Kim Deal Debuts Songs From Her Solo Album

Posted: July 04, 1995

On Sunday night at Upstairs At Nick's in Old City, the club had all the markings of a special event. The overflowing crowd was filled with local music devotees and celebrities including members of the Goats, the Low Road, and the Strapping Field Hands who had come to see the opening band, Tammy and the Amps, a pseudonym for a new solo side project from Kim Deal of the Breeders.

Debuting songs from her forthcoming solo recording, Deal took to the stage with the ebullience of a slacker cheerleader and led the band through a 40- minute set of new material.

Sounding more accessible than her previous material but marked by the stop- start melodic dissonance of her days with the Pixies, Deal whipped into dreamy yet strange songs such as "Hoverin," "Empty Glasses," and the shuffle-surf-styled "Tipp City."

It was a major booking coup for Nick's and an evening worthy of a page in the local music history books. Yet the crowd wasn't without its cynics. "I'm not so convinced," said one skeptic about four songs into Deal's set, "but I sometimes just enjoy the disgust."

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