austin City Limits Music Festival, Austin, TX
Oct. 15: Austin City Limits Music Festival, Austin, TX
Oct. 19: The Wiltern, Los Angeles, CA ****
Oct. 20: Observatory, San Diego, CA ****
Oct. 22: Henry Miller Library, Big Sur CA ****
Oct. 23: The Warfield, San Francisco, CA ****
Oct. 25: Paramount, Seattle, WA ****
Nov. 19: Corona Capital 2023, Mexico City, Mexico
* Opening for Foo Fighters
** With Horsegirl
*** With Screaming Females
**** With Belly
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