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The Breeders Reuniting ‘Last Splash’ Lineup for Album’s 20th Anniversary

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Looks like we already have the 2013 Diffuser.fm Music Awards’ first nominee for Best Comeback. The classic lineup of Dayton, Ohio-based alt-rock heroes the Breeders has announced plans to reunite next year to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the band’s watershed 1992 album, ‘Last Splash.’

The reunion started with a simple text message: “Should we get together to play ‘Last Splash’ for its twentieth anniversary?” frontwoman Kim Deal wrote her former bandmates earlier this year. The four members — singer-guitarist Kim Deal, singer-guitarist Kelley Deal, bassist Josephine Wiggs and drummer Jim Macpherson — have since reconvened to begin rehearsals, and a 2013 tour is in the works.

The band already has scheduled an appearance at next June’s Deerhunter-curated ATP Festival in Camber Sands, England, and a deluxe anniversary edition of ‘Last Splash’ — titled ‘LSXX’ — is due in April. (The original album dropped on Aug. 31, 1993.)

The ‘Last Splash’-era Breeders lineup split up in 1995; Kim Deal reclaimed the band name in 1996, touring on and off for a few years with a band that was essentially Kim backed by her onetime side project the Amps. The Deal sister reformed the Breeders in 2001 with guitarist Richard Presley and bassist Mando Lopez from punk band Fear, embarking on a comeback tour and releasing the Steve Albini-engineered album ‘Title TK’ in 2002. That same lineup issued ‘Mountain Battles’ in 2008, and the band has performed a handful of times since, most recently at the ATP Festival in upstate New York in 2010.

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