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Breeders still making a splash


For alt-rock fans of a certain age, it might seem like only yesterday that The Breeders released its groundbreaking 1993 album Last Splash, featuring the funky, whimsical hit Cannonball. Well, they’re not the only ones: One of the band members shares that sentiment.

“It feels like no time has passed at all,” says guitarist Kelley Deal, who along with her twin sister Kim (she’s also a member of The Pixies) will front The Breeders Wednesday night at Grand Central in Miami for the 20th anniversary of the release of the album.

“Not a month has passed — that’s how it feels. And honestly, is that a good thing? Is that a bad thing? A case could be made either way, I’m sure, about how little we have all grown [laughs], or maybe how we grew and changed and came back full-circle. I’d like to think it’s the latter.”

Like so many rock bands, The Breeders endured its share of typical drama, from drugs to several hiatuses. But the original lineup from Last Splash is back together, including bassist Josephine Wiggs and drummer Jim Macpherson.

“It’s been really fun, and it feels really effortless,” says Deal. “And we also have the violinist who joined us for the song Drivin’ on 9 — we’re using the hell out of her on this!”

Deal says that the last time she performed in Miami was when The Breeders opened for Nirvana in the early ’90s, an era of monumental musical changes, with the advent of grunge and indie-rock. But Deal says the band members were largely oblivious to its significance.

“Like any other time period that becomes legendary, when it’s happening, you don’t get it,” she says.

“And it’s not until time has gone by, and it develops importance culturally to other people that you look back and go, ‘Wow, that was like the ’60s or something,’ like a time period that meant a lot to a lot of people.”

Michael Hamersly

Info: Show is 8 p.m. Wednesday, Grand Central, 697 N. Miami Ave., Miami; 305-377-2277 or; $30

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