Published Mar 17, 2009While there may not be a lot of commonalities between Obama art, roller girls and Bob Marley, all three will be featured on the upcoming Breeders EP, Fate to Fatal, which the band have announced is heading our way this spring.
Come April 21, the long-standing alt-rockers will deliver the new four-track offering, marking the group's first batch of new tunes since last year's underrated Mountain Battles, and their first self-release. Among the EP's highlights is a track called "The Last Time," which features guest vocals from grunge survivor Mark Lanegan, as well as a cover of Bob Marley and the Wailers' "Chances Are" that was recorded with Steve Albini. Another track called "Pinnacle Hollow" is also included, as is the title track, which the Breeders did with UK producer Gareth Parton (the Go! Team, the Pipettes), which will feature a forthcoming roller derby-themed video.
In a press release, Kim Deal had this to say about going the independent route on this one, rather than pairing back up with 4AD: "It seems that now, more than at any other time in the past, we could put the music out ourselves - hand-screen some cool artwork ourselves, sell the EPs at our shows and on our website, as well as get them to traditional record stores and other online outlets. So, we're just going to press up a thousand twelve-inch vinyls."
For Fate to Fatal's artwork, Deal adds that the band enlisted artist Chris Glass, who recently designed the logo for U.S. President Barack Obama's American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. "We saw a news photo of Obama and Biden at a press conference standing next to a signboard with the logo on it - well, Chris designed the artwork for our EP," Deal says. "He's like family - we're related by marriage, so it was really exciting and it looks really good. We're getting some fancy craft paper for twelve-inch sleeves, and Kelley and I are going to personally hand-screen the artwork at Chris's studio, Wire & Twine, in Ohio."
There's no word yet when we can expect to see the video for "Fate to Fatal," which features St. Louis roller derby team Arch Rival Roller Girls, but you can check out some behind-the-scenes photos of the video shoot here.