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Exclusive Premiere: The Breeders' "Fate to Fatal" Video and Song

April 14, 2009 4:39 PM ET

The Breeders' limited-edition EP Fate to Fatal is just one week away — the disc hits on April 21st — and Kim and Kelley Deal are revealing their video for the title track (and a free download of the song!) right here at Rock Daily.

As Rolling Stone reported in March, the EP features art hand-screened by the Deals themselves, a cover of Bob Marley's "Chances Are" and a guest vocal spot by Screaming Trees' Mark Lanegan. The title track was recorded in London while the band was on tour, and Kim explains that the song's name comes from the line "What men pray for, what men cradle/I've gone from fate to fatal." "Whatever people believe with their religions, a lot of times I think people are crazy!" she says. "The ideal of what some men and women hold dear, and what some women will worship, I just don't get." She laughs that the song "sounds heavy" thematically, but says it comes with the "cutest video."

The video (watch it above, and watch the making-of footage Skate to Fatal) features an all-girl St. Louis roller derby team called the Arch Rivals (and there may be a shot of Kelley Deal in there, too). The Deals had a personal reason for turning to the derby, and an inside joke led to the words engraved in the EP's runout groove, too. "There's this Roman senator guy Cato," Kelley says, referring to Cato the Elder, who lived in 200 BCE, "he always ended whatever speech with, 'And furthermore, Carthage, Carthage must be destroyed.' " Adds Kim, "So on the A-side we put, 'and furthermore' and on the B side 'Carthage must be destroyed."

A new EP with a history lesson included at no additional charge. Check out the finished video above, and grab "Fate to Fatal" as an MP3 right here:

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The Breeders Meet the Roller Derby: Behind the Deals' "Fate to Fatal" Video
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