The Breeders dive back into ‘Last Splash’

The Breeders performed at the Bell House in Brooklyn, N.Y., in March. The group is touring to mark the 20th anniversary of the album “Last Splash.”
The Breeders performed at the Bell House in Brooklyn, N.Y., in March. The group is touring to mark the 20th anniversary of the album “Last Splash.”Credit: Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images

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It has to be one of the most iconic bass lines in alternative rock. As played by Josephine Wiggs, the opening salvo of the Breeders’ “Cannonball” – the sound of a solo bass riffing high and low, then repeated but with a slight chord change the third time – made the song an instant classic when it was released in the early 1990s.

“Cannonball,” bolstered by a video kept in heavy rotation on MTV, was the centerpiece of “Last Splash,” the Breeders’ sophomore release that became their commercial breakthrough.

Prepare to feel old: That album turns 20 this year, and the Breeders lineup that played on it has reunited for a tour, including a sold-out stop at Royale on Thursday.

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