Last month, the Breeders shot a music video here in town for a song set to appear on a new EP
. Just got a press release that the EP has a name: Fate to Fatal
, which also happens to be the song featured in said video. The press release has more information about the music on the EP -- and how the band came to St. Louis. I'll have a further interview with one of the Deal sisters and audio/video as soon as I can!
Details on the EP:
"We started with a song called 'Fate to Fatal,'" recalls Kim. "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."
Details on the St. Louis connection:
"It was a weird thing that happened," explains Kelley. "The Breeders were on
tour last summer, and we went through St. Louis where we met up with our friend
Amy Whited. She is an Arch Rival roller girl - for the St. Louis roller girl
team. I've known her since she was 16 or 17 - I met her in 1994 at Lollapalooza
in Chicago. We really watched her grow up, and we talked about how cool it would
be to do a video with the Breeders performing live while a roller derby game was
going on around us.
Then, last October in Cincinnati, the Breeders played a
'Vote Early, Rock Late' rally. While we were there, these girls introduced
themselves to us as the Cincinnati roller derby team. Then in November, I was
doing a signing for my book ["Bags That Rock: Knitting on the Road with Kelley
Deal"] and judging a craft show in Minneapolis, and one of the teams that I was
judging at the craft show was the Minnesota roller girls. All this was going on
and I thought, 'this roller derby thing is really knocking at my door - I gotta
do this!' So, I got a hold of Amy and we figured it all out. We got the first
edit of the video last week, and the Arch Rival girls look great. I can't wait
for them to see it!