the Breeders, Nervous Mary.

Exuding the kind of tearaway confidence to dramatically belie its title, Nervous Mary (below) is not only the opening number from the Breeders’ forthcoming All Nerve full-length, but – following on from both the antemeridian might of Wait in the Car and the head-on, driving All Nerve – must also be deemed its most immediate thus far. For although it begins in a guttural lower gear, Kim, Kelley & Co. rev up proceedings within the minute, striking rip-roaring chords left, right and centre as they do so. Recalling erstwhile labelmates Belly and Throwing Muses all the while, Nervous Mary is a spiky, prickly listen which perfectly elucidates precisely why 4AD have stuck by the band through thickened, deluxe box set reissues and decades over which one solitary record would be ever so very thinly spread alike. And may this – and, perhaps more pertinently, All Nerve – mark the mere beginning of a rather more creatively active renaissance, therefore…

All Nerve is available from March 2nd via 4AD, while the Breeders play the Roundhouse on May 30th.