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Breeders’ “Last Splash” Turns 30: A Legendary Reissue with a Twist

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In a world that is constantly evolving, there are some musical gems that stand the test of time. One such gem is the Breeders’ iconic album “Last Splash,” which celebrates its 30th anniversary with a reissue that has fans buzzing with excitement. But what’s even more thrilling is the inclusion of an archived track that unveils a captivating story with the legendary J Mascis.

“Divine Hammer,” one of the album’s standout tracks, has been given a remarkable makeover and a new name, “Divine Mascis.” How did this unexpected transformation come about? It’s a story that perfectly encapsulates the unpredictability and innovation that the Breeders are known for.  When the band decided to revisit their classic album for its 30th anniversary reissue, they dug deep into their archives and stumbled upon a long-forgotten gem. An early version of “Divine Hammer” was discovered, but it wasn’t quite like any other version fans had heard before. The band had sent the track to their friend and fellow musician, J Mascis, with a request for him to contribute some guitar work.  However, what transpired was nothing short of a musical curveball. Instead of adding his signature guitar wizardry, Mascis chose a different path. He erased the band’s vocals entirely and laid down his own distinctive voice over the instrumentation. The result was “Devine Mascis,” a track that was simultaneously familiar and brand new.

This unexpected twist in the reissue of “Last Splash” adds a layer of intrigue and excitement to an already beloved album. It’s a testament to the artistic freedom and unpredictability that have always defined the Breeders and their collaborators. Fans are now eagerly anticipating the chance to listen to this reimagined classic and experience the magic of “Devine Mascis” for themselves.

As the 30th-anniversary celebrations for “Last Splash” continue, it’s clear that the Breeders are as daring and innovative as ever, reminding us that great music can continue to surprise and inspire, even three decades on.

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The anniversary reissue of “last Splash” hits stores Friday September 22nd

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