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Q&A with Kim Deal of The Breeders

The Deal From the Buckeye State

Whether she likes it or not, Kim Deal finds herself at the epicenter of U.S. politics as all eyes look to swinging Ohio during the presidential election. The Breeders frontwoman, also a member of a little indie band you might have heard of called The Pixies, has lived in the Buckeye state for the last five years. Deal spoke with SF Station during a phone interview from her home. She performs with The Breeders on November 13th and 14th at Slim’s.

SF Station (SFS): Are you involved with politics in Ohio?

Kim Deal (KD): In 2004, my sister was a precinct leader and my mom and I helped her out. This year, we did a rally at Fountain Square in Cincinnati. It was organized to get people to vote early. I think it was sponsored by the Democrats because all the speakers that talked were for Obama. Usually, we just do rallies to get people to vote.

SFS: Are you an Obama fan?

KD: I’m an atheist. I go with whoever brings the minimal amount of religion into government.

SFS: I thought you were going to say you are a political atheist.

KD: Just about, but I hate to sound so cynical.

SFS: When there is a heightened sense of politics, does your audience change?

KD: I think about that and I’ve wondered, but I don’t think anything changes. If it does, I don’t have a wide enough perspective to take it in.

SFS: Have you noticed any changes with the economic turmoil?

KD: Don’t ask. The gas is down again, which is nice. What about you? Have you lost your job or anything?

SFS: Not yet, but I’m a little worried about it. I guess, as a musician you don’t have to think about that as much.

KD: I kind of worry about it all of the time. Since I am self-employed, in good times I worry about it as much as in dire times. I have to create my own ideas and have them be good enough for people to want them. But music is free now, so it doesn’t really matter anymore. The job is gone; it is a job.

SFS: What led to the release of your album Mountain Battles this year after a six-year break?

KD: It was done, so we put it out. Honestly, It took me that long. I don’t know why it takes that long.

SFS: How often do you write songs?

KD: I’m pretty lazy. I was thinking about why I don’t write more, and I don’t really know. I wrote 100 songs before I was 20 — two songs in a night sometimes. I think songwriting is easy; having to stand there and sing something meaningful is hard. I try to write something with meaning.

SFS: Do you try to find a mutual meaning between yourself and your audience or a personal meaning?

KD: It’s personal for me because I have no idea what the audience is thinking. I have a ’50s songbook and my mom and I will sing “Lollipop” here in the house. I have also written songs that no one has ever heard. I doesn’t make sense to play music or write songs if the only thing you are ever going to write is going to be sold. Not everything has to be sold. It can exist without somebody watching.

The Breeders perform November 13th and 14th at Slim’s. Tickets are $27. Doors open at 8pm and the show starts at 9pm.