Barnett was on a day off on her US tour when she and her band went to visit The Breeders at their studio in Ohio, where the band are recording their first album since ‘Mountain Battles’ in 2008.
While they were in the studio, The Breeders invited Barnett and her band to sing backing vocals on a song, which appears to credit them as The Courtney Barnett Quintet. The Breeders posted a photo of a demo CD of the song, with the message: “Courtney Barnett’s band – in town yesterday to play at Nelsonville – visited us in the studio. Of course, we had them sing backup vocals on a song…”
Following their acclaimed 1990s albums ‘Pod’ and ‘Last Splash’, The Breeders disbanded in 1995. A new line-up released the album ‘Title TK’ in 2002. Co-singer Kim Deal rejoined Pixies on bass for their reunion in 2004, before leaving again in 2013.
The same year, the ‘Last Splash’ line-up of Kim Deal, her sister Kelley Deal, bassist Josephine Wiggs and drummer Jim Macpherson reunited for a 20th anniversary tour of the album. It’s this line-up which is recording the new album.
Barnett plays festival shows at Somerset House Summer Series, Latitude and Longitude in July, before the tour for her album ‘Sometimes I Sit And Think And Sometimes I Just Sit’ ends with a show at Fuji Rock festival in Japan on July 22.