Older now, the Breeders turn to healthier hobbies
"The thing is, I didn't use FedEx," she says, sighing dejectedly. "If I had stayed with FedEx, I would've been fine. It was Emery Air Freight a real genius move on my part."
She can joke about it in retrospect, since the tale ended happily. That same year, she met her future husband Todd and then went on to cleanly launch two side projects (the Kelley Deal 6000 and the Last Hard Men). Then she rejoined her twin sister Kim in the Breeders, who play Denver next Wednesday to promote the new Mountain Battles.
In the process, Deal, now 46, learned that not everything has to be overnight. Rehab led her to a time-consuming hobby that's now become a dual career: the warp 'n woof world of knitting.
"And it's not about how fast you go," she explains. "If you're following a pattern, it's easy. But I, of course, never follow a pattern. I always make it up as I go along."
She's created enough strikingly original pieces to warrant her own pattern book, Bags that Rock, due out in October.
After a brief '04 reunion with the Pixies, Kim Deal moved from Los Angeles back to her native Dayton, Ohio, Kelley in tow, to care for their Alzheimer's-afflicted mother. So the Steve-Albini-tracked Mountain Battles has a naturally dark, reflective aura, even in jagged rockers like "German Studies."
Kelley doesn't consider it a reunion album, she says, "because we started doing the demos for this right after we finished our last record, Title TK, in '02. That's how it works you get 40 minutes of good music together, release that, then start working on the next 40 minutes."